Diamond View II, Suite 130, 280 South Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500, Raleigh, NC 27612

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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 one of the few attorneys in North Carolina to receive her Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and serves as the current chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section’s Franchise Committee.  She has been recognized by Superlawyers for her expertise in franchise and dealership law.




  • Brigham Young University – J.D. – Magna Cum Laude
  • Brigham Young University – Magna Cum Laude

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina – 2015

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
    • Manning Fulton’s Franchise Feed – “COVID Happened: Do I Have To Amend My FDD?”
  • 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

Prior Experience and Clerkships

  • Prior to joining Manning Fulton, Ashley served as a law clerk to The Honorable Cheri Beasley, Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Representative Transactions

  • Works with over 20 of our franchisor clients in preparing and maintaining their FDDs and Franchise Agreements
  • Represents franchisors in transferring and repurchasing franchise units
  • Provides strategic franchisor support to Manning Fulton’s litigation practice
  • Advises franchisees regarding their franchise purchase and choice of entity
  • Represents retail tenants in lease review and negotiation
  • Participated in deal team for buyer of a multi-unit franchisee

Community Engagement

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

“Ritchie, Ashley and the team at Manning Fulton have been instrumental in keeping AR Workshop focused on what we do best by servicing us with what they do best. They take all of the legal work off our hands and arm us with knowledge and tools to succeed in the franchising world. Growing from 0 to 130 franchised locations in under 3 years wouldn’t have been possible without their efficiency, education and experience in the ever changing franchising world. Highly recommend this amazing team.”

Maureen Anders
Founder & CEO | AR Workshop

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