Ashley P. Peterson Associate

Ashley is a resourceful litigator who helps clients navigate their most challenging business disputes. She represents companies and executives in civil and criminal antitrust matters, as well as in business tort and consumer protection litigation. As a member of the firm’s Appeals & Issues team, Ashley also handles appeals and high-stakes motions in state and federal courts across the country.

Ashley has experience in all stages of complex commercial litigation.  She has coordinated large-scale document collections and reviews; taken and defended depositions; managed expert witnesses; prepared witnesses for government interviews; briefed and argued motions; and negotiated favorable pre-trial settlements.  

In 2020 and 2021, Ashley was selected as “One to Watch” for Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers. Ashley also maintains an active pro bono practice and serves on the firm’s Richmond office pro bono committee. 

Before joining McGuireWoods, Ashley clerked for Judge Edward E. Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for Judge Glen E. Conrad of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Ashley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was a John Marshall Scholar. At graduation, Ashley was awarded the Charles T. Norman Award, which the Law School presents to the best all-around graduating student, as selected by the faculty and administration.

Before law school, Ashley spent six years teaching high school English in Hanover County, Virginia.


Represented clients in multiple industries in connection with investigations by Department of Justice Antitrust and Civil Fraud Divisions.

Defended mortgage loan servicer on appeal in which the First Circuit affirmed judgment in our client's favor, confirming the admissibility of integrated business records at trial,  Bank v. Jones, 925 F.3d 534 (1st Cir. 2019).

Defended government contractor against tortious interference, business conspiracy, and racketeering claims stemming from alleged bid-rigging scheme.

Defended national financial institution in fiduciary litigation stemming from dispute among trust beneficiaries.

Defended former executive in tort and fiduciary litigation and related appeals stemming from the bankruptcy of a diagnostic laboratory.

Defended multiple national financial institutions against alleged violations of consumer protection statutes in state and federal courts across the country.

Represented food distributor in complex breach of contract dispute based on the design, construction, and installation of a warehouse material-handling system.

As counsel appointed by the Fourth Circuit, secured favorable settlement for entire amount in controversy. G v. Railroad Retirement Board, 15-2500 (4th Cir 2017).

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles & Comments Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2014
  • University of Virginia, MT, 2006
  • University of Virginia, BA, English, with Distinction, 2005

Young Lawyer Representative, Antitrust Magazine, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, 2021-2022

Virginia Bar Association

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Named to "Pro Bono Service Honor Roll," Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023

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