Ashton J. Zylstra

Ashton Zylstra is an attorney with Hansel Law, P.C., who practices civil rights law, medical malpractice, employment discrimination law, and constitutional law. She represents clients in both trial and appellate practice.

Ashton joined Hansel Law, P.C., after clerking with the Honorable Jeannie E. Cho on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, where she assisted with a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. Prior to her experience as a clerk, Ashton previously practiced as an Associate at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, in the Baltimore office. While at Womble Bond Dickinson, Ashton was part of a busy contract practice, structuring, documenting, and reviewing lease and loan documentation for moving assets such as aircraft, locomotives, trucks, and tankers.

As a law student at the University of Maryland, Ashton participated in an appellate practice clinic, where she argued two criminal appeals before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Ashton also competed on her law school’s National Trial Team and Moot Court Board, representing her school at competitions all throughout the country.

When she is not working to provide the best advocacy possible for her clients, Ashton can generally be found training, out running in the streets of her neighborhood or cycling on the virtual streets of Watopia in Zwift. She enjoys racing a wide variety of endurance races, from 5K races through Ironman triathlons. To date, Ashton has run 9 marathons, 14 half marathons, 1 Ironman, and 2 Half Ironman triathlons, plus numerous races of shorter distances.

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D., 2017
Pennsylvania State University, M.I.A., 2013
Santa Clara University, B.A., 2011

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Reported Cases
Krell v. Braightmeyer, 828 Fed. Appx. 155 (4th Cir. 2020) (defeating qualified immunity)
Anne Arundel Cnty. v. Reeves, 474 Md. 46 (2021)
Murphy v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 478 Md. 333 (2022) (amicus curiae)
Ashton J. Zylstra, Associate
Hansel Law, PC
2514 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Telephone:      301-461-1040
Facsimile:        443-451-8606