Overview

I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo focuses her practice on construction law, real estate law, employment law, and commercial business law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, jury and bench trials in both federal and state court. She also represents businesses in liquor licensing in the state of Tennessee. I’Ashea regularly handles matters related to the building and development of both commercial and residential property. I’Ashea counsels her clients on a wide range of matters and disputes including:

  • Claims and disputes arising from contract disputes, defective work, payment disputes, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, design defects and delay claims.
  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts for owners, prime and subcontractors.
  • Business Torts and Contract claims.
  • OSHA compliance matters.
  • Liquor Licensing and Compliance.

Experience

I’Ashea's experience includes representing owners, prime contractors and subcontractors in federal and state court. She also counsels owners and contractors at the beginning of their projects on contractual terms and negotiations to lessen the likelihood of disputes and litigation. Further, she represents businesses in commercial litigation disputes and resolutions prior to trial. Some representations of her work are listed below:

  • Represented commercial tenant in a dispute regarding negligent construction and renovation of leased space and prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in favor of the commercial tenant.
  • Defense of a general contractor in a negligent construction dispute which required arbitration pursuant the contract documents. After the removal of the case from court, successfully negotiated a settlement and release of all claims against the contractor prior to arbitration.
  • Successfully halted the construction of a commercial building structure due to OSHA violations of the general contractor on the site affecting the adjoining property owner.
  • Successfully resolved a dispute in favor of the prime contractor in the discovery phase of the litigation, where Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed action based upon discovery interrogatories.

Professional Recognition and Activities

Awards

  • 2018 Murfreesboro Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40
  • Fellow for the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law,
    2018 - 2021
  • 2018 National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Attorney for Justice, 2016 and 2017
  • United Way Catalyst 2015
  • TBA Diversity Leadership Institute, Class of 2014 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Construction Law Forum, Diversity Fellow
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (TACC)
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
  • Harry Phillips Inn of Court
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Napier Looby Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Litigation and Best Practices After the Storm”: ABA Annual Meeting: Forum on Construction Law; New Orleans, LA, April 2018
  • “The End Game: How to Develop and Implement Your Resolution Strategy” DRI Voice of the Defense Bar Construction Law Bootcamp; Chicago, IL, November 2018
  • “Dealing with Natural Disasters – Here Comes the Flood (of Legal Issues)” ABA Annual Meeting: Forum on Construction Law; Session Coordinator; Hollywood, FL, Spring 2019

Community Involvement

I'Ashea is committed to building a better future for her community through advocacy and the promotion of equal justice. She spearheaded the first-ever expungement clinic for Rutherford County and is currently planning future clinics with community partners. I'Ashea was recently honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court as an Attorney for Justice for her pro bono service.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and works with the Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee for their annual Gatsby Ball.

Insights

Published Works:

"Cost-Plus Contract Agreement and the Disorganized Contractor," ABA Under Construction publication, Spring 2018
Regular contributor - “The Dispute Resolver,” a publication of the Forum on Construction Law, Division 1

About I'Ashea

I'Ashea strives to make the community better. She regularly looks for ways to serve the underserved through volunteer legal clinic opportunities and involvement in politics. When she is not practicing law, I’Ashea’s favorite pastimes are spending time with her family, reading a good novel and trying out new recipes.

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