Mr. Ashmore was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina as were his parents and grandparents. He has practiced law in South Carolina for over 30 years. He graduated from the College of Charleston in 1981. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1986, he clerked for Bankruptcy Judges for four years. From 1990 through 1996, Mr. Ashmore was a Federal Prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina. He spent three years in the civil division and three years in the criminal division. His civil division areas of practice involved defending the United States and its agencies in all areas of civil litigation and trials. His civil trial experience included wrongful death, medical malpractice, various tort actions, and asset forfeiture.
While in the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ashmore prosecuted hundreds of cases including bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and drug conspiracies. In Mr. Ashmore’s last year as an Assistant United States Attorney, he had the highest number of convictions in the State of South Carolina with over 160 convictions. He received a special commendation from the Director of the FBI in 1993 for the successful conviction at trial of two defendants in a multimillion-dollar white collar fraud case.
Mr. Ashmore’s trial experience includes dozens of trials. He has represented hundreds of individuals in state and federal criminal courts, having tried cases ranging from DUI to murder. Mr. Ashmore has significant experience in white collar crimes including securities fraud, health care fraud, investment schemes, environmental crimes, and long-term government investigations of individuals and corporations. In 2009, his client was found not guilty after a four-day jury trial in federal court in Anderson, South Carolina on all six counts of mail fraud. His client was accused of participating in a $12 million fraudulent scheme.
Mr. Ashmore has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the State of South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He obtained a reversal of a voluntary manslaughter conviction in the State of South Carolina Supreme Court and was lead counsel in the underlying murder trial. In 2006, a Federal Judge granted a suppression motion filed by Mr. Ashmore after a two-day hearing in Greenville, South Carolina which was related to an unconstitutional search on Interstate 85. The indictment was dismissed.
In the civil arena, Mr. Ashmore’s experience includes defending an international mining company against 975 individual federal lawsuits; an oil company that discharged 1 million gallons of diesel fuel into the Reedy River in a class action and related criminal case; and a trucking company in an $18 million settlement of three federal wrongful death lawsuits. He has spoken at numerous legal conferences and has been interviewed on the Fox News Network’s nationally televised “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Mr. Ashmore has represented clients in a number of other states. He has been associated as local counsel on many occasions by some of the largest law firms in the nation.Mr. Ashmore has been appointed by Federal Judges to serve as the Receiver in three of the largest pyramid schemes ever prosecuted in federal court in South Carolina. In 2000, Mr. Ashmore was appointed by a Federal Judge in Anderson, South Carolina, to serve as the Receiver in a criminal case involving an international fraudulent scheme of over $50 million. Over $25 million was recovered from around the world and returned to 900 investors, making this one of the most successful Receiverships in the Country. In 2006, he was appointed by a South Carolina Circuit Judge as Trustee in a civil action in Greenville County involving the handling of electronic personal data belonging to teachers and students. In 2007, he was appointed by the federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, to serve as Trustee in a criminal case involving nine defendants with allegations of securities fraud of over $30 million. That same year, he was appointed Receiver by a Federal Judge in Columbia, South Carolina in a criminal case involving an $80 million fraudulent scheme with over 4,000 victims. To date, he has disbursed $19 million to those victims.
In 2006, Mr. Ashmore was appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to the Commission on Lawyer Conduct which deals with disciplinary proceedings against members of the South Carolina Bar. In 2007, he was appointed to the Upstate Citizens Screening Committee which evaluates judicial candidates for the South Carolina Courts. He is the past President of the Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.