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Ashley Simonsen
Ashley M. Simonsen
Associate
San Francisco +1 415 591 7057 asimonsen@cov.com Download V-card

Ashley Simonsen is a litigator whose practice focuses on defending complex class actions and consumer and antitrust litigation in state and federal court.

Ms. Simonsen has experience representing clients in the financial services, consumer brands, and sports industries. She has argued motions to dismiss and for summary judgment and an appeal before the Ninth Circuit. Before law school, Ms. Simonsen was an associate at Lehman Brothers in New York where she advised banks on balance sheet management and interest rate hedging strategies.

  • Representation of a loan servicing company in defense of lawsuits challenging interest rates and late fee charges, including under Section 17200 of the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Obtained dismissal of one case and defeated certification of interest rate classes in another.   
  • Representation of a Korean life sciences company in defense of a product liability action. Obtained dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Representation of San Francisco 49ers defending putative antitrust class action challenging ticketing policy. 
  • Representation of a dietary supplement company in defense of claims brought under Sections 17200 and 17500 of the UCL and Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) concerning marketing and advertising of glucosamine supplements.
  • Representation of sports and entertainment company seeking third-party liability insurance coverage for a high-profile six-month trial. Settled on favorable grounds.
  • Representation of clients in qui tam actions alleging violations of current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), off-label promotion of prescription drugs and medical devices, and non-compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Representation of a large medical services provider in multiple state actions involving breach of non-competition agreements.
  • Representation of a cargo airline in a federal action to pierce the corporate veil of an aircraft management company.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of a federal prisoner asserting claims for excessive force and deliberate indifference under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Argued appeal.
  • Representation of two California state prisoners sentenced under California’s Three Strikes law in state habeas and resentencing proceedings. Argued resentencing motions, conducted direct examination of expert, and secured vacatur of both sentences.
  • Representation of Family Violence Appellate Project as amicus curiae in domestic violence victim’s appeal from decision denying renewal of restraining order before California Court of Appeal.
  • Representation of a California state prisoner in petitioning for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court based on alleged violations of Due Process in state jury instructions.

Previous Experience

  • Lehman Brothers, Analyst and Associate, New York, NY (2004-2007)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Research Assistant, Boston, MA (2003)