Executive Committee Member
Ashley is a partner in the Consumer Financial Services group 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 http://www.consumerfinancialserviceslawmonitor.com/.
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 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
Moderator, “Deputy State Attorneys General Update,” 9th Annual Credit and Collection News Conference, Naples, FL, April 2, 2014.
Quoted, “US states likely to coordinate reviews of Time Warner Cable/Comcast with DoJ, attorneys say,” Policy and Regulatory Report, March 24, 2014.
Moderator, “Privacy in the Digital Age: Is There Even a Barn Door Left to Close?” ABA Midyear Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 6, 2014.
Presenter, “CFPB, FTC, State Regulators and Compliance,” Credit and Collection News Seminar, New York City, NY, September 17-18, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, November 12-13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, February 18-19, 2014.
Conference Co-chair and Moderator, “Unique Regulatory and Enforcement Insights by State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies on Emerging Privacy Initiatives, Settlement and Enforcement Trends, Security Breach Notification Requirements, and More,” ACI Privacy & Security of Consumer and Employee Information, Washington, DC, January 16-17.
Speaker, “Chat with the AG's on State Issues,” Credit and Collection News 8th Annual Credit Grantor Consortium, Washington, DC, August 13, 2013.
Panelist, “CFPB & State Attorneys General Compliance,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 10, 2013. “Post CAFA: Objections by State Attorneys General to Class Action Settlements,” American Bar Association State and Local Government Law News, Vol. 36, No. 4, Summer 2013.
Presenter, “Promotions in Rhode Island & New York,” The Global Regulatory Year in Review, Tobacco Merchants Association’s 98th Annual Meeting & Conference, Williamsburg, VA, Thursday, May 16, 2013.
“Walking a Tightrope: State Attorney General Enforcement Authority and Private Counsel Contingency Fee Arrangements,” American Bar Association State and Local Government Law News, Vol. 36, No. 3, Spring 2013.
“Working with your State Attorney General,” 8th Annual Credit and Collection News Conference, Half Moon Bay, California, April 3, 2013.
“State Attorneys General: Chief Deputy Attorneys General Panel,” 8 th Annual Credit and Collection News Conference, Half Moon Bay, California, April 2, 2013.
“State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies: Emerging State Privacy Initiatives, Settlement and Enforcement Trends and Security Breach Notification Requirements,” American Conference Institute’s 13th Annual Legal and Compliance Forum on Privacy and Security of Consumer and Employee Information, Washington, DC, February 5, 2013.
“Top 8 Rules for Dealing with State Insurance Regulators,” presented to in-house legal department of Fortune 500 company, Richmond, Virginia, January 29, 2013.
“New Voter Registration Laws: Fighting Voter Fraud or Suppressing the Vote?” ABA Section of State and Local Government, Criminal Justice Section, and the Center for Professional Development, Webinar and Teleconference, November 5, 2012.
“Working with your Attorneys General,” Credit and Collection News 7th Annual Credit Grantor Consortium, Washington, DC, August 8, 2012.
“New Voter Registration Laws: Fighting Voter Fraud or Suppressing the Vote?” ABA State & Local Government Law Section, Annual Meeting, Showcase Panel Presentation, Chicago, IL, August 5, 2012.
“Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies Speak Out on Emerging State Privacy Initiatives, Settlement and Enforcement Trends and Security Breach Notice Requirements,” American Conference Institute’s 12th National Legal and Compliance Forum on Privacy and Security of Consumer and Employee Information, San Francisco, CA, July 30, 2012.
“The Removability of Consumer Protection Lawsuits Filed by State Attorneys General,” American Bar Association State & Local Law News, Vol. 35, No. 3, Spring 2012.
“The Ten Most Significant Attorney General Investigations/Settlements Involving Technology,” The University of Dayton School of Law’s Twentieth Annual Seminar on Significant Developments in Computer and Cyberspace Law, Dayton, OH, June 11, 2010.
"Emerging State Enforcement Activities and Investigations and the Growing Authority of the State Attorneys General," American Conference Institute's National Advanced Forum on Litigation and Enforcement Preparedness for Data Privacy & Information Security, Dallas, TX, June 2010.
"Federalism - The Ever Evolving Relationship Between the Federal and State Governments," American Bar Association State and Local Government Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2010.
"Working With AGs to Maneuver Your Way Through the Investigation Process," American Conference Institute's 9th Annual Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, January 2010.
"State Attorneys General: Responding to Multi-State Regulatory Compliance Investigations," American Bar Association Panel Seminar, July 2009.
"Troutman Sanders' Ashley Taylor on the Rise of the State Attorneys General,", Corporate Crime Reporter, July 2009.
"From Cradle to Grave: Regulatory Investigations Which Beget Complex Business Litigation," Washington Metropolitan (WMACCA) Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2009.
"Multi-State Investigations and Suits: How to Address the Expanding Authority and Ambition of State Attorneys General," Washington Legal Foundation’s Web Seminar Series, March 2009.
"State Attorneys Investigation," American Legislative Exchange Council, November 2008.
"State Attorneys General: The Robust Use of Previously Ignored States Powers," Co-Author, The Urban Lawyer, The National Journal on State and Local Government Law, Summer 2008.
"ChoicePoint Official: Experienced Counsel Key for Multi-State AG Probes," The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., July 2007.
"Cases Involving Government Agencies Present Unique Discovery Issues," Co-Author, Atlantic Coast In-House Counsel, July 2005.
"Effectively Responding When the State Attorneys General Are Arrayed Against Your Company," Atlantic Coast In-House, March 2004.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Speaker, “Understanding the CFPB and State Attorneys General Regulatory Issues Relating to Debt Collection,” Credit and Collection News Webinar, March 7, 2013.
“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and State Attorneys General Compliance,” Credit and Collection News Webinar, November 13, 2012.
“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): The New World Order – Enforcement by State Attorneys General and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” American Conference Institute, September 20, 2011.
“State Attorneys General: Responding Successfully to Regulatory Compliance Matters and Investigations,” Credit and Collection News Conference – Collection Agency Consortium, August 18, 2011.
“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the State Attorneys General: A Force Multiplier in Consumer Protection Matters,” Bloomberg Law Reports, May 25, 2011.
Firm Management Responsibilities
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Partner Compensation Committee