Ashley Esparza Sykes is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Ashley has experience in a wide range of employment-related matters and advises employers on issues related to employee hiring, discipline, and discharge; covenants not to compete and trade secret protections; discrimination and harassment charges; employee policies and handbooks; leave and accommodation issues; and on day-to-day workplace compliance matters.
Ashley represents clients in state and federal court as well as before various administrative agencies in litigation concerning employment discrimination and enforcement of non-compete agreements, as well as other areas of employment law.
Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, she was a legal intern with the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
Education and Honors
- University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2015)
- Florida Journal of International Law (Student Works Editor)
- Book Award Recipient in Administrative Law
- Central Michigan University (B.S., cum laude, 2011)
- Majors: Spanish, Political Science (International Relations)
- Centralis Scholar, Honors Program (awarded to top 40 incoming students)
- NCAA Division I Track and Field, Pole Vault
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Professional and Civic Activities
- The Florida Bar (Member of Labor and Employment Section, Member of Young Lawyers Division)
- Collier County Bar Association (Member of Labor and Employment Section, Member of Young Lawyers Division)
- Collier County Women’s Bar Association (Member)
- Michael R.N. McDonnell American Inn of Court (Member)
- H.R. Collier (Member)