Nix Patterson, LLP

Ashton Poarch

Associate / Oklahoma City


University of Oklahoma, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2020

Oklahoma State University, B.S., English Language Arts and Secondary Education, 2017

Awards and Academic Honors

Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 – 2021

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal – Managing Editor

Jessup International Moot Court Competitor

Dean’s Leadership Fellow

Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law – Secretary

Best Brief – Jessup International Moot Court

Best Speaker – Calvert Moot Court

University of Oklahoma College of Law 1L Moot Court Champion

Pro Bono Service Award – 2019

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma


Ashton Poarch joined the firm in 2022. She represents clients in an array of complex civil matters, including mass tort claims against the manufacturers and distributors of defective medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer products. Ashton also represents homeowners and other insureds against insurance companies who engage in “bad faith” claims handling practices. Further, she represents whistleblowers who report fraud against federal or state government(s) in the areas of healthcare, housing, banking, and defense funding.

Prior to joining the firm, Ashton represented the State of Oklahoma as an Assistant Attorney General. There, Ashton successfully litigated enforcement actions against licensees of state agencies and defended subsequent appeals in district court. She also advised agencies on statutory changes, regulatory rulemaking, and general compliance. Her professional experiences have molded Ashton into a dynamic, dedicated attorney.

Ashton graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She was the Managing Editor of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal and was a leading member of various moot court teams. Through her written and oral advocacy in competitions, Ashton won a championship, as well as best brief and best speaker awards. Ashton was also a member of the Dean’s Leadership Fellows and maintained a leadership position in the Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law and the Student Body Association throughout her time at the University of Oklahoma. Ashton’s academic achievements earned her an invitation to the ABA’s national TECHSHOW, where she met with industry leaders and innovators. The following year, she was invited to speak at the National ABA Women in Legal Technology Summit.