Ashley E. Racette

Ashley E. Racette: Attorney with Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC
  • Associate at Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC (55 Attorneys)
  • Detroit Center, 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 2500, Detroit, MI 48226
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Ashley Racette maintains a general litigation practice, with an emphasis on complex business litigation as well as probate litigation.


In addition to her litigation work, Ashley is part of the firm’s estate and trust planning and administration group. She is particularly experienced in matters relating to trust administration and estate administration.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys yoga and, as a former division one college soccer player, cheering on the Chelsea Football Club.

Insights & News

May 24, 2018

Kerr Russell supports, attorneys and guests attend Opera MODO's La Cenerentola (Cinderella), May 24-27

The arts are such an important part of what makes a community, and, in the Motor City, we have a long and impressive history of innovative and entrepreneurial creators who carve their own unique artistic paths. One of the most recent additions to Detroit's performance community is Opera MODO (founded in 2011).

April 23, 2018

Kerr Russell colleagues and family members spend Earth Day 2018 volunteering at Votrobeck Playground

In observance of Earth Day 2018, Kerr Russell colleagues returned to the garden at Votrobeck Playground in Detroit for spring planting and clean-up on Saturday, April 21. Thank you to Joanne Geha Swanson both for organizing the effort and for these beautiful photos - view the full album here.

April 5, 2018

Fred Herrmann honored at Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law luncheon

On April 5, Kerr Russell member Fred Herrmann (antitrust, litigation, dispute resolution) was honored at a luncheon, held at the Detroit Marriott - Troy, alongside the rest of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law Class of 2018. Kerr Russell attendees included Jim Cambridge, Jason Bank, Dan Schulte, Dan Ferris, Jeff May, Anna Valk, Ashley Racette, and Roy Sexton. Fred's wife Mindy Herrmann was there as well. (Picture left. To the left, Fred receives his award from Opinion Editor Agenique Smiley.)

March 29, 2018

Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell

Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.

February 9, 2018

Kerr Russell supports Life is a Cabaret American Cancer Society Relay for Life event

On February 7, Kerr Russell turned out in force to support Life is a Cabaret: LIVE Musical Fundraiser for Relay For Life of Canton and Plymouth, MI. Director of Marketing Roy Sexton performed a number of songs during the show and served as a co-emcee alongside Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D.. Kerr Russell attendees (pictured) included Angie Lyons-Hincks, Candice Hadley, Brandy Mathie, Ashley Racette, Sue Smith, Cindy Villeneuve, Jan Clarey, Jeffrey May, Kathleen Westfall, Gail Showler, Laura Evans Jones, Karen Schumer, Debra Behrmann, Heather Kalfayan, Kristina Kalfayan, Kelly Hinojosa, Jackie Klima, Susan Willis, and their friends and family.

January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

December 22, 2017

Kerr Russell's health care practice updates advertising message for physician association publications, including MSMS' Michigan Medicine and MOA's TRIAD

Be on the lookout for our updated in-magazine advertising for the Michigan Osteopathic Association's TRIAD and Michigan State Medical Society's Michigan Medicine, among other publications in future months. [Design by Nikki Horn.]

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 30, 2017

Kerr Russell, Boulevard Investment lunch and learn

Kerr Russell hosted Royal Oak's Boulevard Investment Banking at our Detroit office for a lunch-and-learn event on Thursday, November 30. From Boulevard's website: Boulevard is a boutique, investment banking and private investment firm focused on working with owners, operators, and businesses active in the middle market.

November 21, 2017

Detroit Bar Honors Mayor Mike Duggan at 2017 Archer Award Gala; Kerr Russell a Silver Sponsor

From the Detroit Bar Association: Congratulations to Mayor Mike Duggan who was presented the Dennis Archer Public Service Award by the Detroit Bar Foundation Thursday, November 16 at the Detroit Yacht Club. Also congratulations to the Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for their original legal work product that advances the field of law and our Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition of DTE Energy, Matrix Human Services, Ally Financial and General Motors Company.

November 17, 2017

Matrix Human Services receives Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition from Detroit Bar Association Foundation

Kudos to Matrix Human Services for receiving Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition from the Detroit Bar Association Foundation. The award was presented on November 16 at the Detroit Bar Association Foundation's Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award event - which also honors legal professionals whose careers demonstrate an outstanding commitment to public service.

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: A culture of connection. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm.

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with A Track Record of Results. Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.

October 12, 2017

dBusiness' coverage of 30 in Their Thirties - Kerr Russell attorneys featured in photo gallery

From dBusiness: On Oct. 10, dBusiness magazine hosted a breakfast to honor the 2017 Class of 30 in Their Thirties at the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit. The keynote speaker was Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co. in Detroit, who addressed the business side of planning and operating America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van as well as the Ford Fireworks and other family-orientated events.

October 10, 2017

Attorneys celebrate 30 in Their 30s at dBusiness breakfast

Kerr Russell attorneys William Blasses, Jason Bank, Kate McCarroll, Ashley Racette, Broc Gullett, and Katherine Cser celebrated the DBusiness Magazine’s 30 in Their 30s honorees and learned about The Parade Company at the dBusiness Breakfast on October 10 at the Gem/Century Theatres.

October 6, 2017

Team spirit ... for some great causes

Today was a day of team building and team spirit, camaraderie and good-natured rivalry. To raise money for Kerr Russell’s holiday giving initiatives, attorneys and colleagues were encouraged, for a small donation, to wear their favorite team apparel - with an obvious leaning toward tomorrow’s big game between the Spartans and the Wolverines.

August 10, 2017

A culture of giving

If you want to know how a firm can thrive for over 140 years in a city that has faced considerable challenges, walk through the door of Kerr Russell’s suite on the 25th floor of the Detroit Center and get a feel for the people.

August 9, 2017

Ashley Racette and Kathleen Westfall participate in the Lakeshore Legal Aid Expungement Clinic pro-bono program

Kerr Russell lawyers Ashley Racette and Kathleen Westfall participated in the Lakeshore Legal Aid Expungement Clinic pro-bono program on August 8, 2017.

July 28, 2017

Kerr Russell is honored to have been named to the 2017 State Bar of Michigan Pro-Bono Circle of Excellence

Kerr Russell is honored to have been named to the 2017 State Bar of Michigan Pro-Bono Circle of Excellence at the Leadership Level. Kerr Russell attorneys Jeffrey May, Ashley Racette and John Kenny participated in the Lakeshore Legal Aid/Southwest Solutions/Drivers License Restoration Veterans Clinic, a pro-bono program, on July 11, 2017.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Estate and Trust Planning and Administration
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
313.961.0200  Phone
313.961.0388  Fax
University Attended:
University of Louisville, B.S., Criminal Justice; University of Louisville, B.A., English, Student Athlete (Soccer)
Law School Attended:
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude; Michigan State Law Review, Associate Editor; King Scholar Full Tuition Honors Program; Jurisprudence Awards in Professional Responsibility, Regulatory State, and Lawyers & Ethics
Year of First Admission:
Michigan; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
State Bar of Michigan

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