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Ashley L. Altshuler

December 6, 1969 — September 28, 2022

Ashley L. Altshuler

Ashley Leonard Altshuler was born on December 6, 1969, in Hanover, New Hampshire and passed away in Oklahoma City on September 28, 2022. In 1974, his family moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Oklahoma City. Ashley was a lifer at Casady School in Oklahoma City and graduated in 1988. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Journalism. Ashley earned his Juris Doctor in 1998 from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and was selected to the Moot Court Honors Board. He was preceded in death by his father, Geoffrey P. Altshuler M.D. Ashley is survived by his mother Jerriann Altshuler, brothers Braddon Altshuler, of Alexandria, Virginia and Brooks, sister-in-law Katie, nephew William and niece Evelyn Altshuler of Oklahoma City.After law school, Ashley joined the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office, where he served as an Assistant District Attorney from 1997 to 2004 and 2007 to 2011. Ashley worked in private practice with the Coyle Law Firm from 2004 to 2007.In 2011, Ashley became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma, serving as a federal prosecutor in the Violent Crime, Drugs, and Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force section. In his capacity as a state and federal prosecutor, Ashley represented the State of Oklahoma and later the United States as lead counsel in hundreds of criminal prosecutions and tried dozens of cases to jury verdict.Ashley was always there to provide love and support not only to family and friends, but also to strangers in need. He carried out his belief in redemption and second chances through his fervent support of reentry programs. At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ashley served as the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) coordinator, a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. He also addressed more than 12,000 convicted felons reentering society while leading the office's Probation and Parole Reentry Program in Oklahoma City.Ashley received multiple awards during his career as a federal prosecutor. In 2012, Ashley was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his support to the Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2014, during a ceremony in Washington D.C., the U.S. Attorney General presented Ashley with the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee for his exceptional performance in support of the PSN initiative. That same year, Ashley also received the U.S. Attorney's Award for Excellence as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 2021, the Federal Bureau of Prisons recognized Ashley for his efforts in prosecuting disruptive federal inmates. Ashley served regularly as an instructor at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center and received outstanding performance ratings throughout his professional career.Ashley was an active member of the Oklahoma City community. He served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation and Lyric Theatre Understudies, and he served as the President of the Associate Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Ashley also served on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Board, the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Youth and Gang Violence Coordinating Council.Ashley enjoyed playing tennis, kayaking, and especially playing golf with his godson Brock Ratliff. During college, he worked as a tennis instructor during summers at John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch. Ashley also played soccer with his older brother Braddon in middle school, winning a state championship. Above all, he was mission-driven in his work and shared his passion with his nephew William, taking him on excursions to the courthouse. Ashley was the best son, brother, uncle, colleague, and friend one could have.A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to establish an award in honor of Ashley at Oklahoma City University School of Law at occf.org/onlinegiving.
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