White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


Ashley Baynham represents some of the world’s leading companies and their executives as well as other prominent individuals in high-stakes and sensitive matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other federal and state agencies.

Ashley focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement actions, and complex commercial litigation. Her services include:

  • Defending clients in SEC enforcement actions;
  • Defending clients in federal criminal and regulatory proceedings with a focus on the financial and health care industries;
  • Representing clients in cross-border, multi-agency criminal and civil investigations; and
  • Advising clients regarding internal investigations and corporate governance matters.

Ashley has also handled significant pro bono matters, including successfully obtaining a pardon based on innocence for a defendant on death row. Additionally, she acted as a special assistant attorney general at the Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she successfully tried ten bench trials to verdict.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Ashley was a partner at Nixon Peabody.



Representation of a prominent investment adviser and its principal at a three-week trial in a SEC enforcement proceeding alleging fraud in connection with the offering of certain collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).

Represented and counseled an executive in a SEC civil enforcement action in the Southern District of New York, where the SEC voluntarily dismissed the complaint during discovery.

Representation of a top executive of a major corporation in an insider trading investigation.

Representation of a former chief compliance officer of a major broker dealer in FINRA and SEC investigations.

Represented and advised an investment firm in a SEC enforcement action in the Southern District of New York, involving issues of first impression.

Representation of one of the world’s most prominent technology companies in matters relating to FCPA and compliance issues in Africa.

Represented a multi-national oil and gas company in a high stakes investigation jointly conducted by the Department of Justice, Congressional Committees, and an independent government entity formed for the investigation.

Represented major pharmaceutical manufacturers in False Claims Act investigations by the Department of Justice into their “Best Price” reporting under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.

Represented several major pharmaceutical manufacturers and employees in investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, and the Department of Justice into alleged off-label promotional activities and related False Claims Act cases.

Obtained a dismissal in the Southern District of New York for an investment company and its executive in a private securities litigation suit.


Northwestern University School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2004
University of Richmond – B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Professional Memberships
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council Member
Media Coverage
“Personal Notes on Lawyers,” New York Law Journal, February 18, 2014
“Enforcement Trends Related to Executive Liability in Health Care Investigations,” Bloomberg BNA Health Care Fraud Report, June 12, 2013