Ashley Gengler Nielsen

Position: Associate

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Ashley Gengler Nielsen

Ashley Nielsen focuses her practice on franchising, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and leasing.  

As a member of the largest franchise practice in North Carolina, she regularly counsels start-up and early-stage franchisors in building their brands and navigating complex state and federal franchise regulations.   She also serves as general corporate counsel to these and other retail and restaurant clients and assists with transactions that range from routine to complex.  Ashley has extensive experience preparing franchise disclosure documents (“FDDs”), which benefits not only the franchisors who seek her strategic advice, but also the franchisees who hire her to evaluate FDDs and negotiate franchise agreements and leases.  Ashley speaks to franchisors and teaches other attorneys about franchising and related topics.   She is a candidate for the Certified Franchise Executive (“CFE”) designation. 


  • J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A. in Philosophy, 2012)

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina

Professional Activities

Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina Bar Association Continuing Legal Education – Basics of Franchise Law – “Joint Employer Liability and Vicarious Liability in Franchise Law” – 2017

  • Franchise Business Network – “What the New NASAA Regulations Mean for your Item 19" – 2017

  • Franchise Business Network – “Will Your Deals be Funded?” –2017

International Franchise Association – 2016 to Present

            Certified Franchise Executive Candidate

American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising – 2016 to Present

North Carolina Bar Association – 2015 to Present

J. Reuben Law Clark Society – 2012 to Present

Community and Civic Activities

Alexander Family YMCA – Community Hope Mentor – 2017 to Present

Alexander Family YMCA – We Build People Campaign – 2017 to Present

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – Youth Leader – 2015 to Present

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – Member – 2000 to Present

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