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Practice Areas 
Construction Litigation 
Employment Law 
Fair Labor Standards Act 
Title VII 
Materialman/Mechanic’s Liens 
Appellate Practice 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D. with Honors 

  • Moot Court Board,  Chair (2007-2008) 

  • UALR National Trial Competition Team, Member (2007-2008) 

  • Student Bar Association, Vice President (2006-2007), First Year Class Representative (2005-2006) 

  • Top Paper, Employment Law 

University of Central Arkansas, B.S., Biology; Minor, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies 

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas 


Ashley D. Peoples  



P: 501.221.9393 
F: 501.221.7058 

Ashley D. Peoples is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is centered around business litigation, including construction contract disputes, employment litigation, and construction defect claims.  As a part of her practice, Ms. Peoples also regularly represents clients in regulatory matters involving OSHA and Department of Labor compliance issues. She also provides legal counsel to businesses in the areas of contract review, drafting, and negotiation as well as advising on employment matters. 

Ms. Peoples is a regular presenter on topics involving the construction industry and employment-related issues, including wage and hour compliance, non-compete agreements, sexual harassment, hazards and pit-falls to avoid when executing construction contracts, contract negotiation, liens and bond claims under Arkansas law, subcontractors and suppliers, and residential and commercial construction contracts. 

Publications and Presentations 
ABC Merit Shop Report:  To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate:  An Analysis of Whether a Mandatory Arbitration Clause is Right for Your Company (February 2017)  

ABC Merit Shop Report:  Direct Sale Exception to the Pre-Construction Notice for Residential Projects Upheld by Arkansas Supreme Court—For Now (June 2016) 

ABC Merit Shop Report:  The Pay-If-Paid Clause is Still Alive and Well in Arkansas (February 2015) 

Continuing Legal Education Presentation:  Updates to Federal Overtime and Minimum Wage Laws (September 2016) 

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Greater Little Rock Chapter, Presentation:  Lien and Bond Claims in Arkansas (April 2016) 

Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas Presentation:  Employment Law Update (July 2015) 

Continuing Legal Education Presentation:  Subcontractors vs. Suppliers:  What’s the Difference and Why Should we Care? (January 2011) 

Representative Cases 
Obtained jury verdict in favor of specialty contractor in claim against the owner for breach of contract. (January 2019)  

Successful representation of contractor in large arbitration regarding multi-million dollar commercial project.  Contractor alleged breach of contract and damages of over $230,000, and owner claimed a back-charge of over $700,000 against the contractor.  (October 2018) 

Obtained unanimous jury verdict in favor of owner in lawsuit brought by contractor for breach of contract.  The jury also unanimously awarded damages to the owner on his counterclaim for breach of contract/defective work against the contractor.  (January 2017) 

Successfully defended and secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of employer in lawsuit brought by former employees for breach of contract and promissory estoppel.  (January 2016) 

Successful representation of a hotel owner in a lawsuit brought by a contractor seeking damages for alleged breach of contract.  The unanimous jury verdict also awarded the hotel owner damages against the contractor on its counterclaim for breach of contract against the contractor.  (February 2015) 

Successful appeal before the Arkansas Court of Appeals, Divisions II and III, from a judgment of dismissal with prejudice on the pleadings in favor of business owner in malpractice suit against accountant.  United Systems of Arkansas, Inc. v. Beason & Nalley, Inc., Chad Braley, and David Miller, 2014 Ark. App. 534.

Honors and Awards 
Arkansas Life Magazine Readers’ Choice 2019 Top Attorney   

Professional Associations and Memberships 
Arkansas Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Council 2017-present  

Construction Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association, Member 

Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, Member 

University of Central Arkansas Alumni Chapter, Member 

Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, Member