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 federal criminal and regulatory proceedings with a focus on the financial and health care industries;
  • Defending clients in SEC enforcement actions;
  • Defending clients in complex civil litigation with a focus on securities and financial claims;
  • Representing clients in cross-border, multi-agency criminal and civil investigations; and
  • Counseling corporations, corporate officers, and audit committees regarding internal investigations, compliance matters and corporate governance matters.

Ashley has particular experience in areas such as financial fraud, insider trading, investment adviser act violations, securities sales practices, health care fraud, False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Ashley has also handled significant pro bono matters, including successfully obtaining a pardon based on innocence for a defendant on death row. 

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



Defended former chief compliance officer of publicly traded company in a criminal securities fraud investigation.

Defended individual charged in multiple indictments in the Southern District of California alleging health care fraud. 

Represented at trial and on appeal prominent collateral manager and its principal at SEC enforcement proceedings and related federal court proceedings.

Defended an individual in civil securities litigation filed in the Southern District of New York.

Represented The Trustee for a Trust in a class action challenging the SEC’s policy of seeking disgorgement.

Advised former senior executive in the Audi diesel-gate criminal investigation.

Counseled international distillery company in a multinational corruption probe.

Represented amicus curiae in appeals to the D.C. Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, and US Supreme Court relating to constitutional defects in SEC administrative proceedings.

Counseled former chief executive officer of a non-US multinational company in an FCPA investigation.

Defended several individuals, including senior executives, in insider trading investigations and filed cases.

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

Obtained a voluntary dismissal by the SEC of a federal action against a former executive of a collateral manager.

Represented several major pharmaceutical manufacturers and employees in criminal investigations and related False Claims Act cases regarding sales practices and Medicaid and Medicare claims.

Represented at trial individual indicted for bank larceny in the District of Maryland.

Served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for D.C. during a pro bono rotation at the Office of Attorney General, including representing the District of Columbia in ten bench trials.


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
Various United States District Courts
Various United States Circuit Courts of Appeal
Co-author, “Why Advisors Can Expect Uptick in Exams and Enforcement Actions," Financial Advisor Magazine (July 2020)
Co-author, “PPP Borrowers: 5 Ways to Mitigate the Risk of an Unfavorable SBA Audit or Enforcement Action," Financial Executives International (July 2020)
Co-author, “The Securities and Exchange Commission," The Guide to Monitorships, Global Investigations Review (2020)
Co-author, "Negotiating Settlements with the SEC,” PLI SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book (2018)
“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)
Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2015-2017)
Firm Activities
Member, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council