Ashley L. Taylor, Jr.


Executive Committee Member

Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 804.697.1286; 202.274.2944
Business Fax: 804.698.6018


Ashley Taylor is a partner in the Consumer Financial Services practice with a primary focus on enforcement and investigation matters related to state Attorneys General. He serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Partner Compensation Committee.

Ashley's practice focuses on multi-state regulatory work, consumer protection, civil litigation and administrative law matters. Drawing upon his experience as a Deputy Attorney General he has developed an extensive consumer practice with regard to advertising, marketing, and privacy related issues. He also represents clients' interests in single or multi-state enforcement activities by state attorneys general. In 2008, Ashley founded and currently co-chairs the American Bar Association committee on state attorneys general matters.

Ashley previously served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Bush from 2004-2010. Ashley's current experience involves the representation of a large publicly traded company in a 32 state attorneys general investigation.

Ashley serves as the Editor-In-Chief for the Financial Services Law Monitor blog, which provides ongoing analysis and commentary on developments in the consumer financial services industry. Visit our blog at

Representative Matters

Multi-State State Attorneys General Investigations

  • Representation of data broker regarding 44-state investigation into data breach.
  • Representation of a leading pharmacy benefit manager in a 33-state investigation involving “undisclosed” rebates.
  • Representation of national trade association in connection with NAAG "model" legislation.
  • Representation of national pharmaceutical company in multi-state investigation involving off-label marketing.


  • Counsel to Saving Sweet Briar, Inc./Sweet Briar Institute in school closure dispute (Commonwealth of Virginia, ex rel Ellen Bowyer v. Sweet Briar Institute, et al., Case No. CL15 15009373, Amherst County Circuit Court, 2015).
  • Counsel to manufacturer challenging Tax and Trade Bureau regulation.
  • Counsel to distributor in RICO action (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Market Basket Food Stores, Inc., Civil Action No. 05-253).
  • Counsel to national ministry in defense of action alleging various Constitutional challenges ( Americans United for Separation of Church and State, et al., Appellees v. Prison Fellowship Ministries, Inc., et al., 509 F.3d 406 (8th Cir. 2007); 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 27928).
  • Counsel to real estate developer in land acquisition dispute (Ventures Development, LLC and Lakeside Commons, LLC v. B.D. Ashe, Case No. 025CL06000137-00).

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Firm Management Responsibilities

  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Partner Compensation Committee

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Founding Chair, State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee, Section of State and Local Government Law, American Bar Association, 2013-present
  • Former Board Member, St. Christopher’s School, 2009-2015
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Judgeships, Eastern District
  • Member, Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century, appointed by Chief Justice Hassell
  • Former Member, Executive Counsel, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Former Director, Virginia Military Institute Athletic Association (The Keydet Club)

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Governmental Law by Chambers USA (2015-2016).
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation (2011-2014).
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense (2006-2012) and Consumer Law (2013-2016); Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for Civil Litigation Defense (2009-2011).
  • Named to Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite in Legislative and Regulatory Law (2004, 2010), Civil Litigation (2005, 2007, 2009), and Young Lawyer (2006, 2008).
  • Recognized as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal (2008)
  • Named as Style Weekly's Top 40 under 40 (2007).
  • Named by the American Bar Association State and Local Government Section as the "Up and Comer" of the Year (1999).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP (2003–present)
  • Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Appointed by President George W. Bush (December 2004–2010)
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP (2001–2002)
  • Deputy Virginia Attorney General (1998–2001)
  • Associate, Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk, VA (1995–1998)
  • Law Clerk, United States District Court (1993–1995)



  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1993
  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A., 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia