Ashman received his B.A. from Emory University and his Juris doctor cum laude from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he was on the Mercer Law Review He was admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1980.
Ashman has a general civil practice in the Atlanta area, including divorce, adoption, bankruptcy, wills, and personal injury.
In Georgia, part-time municipal judges may maintain a law practice. He has been in practice since 1980.
Ashman is the author of the Georgia Municipal Judges Benchbook, updated annually and used by judges across the state as a basic reference. He has authored the Benchbook since 2002. The benchbook is published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICJE)and the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges
Ashman also authored Random Searches at Public Concert Held Fourth Amendment Violation in the Mercer Law Review, Volume 30, Page 1093 (1979).
Ashman is a long-time participant in the online world, hosting some of the longest lived forums on Delphi Forums. His Personal Lawand Southern States forum date to the mid 1990s. He also hosts the Medical forum, Weight Watcher's Forum, and What's Happening on Delphi and is a former member of the DelphiForums staff. His Personal Law's "Ask a Lawyer for Free"is one of the oldest legal help resources on the internet, dating back to 1994. He is also active on LawGuru.com's Ask a Lawyerservice.
One of Judge Ashman's more notable and unusual cases had the unexpected result of ultimately defining the law for appeals from municipal courts in Georgia. Russell v. City of East Point, 261 Ga. 213, 403 SE2d 50 (1991), an appeal of Judge Ashman's decision, dealt with how appellate courts handle appeals of Constitutional issues from local courts. Locally, it is more commonly known as the kudzu case, and dealt with an attorney's home being overgrown with the weed. The constitutional issue was whether a right to a jury trial applies in a local ordinance case in which the court has held that there is no possibility of incarceration.