Ashley P. Peterson Associate

Ashley is a litigator who helps companies and executives navigate all aspects of complex commercial litigation and government investigations. She has particular experience representing clients in antitrust, business tort, and consumer protection matters. 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 is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, where she teaches an upper-level course on judicial writing.  Ashley also maintains an active pro bono practice and serves on the firm's pro bono committee.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Ashley clerked for Chief Judge Edward E. Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for then-Chief 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 attending law school, Ashley spent six years teaching high school English in Hanover County, Virginia.


Defended mortgage loan servicer on appeal in which the First Circuit affirmed judgment in our client's favor, r confirming the admissibility of integrated business records at trial,  US  Bank Trust  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 $600 million 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 in which our client received entire amount in controversy after briefing and argument 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

American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

Virginia Bar Association

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st 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

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

  • Co-author, "Complex Commercial Litigation," Lexology: Getting the Deal Through, 2020
  • Co-author, "United States," Getting the Deal Through: Complex Commercial Litigation, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Author, Lighting a Fire Under Free Speech: The FDA’s Graphic Attempts to Reduce Smoking Rates, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 799, 2014
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