Ashley Smith Herndon

Ashley Smith Herndon

Shalimar, Florida

As a previous Assistant State Attorney, prosecuting both in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit as well as the First Judicial Circuit in Florida, Ashley Smith Herndon knows the ins and outs of criminal law. As a former prosecutor and now as a defense attorney, Ms. Herndon has tried approximately one hundred trials to verdict. Having returned to her home town to practice law, she aggressively defends the Constitutional Rights of those who have been accused of crimes.

Ms. Herndon is an AV, Preeminent Attorney, as rated by Martindale Hubbell, who handles an array of criminal law cases. Ms. Herndon represents clients in DUI and BUI cases, Driving on Suspended License, Drug Possession, Drug Sale and Trafficking cases, Assault and Battery cases, Domestic Violence cases, Juvenile offenses, all types of Misdemeanors and Felonies, Homicide, DUI Manslaughter, BUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, Burglary, Robbery, Expungements, Sealings, and Probation Violations.

Ms. Herndon is former President of the Okaloosa Walton County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Florida Bar, the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Circuit, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Okaloosa Chapter.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2001


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • Auburn University , Auburn, Alabama - 1998
    • Major: Master of Education
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, President, 2006 - 2007
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, Vice President, 2005 - 2006
  • The Florida Bar, 2001 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa County Chapter)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committee First Indicial Circuit, Member, 2009 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • 1st Judicial Circuit & Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Assistant State Attorney, 2001 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member Founders & Justice, Established Walter J. Smith Justice Fund, Legal Services Northwest Florida, 2005 - Present