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Ashley Parrish is one of the partners that leads the firm’s Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law practice. He focuses his practice on appellate, administrative, and constitutional law, and on strategic, complex litigation. He  has significant experience handling administrative law cases in litigation against federal and state government agencies.

Ashley regularly advises clients in strategic litigation matters, as well as in federal administrative law and practice. He is experienced in numerous areas, including energy, life sciences, healthcare, labor, products liability, international trade, environmental, and bankruptcy. Ashley has handled appeals and complex litigation matters in courts across the country, including significant matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, almost all of the federal courts of appeal, and a variety of state appellate courts.

A frequent author and speaker, Ashley has been recognized for his skill as an appellate lawyer. He has been ranked by Chambers USA, recommended by Legal 500, and listed as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer. In 2012, he was one of only five appellate lawyers nationwide to be recognized as a Law360 Rising Star. And in 2014, he was identified by Reuters as one of “the top handful of lawyers in America” who have had remarkable success before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Credentials

J.D., University of Chicago, honors

B.A. Political Science, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, magna cum laude

B.A., Economics, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, magna cum laude

District of Columbia

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia

Law Clerk, Hon. Emilio M. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Nationwide Appellate Law


Chambers & Partners

Supreme Court & Appellate


Legal 500

Washington D.C. Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers

One of “the top handful of lawyers in America” who have had remarkable success before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Reuters, 2014

A Rising Star (one of five appellate lawyers nationwide)


Law360, 2012

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Recognition

Nationwide Appellate Law


Chambers & Partners

Supreme Court & Appellate


Legal 500

Washington D.C. Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers

One of “the top handful of lawyers in America” who have had remarkable success before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Reuters, 2014

A Rising Star (one of five appellate lawyers nationwide)


Law360, 2012

Matters

U.S. Supreme Court Matters

Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC (2016). Represented the Electric Power Supply Association in major litigation challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulation of “demand response.”

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. United States (2014). Successfully opposed petition for certiorari filed in major trade remedy case involving First Amendment challenge to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act.

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Matters

U.S. Supreme Court Matters

Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC (2016). Represented the Electric Power Supply Association in major litigation challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulation of “demand response.”

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. United States (2014). Successfully opposed petition for certiorari filed in major trade remedy case involving First Amendment challenge to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act.

Bond. v. United States (2014). Secured victory in case addressing the federal government’s authority to prosecute a local offense under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA (2014). Filed amicus curiae brief by a group of law professors, cited favorably by the Supreme Court for its "felicitous" explanation of arguments.

PPL Corporation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (2013). Obtain unanimous decision finding that a UK windfall tax was creditable for U.S. tax purposes.

PPL Montana v. Montana (2012). Obtained unanimous decision reversing the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that riverbed lands under the Upper Missouri, Clark Fork and Madison rivers are state-owned because they were purportedly navigable in 1889 when Montana joined the Union.

Public Citizen, Inc. et al. v. United States (2012). Represented industry association in successfully opposing petition for certiorari filed by public interest groups and states challenging favorable decision upholding the federal market-based rate regime.

Bond v. United States (2011). Secured successful reversal in case confirming private-party standing to challenge federal prosecutions that exceed the treaty power under the Tenth Amendment.

Plata v. Coleman (2011). Represented a class of inmates suffering from mental illness and successfully defended order of three-judge panel requiring California to address its prison overcrowding crisis.

Horne v. Flores (2009). Represented Arizona legislative leaders in education reform litigation, obtaining certiorari and successful reversal of a Ninth Circuit decision addressing the standards for modifying an injunction and the interplay between the Equal Education Opportunity Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Massachusetts v. EPA (2007). Prepared merits brief on behalf of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers addressing the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Elk Grove School District v. Newdow (2004). Represented the mother of the minor child identified as the plaintiff in a successful defense of a challenge to the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Other Appellate Matters

Board of Comm’rs of the Southeast La. Flood Prot. Auth., et al. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. (5th Cir. 2017). Served as lead appellate lawyer representing Chevron Corporation on appeal, defending dismissal of litigation brought by a local levee board seeking to hold the oil and gas industry liable for coastal land loss.

Rozema v. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Servs. (2d Cir. 2017). Served as lead appellate lawyer representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in successful defense of decision dismissing action seeking to compel the release of confidential and trade secret information.

Benton County Wind Farm LLC v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc. (7th Cir. 2016). Represented wind farm in successful appeal reversing district court decision concerning contractual obligation of utility to purchase wind farm's output under long-term contract.

Delaware Dept. of Natural Res. & Envtl Control v. EPA (D.C. Cir. 2015). Served as counsel of record for the Electric Power Supply Association in a successful challenge to the EPA’s final rule exempting backup, diesel-fueled generators from emissions controls.

Frank v. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. v. MillerCoors LLC, et al. (3d Cir. 2015). Served as lead appellate counsel in successful appeal defending district court judgment in a contract dispute between MillerCoors and one of its largest distributors.

U.S. ex rel. Michael Keeler v. Eisai Inc. (11th Cir. 2014). Successfully represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in appeal defending dismissal of qui tam lawsuit.

Exelon Wind 1, LLC v. Nelson (5th Cir. 2014). Represented major energy company in successful appeal challenging order striking down the Texas Public Utilities Commission’s interpretation of statutory scheme governing the purchase of energy between public utilities and qualifying facilities.

West Deptford Energy, LLC v. FERC (D.C. Cir. 2014). Successfully represented petitioner in appeal challenging agency orders that failed to comply with file rate doctrine.

South Carolina Public Service Authority v. FERC (D.C. Cir. 2014). Represented LS Power in successful defense of agency decision regarding rights of first refusal in Order 1000 rulemaking.

Matters

U.S. Supreme Court Matters

Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC (2016). Represented the Electric Power Supply Association in major litigation challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulation of “demand response.”

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. United States (2014). Successfully opposed petition for certiorari filed in major trade remedy case involving First Amendment challenge to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act.

See more
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Matters

U.S. Supreme Court Matters

Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC (2016). Represented the Electric Power Supply Association in major litigation challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulation of “demand response.”

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. United States (2014). Successfully opposed petition for certiorari filed in major trade remedy case involving First Amendment challenge to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act.

Bond. v. United States (2014). Secured victory in case addressing the federal government’s authority to prosecute a local offense under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA (2014). Filed amicus curiae brief by a group of law professors, cited favorably by the Supreme Court for its "felicitous" explanation of arguments.

PPL Corporation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (2013). Obtain unanimous decision finding that a UK windfall tax was creditable for U.S. tax purposes.

PPL Montana v. Montana (2012). Obtained unanimous decision reversing the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that riverbed lands under the Upper Missouri, Clark Fork and Madison rivers are state-owned because they were purportedly navigable in 1889 when Montana joined the Union.

Public Citizen, Inc. et al. v. United States (2012). Represented industry association in successfully opposing petition for certiorari filed by public interest groups and states challenging favorable decision upholding the federal market-based rate regime.

Bond v. United States (2011). Secured successful reversal in case confirming private-party standing to challenge federal prosecutions that exceed the treaty power under the Tenth Amendment.

Plata v. Coleman (2011). Represented a class of inmates suffering from mental illness and successfully defended order of three-judge panel requiring California to address its prison overcrowding crisis.

Horne v. Flores (2009). Represented Arizona legislative leaders in education reform litigation, obtaining certiorari and successful reversal of a Ninth Circuit decision addressing the standards for modifying an injunction and the interplay between the Equal Education Opportunity Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Massachusetts v. EPA (2007). Prepared merits brief on behalf of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers addressing the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Elk Grove School District v. Newdow (2004). Represented the mother of the minor child identified as the plaintiff in a successful defense of a challenge to the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Other Appellate Matters

Board of Comm’rs of the Southeast La. Flood Prot. Auth., et al. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. (5th Cir. 2017). Served as lead appellate lawyer representing Chevron Corporation on appeal, defending dismissal of litigation brought by a local levee board seeking to hold the oil and gas industry liable for coastal land loss.

Rozema v. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Servs. (2d Cir. 2017). Served as lead appellate lawyer representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in successful defense of decision dismissing action seeking to compel the release of confidential and trade secret information.

Benton County Wind Farm LLC v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc. (7th Cir. 2016). Represented wind farm in successful appeal reversing district court decision concerning contractual obligation of utility to purchase wind farm's output under long-term contract.

Delaware Dept. of Natural Res. & Envtl Control v. EPA (D.C. Cir. 2015). Served as counsel of record for the Electric Power Supply Association in a successful challenge to the EPA’s final rule exempting backup, diesel-fueled generators from emissions controls.

Frank v. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. v. MillerCoors LLC, et al. (3d Cir. 2015). Served as lead appellate counsel in successful appeal defending district court judgment in a contract dispute between MillerCoors and one of its largest distributors.

U.S. ex rel. Michael Keeler v. Eisai Inc. (11th Cir. 2014). Successfully represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in appeal defending dismissal of qui tam lawsuit.

Exelon Wind 1, LLC v. Nelson (5th Cir. 2014). Represented major energy company in successful appeal challenging order striking down the Texas Public Utilities Commission’s interpretation of statutory scheme governing the purchase of energy between public utilities and qualifying facilities.

West Deptford Energy, LLC v. FERC (D.C. Cir. 2014). Successfully represented petitioner in appeal challenging agency orders that failed to comply with file rate doctrine.

South Carolina Public Service Authority v. FERC (D.C. Cir. 2014). Represented LS Power in successful defense of agency decision regarding rights of first refusal in Order 1000 rulemaking.

Credentials

J.D., University of Chicago, honors

B.A. Political Science, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, magna cum laude

B.A., Economics, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, magna cum laude

District of Columbia

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia

Law Clerk, Hon. Emilio M. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Nationwide Appellate Law


Chambers & Partners

Supreme Court & Appellate


Legal 500

Washington D.C. Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers

One of “the top handful of lawyers in America” who have had remarkable success before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Reuters, 2014

A Rising Star (one of five appellate lawyers nationwide)


Law360, 2012

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Close

Recognition

Nationwide Appellate Law


Chambers & Partners

Supreme Court & Appellate


Legal 500

Washington D.C. Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers

One of “the top handful of lawyers in America” who have had remarkable success before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Reuters, 2014

A Rising Star (one of five appellate lawyers nationwide)


Law360, 2012