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Ashley Nyquist guides individual and corporate clients through high-stakes and sensitive government investigations, enforcement matters, and internal investigations. She has considerable experience navigating complex, multi-dimensional matters involving issues presenting significant parallel criminal, civil, and reputational risks. Ms. Nyquist also specializes in handling highly sensitive internal and independent investigations, including matters related to workplace culture and sexual or other executive misconduct in corporate and educational settings.

  • Represented multinational company in connection with investigations and inquiries being conducted by multiple federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Conducted internal investigations of executive misconduct and related issues for corporate and non-profit clients.
  • Led internal investigation into regulatory compliance issues for utility company.
  • Conducted independent investigations of sexual misconduct for Choate Rosemary Hall and The Brearley School.
  • Represented major financial institution in government investigation of alleged bribery relating to hiring practices.
  • Represented major financial institution in connection with internal and government investigations related to alleged fraud by former employee.
  • Represented publicly traded corporation in DOJ Antitrust Division grand jury investigation.
  • Represented former executive of Fortune 100 company under investigation by DOJ and SEC for alleged U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • Represented individual under indictment by DOJ.

Pro Bono

  • Represented criminal defendants in Maryland state court proceedings.
  • Represented the University of California and its President, Janet Napolitano, in litigation challenging the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program.
  • Represented plaintiff in § 1983 action against police and prosecutors in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana arising out of wrongful conviction and alleged Brady violations.
  • Filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court in cases including:
    • United States v. Castleman (No. 12-1371): Filed a brief on behalf of groups that oppose gun violence, arguing that federal law prohibits domestic abusers from possessing firearms.

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Intern (2010)
  • Yale-China Teaching Fellow, Xiuning Middle School, Anhui Province, China (2007-2009)