Mason P. Ashe is a veteran sports and entertainment attorney, talent manager, and educator. Before re-launching ASEC in March 2013, Mr. Ashe was most recently a Partner in one of the nation's largest labor and employment law firms, where he provided advice and counsel on employment law and regulatory compliance issues, and helped clients prevent employment litigation through management and staff training on judicial and legislative developments, and industry trends like use of social media in the workplace.
Mr. Ashe offers his clients a reservoir of practical experience acquired from a variety of business and legal platforms over the past twenty years. He was Of Counsel at a fullservice boutique law firm in Baltimore, MD (2009-2011); founder and President of ASEC (2004-2009); co-founder, COO, and General Counsel of Strickland & Ashe Management Consulting LLC (1997-2004); and a Vice President in the Team Sports Division at International Management Group (“IMG”) (1993-1997) – the world's largest sports agency, where he learned the true meaning of global sports management from industry pioneer and arguably the most successful sports agent in history -- the late Mark McCormack. While at IMG, he also absorbed invaluable lessons for success working side-by-side super agents Peter Johnson, Tom Condon and Bill Strickland.
Mr. Ashe's earliest years in the business after law school were most significantly influenced by the encouragement of his extraordinary wife; incredible mentors such as North Carolina trial attorneys Michael Grace and Jeffrey Howard; and believe it or not, haircare industry titan and self-made millionaire Joe Dudley, who persuaded Mr. Ashe to read and adopt the tenets of "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.
Mr. Ashe has structured and negotiated deals related to athlete and entertainer engagement, executive compensation, digital content licensing, and many other agreements associated with the scouting, marketing, management, employment, and commercialization of talent in the sports and entertainment industries. Professor Ashe teaches Sports Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Howard University School of Law (Spring 2012 and 2013) and Georgetown Law Center (Summer 2013), and did so for five years (2005-2009) at the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is also a frequent guest speaker and panelist at symposiums on sports law hosted by bar associations, colleges, and law schools.
Mr. Ashe received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Hamilton College, a Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, and is a member of the North Carolina Bar. Between college and law school, he received extensive brand management, marketing, and sales management training at The Procter & Gamble Distributing Company, New York Paper Products Division.