Shapard D. Ashley
150 South Perry Street (36104)
Post Office Box 2069 (36102)
LL.M., Taxation, The University of Alabama, 1987
J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 1978
B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1975
Honors and Awards
The Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate Law
Best Lawyers - Montgomery Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Best Lawyers - Montgomery Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2017
Best Lawyers - Montgomery Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2018
Best Lawyers - Montgomery Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2021
Super Lawyers - Real Estate
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Award
For more than thirty-five years, Shap Ashley’s commercial law practice has focused on real estate development, representation of lenders and borrowers in secured transactions and advising parties in workouts. His real estate practice has emphasized the construction, leasing and financing of shopping centers throughout the southeast and the development of planned residential communities. His loan experience includes a wide range of real estate collateral (retail and office space, multi-family housing, industrial plants, health care facilities and agricultural land), as well as related income stream collateral. The balance of his practice includes representing lenders, owners and purchasers of distressed residential and commercial projects and other businesses.
Shap is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, has served as Chairman of the Alabama State Bar Association’s Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section and has lectured at seminars presented by the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education and various title insurance companies.
He has been involved extensively with the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy serving as the Chair of the Alabama Chapter’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and 2016. He presently serves as President of River Region Trails, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to developing walking and biking trails in the River Region area.
Shap is proficient in German. In 2015, he received the Goethe Institute proficiency rating of B2, which corresponds to the fourth level (B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Publications and Lectures
Commercial Real Estate Development: The Seller's Perspective, Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education
The Nuts and Bolts of Conveyances, Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Bankruptcy Exemption Manual, West Bankruptcy Series (Alabama Contributor)