Ashley Rafael has been General Counsel to Midway Moving & Storage, Inc. since 1995, where she practices commercial litigation as well as negotiates contracts with corporate clients and government agencies such as City of Chicago, Chicago Housing Authority, Board of Elections and Chicago Public Schools. Prior to joining Midway, she was an associate at two plaintiff personal injury law firms. To date, she has tried 25 jury trials to verdict as well as numerous bench trials. She is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, serving on its Commercial,UM/UI and Consumer Panels. She is an adjunct Professor of Law at University of Illinois at Chicago Law School teaching Arbitration Advocacy and coaches students for arbitration/trial teams for national competition.She is a chair arbitrator for Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program and the Commercial Calendar Mandatory Arbitration Program for the Law Division. She supports many Chicago community organizations, performs pro bono work, and developed a program that provides employment opportunities for veterans and nonviolent ex-offenders. She is on the CBA Board of Managers and chairperson for the ADR committee. She has published articles for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Women’s Bar Association.