Ashley P. Peterson Associate

Ashley is an experienced and 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, complex commercial, and class action litigation. As a member of the firm’s Appeals & Issues team, Ashley also regularly handles appeals and high-stakes motions in state and federal courts across the country.

Ashley was selected as “One to Watch” for Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers in 2020, 2021, and 2022.  She is a member of the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law and currently serves as an editor of the Section’s Antitrust Magazine Online (AMO).   

Ashley maintains a robust pro bono practice and serves on the firm’s Richmond office pro bono committee. She is also actively involved in the local community and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

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. 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.


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

Represents Big Four accounting firm before the SEC and in civil litigation.

Successfully defended building materials company in connection with criminal antitrust cartel investigation by U.S. Department of Justice.

Represented transportation company as plaintiff in Sherman Act monopolization suit challenging denial of access to key facilities.

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.

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

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).

As counsel appointed by the Fourth Circuit, secured favorable settlement for entire amount in controversy in entitlement dispute. 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

Editor, Antitrust Magazine Online, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

Virginia Bar Association

Board of Trustees, Children's Museum of Richmond, 2022-2025

  • Hon. Edward Carnes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2015-2016
  • Hon. Glen Conrad, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2014-2015
  • 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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