Ashley Simonsen is a litigator whose practice focuses on defending complex class actions and antitrust litigation in state and federal court. Ms. Simonsen has experience representing clients in the financial services, consumer brands, and sports industries. Before practicing law, Ms. Simonsen was an associate at Lehman Brothers in New York where she advised banks on balance sheet management and interest rate hedging strategies.
- Stanford Law School, J.D., 2010
- Amherst College, B.A., 2004
Judicial Clerkship :
- Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011 – 2012
- Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2010 – 2011
Bar Admissions : California
Representative Matters :
- Representation of loan servicing company in defense of putative “true lender” class actions challenging interest rates and late fee charges, including under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Won motions to dismiss two cases and defeated certification of interest rate classes in another.
- Representation of a Korean life sciences company and a Korean manufacturer of household products in defense of product liability action. Won two motions to quash for lack of personal jurisdiction.
- Representation of professional sports franchise defending two putative class actions challenging ticketing policies. Secured dismissal of both cases at the pleading stage.
- Representation of dietary supplement company in defense of putative class action challenging marketing and advertising of glucosamine supplements under UCL, FAL, and CLRA.
- Representation of individual in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action alleging securities fraud.
- Representation of sports and entertainment company seeking third-party liability insurance coverage for a high-profile six-month trial. Settled on favorable grounds.
Previous Experience :
- Lehman Brothers, Analyst and Associate, New York, NY (2004-2007)
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Research Assistant, Boston, MA (2003)
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