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Some might say that Laurie Koller was destined to be a lawyer.
Even her kindergarten report card commented on Laurie’s love of justice — although her methods of achieving justice at that time leaned more towards biting than advocating.
By the time she was 8 years old, she renounced her goal to be the President of the United States (after all, people shot at the President), and instead set her sights on becoming a lawyer.
And her passion for justice has continued to become even stronger and more refined.
She obtained her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1991 and began her career as a defense attorney. In 2002, she transitioned to her current practice: civil representation of injured people.
The great-granddaughter of a coal-miner who lost his life in the West Virginia mines, Laurie knows that injury does not just harm the individual — it affects their family, and often their community as a whole.
In 2018, Laurie began focusing more of her practice on representing victims of sexual assault against institutions that failed to protect them. The unfortunate truth is that the justice system often turns its back on survivors of sexual assault.
Throughout her career, Laurie has helped countless people through the traumatic experience of opening up about an episode of their life they would rather forget.
Though her job is to help get justice for her clients, she has made it her mission to see her clients grow “past and through” the trauma they’ve endured; working to make sure her clients are armed with resources to recover and heal.
Outside of work, Laurie loves to cook, read, and travel. She is a proud mother of two and enjoys being able to use her creative tendencies in her work.
For Laurie, it’s more than just winning the trial that is important. Real justice is when her clients no longer need her because they’re on their way back to health and wholeness.
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Ashley Leavitt has always been interested in helping others — even if that interest didn’t manifest itself in the law immediately.
After years working as an orchestra teacher, she switched career paths to work as a paralegal, but her fascination for becoming more active with the law could not be denied.
While watching her first jury trial, she decided she would do what no one in her family had done before and go to law school.
Ashley earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2016. The same year, she was named Student Ambassador of the Year and secured an Elite Eight finish in the National Native American Law Student Association (NNALSA) National Moot Court Competition with her partner.
Additionally, she received both the Order of Barristers and Pro Bono award in recognition of her work outside the classroom throughout law school.
Ashley knows that businesses and insurance companies have in-house attorneys or attorneys on retainer and know how to take advantage of regular people. That’s why Ashley always works with her clients to ensure they understand exactly what is happening with their claims.
Her experience as a paralegal also taught her that most clients want their attorney to listen, and she strives to prioritize client communication and making her clients comfortable.
An Iowa native, Ashley is a big fan of the Iowa State Cyclones (remember — she’s a fan of underdogs) and lives with her husband and their young son in the country with their dog, cat, and flock of chickens. Ashley considers her son her biggest achievement, and is proud of him every day.
Outside of the office, Ashley enjoys gardening, being out on the lake, and playing in their local church’s band (usually playing piano or bass guitar).
Ashley knows there is plenty of injustice in the world, but she loves being able to help correct even the smallest injustice in her clients’ lives.
Daria McLeod is an experienced paralegal who has worked with Laurie Koller for five years. She received paralegal certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and holds advanced certifications in Discovery and Trial Practice.
After graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in Public Justice, Daria married and focused on her family. In 2005, Daria kicked off the second half of her career by earning her Paralegal Certificate with Honors from The University of Tulsa in 2005. While her early legal career was spent working with defense firms in medical malpractice and insurance defense, her later career focused on plaintiff work in personal injury, sexual assault, and medical malpractice.
Daria is a long-time distance runner and spends her free time on the trail and home with her three dogs.
Every employee of Koller Trial Law is trauma-informed and understands the need for extreme confidentiality.