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  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude; William L. Crowe, Scholar; Editor-in-Chief, Loyola Law Review; Certificates in International Trade Law and Environmental Law and Land use; Law Excellence Awards in Contracts I, Property II, International Trade, and European Union Law; 2009 Loyola Law Review Best Comment Award.
  • The University of Alabama, B.A. in Political Science, Minor in Spanish, 2005, with honors; Vice President, Alabama Forensics Council (Speech and Debate)
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  • Louisiana, 2010
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 2010
  • E.D. La., 2010
  • M.D. La., 2010
  • W.D. La., 2010
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Laura Ashley
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8118 tel
504.589.8118 fax

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Laura Ashley is a partner practicing in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She joined the firm after graduating from Loyola Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Law Review and after she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She represents and counsels a diverse group of national and international companies particularly in the areas of commercial bankruptcy litigation, out-of-court workouts, foreclosure litigation, and complex litigation. 

BANKRUPTCY & WORKOUT EXPERIENCE

Bankruptcy Litigation

Her bankruptcy litigation experience includes Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 15 filings and other cross-border insolvency matters,  prosecution and defense of preferences, fraudulent conveyances, dischargeability issues, lessor/lessee rights, asset sales and the automatic stay. Ms. Ashley represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, banks, hedge funds, committees, trustees, fiduciaries and other parties in insolvency and adversary proceedings in a broad range of industries including financial services, maritime, oil and gas, construction, and real estate development.

Out-of-Court Workouts

Ms. Ashley has experience in out-of-court restructuring, workouts, loan restructuring and liquidations, and various other matters involving financial distress, on behalf of creditors and borrowers involving all types of financing, properties and businesses. Her experience includes negotiating and drafting loan origination and workout documentation and representation in related enforcement litigation. 

Ms. Ashley is an active member of the Louisiana Bankruptcy Bar and is the chair of the Louisiana Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

FORECLOSURE LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

Ms. Ashley also devotes her practice to representing banks, hedge funds and other lenders in successfully foreclosing on multi-million dollar properties via Louisiana’s complex Executory Process scheme in state and federal courts. Ms. Ashley has also represented third-party bidders on successfully bidding on properties during a foreclosure sale.

COMPLEX LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

Another aspect of Ms. Ashley’s practice is defending against so-called "blast text," "blast fax," and robocall class actions involving claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restricting unsolicited faxes and the use of autodialer, prerecorded, or artificial voice to place texts or calls. 

Noteworthy

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the area of Bankruptcy: Business in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2016)

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for a major Louisiana company
  • Represented debtors in possession in apartment complex cases
  • Represented a national bank in conducting Louisiana Executory Process foreclosure in Federal Court, successfully foreclosing on two multi-million dollar properties in different districts
  • Represented purchasers of assets through 363 sales and plans of reorganization
  • Represented creditor in successfully bidding on landmark restaurant in a foreclosure sale
  • Represented Louisiana banks in over 30 foreclosures 
  • Represented a national gaming company in a class action lawsuit in federal court brought under the TCPA

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Presentations

  • “Recent Developments In Louisiana Civil Procedure and Evidence”, January 19, 2017, Annual Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting
  • "Best Advice on Managing Client Relations", January 28, 2016, Annual Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting
  • "Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law", December 17, 2015, Louisiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section
  • "Navigating the Labyrinth: Creditors' Rights Before, During, and After Bankruptcy", February 27, 2014, Annual Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting
  • "Representing Creditors Before, During and After Bankruptcy: What Everyone Should Know", June 5, 2013, Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting and LSBA/LJC Summer School
  • "Recent Developments in Ethics Law", February 12, 2013, 30th Annual Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting
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Publications

  • "Rebuilding New Orleans: How The Big Easy Can Be The Next Big Example"
    54 Loyola Law Review 235, Summer 2009

Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Junior League of New Orleans
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Continuing Leadership Education Committee, 2012-2013; LSBA Leadership Class, 2011–2012)
  • Loyola Law Review Alumni Committee (Chair, 2012-2013)
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • St. Thomas More Inn of Court
  • United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Women's Leadership Council

Languages

  • Farsi, Spanish