Amelia Ashton is an associate in the Product Liability & Torts and Advertising & Product Risk Management groups in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Amelia's practice encompasses a variety of complex product liability cases, with a focus on medical device suits, food litigation, federal preemption, and damages. Amelia represents clients in several industries across an array of commercial and product litigation matters and in government investigations. She has defended qui tam, class action, and multi-district suits, and has represented clients at trial and on appeal in a range of federal and state courts, including before the International Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. Amelia has also handled matters in other legal areas, including intellectual property, antitrust, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, constitutional, and federal death penalty litigation.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Amelia worked as an associate at another major high-stakes litigation firm in Washington. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to Senior Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and, just after graduating law school, as a law clerk to Justice Don R. Willett of the Texas Supreme Court. Amelia graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law, where she was a member of the Duke Law Journal, overseeing all student note publication as the Journal's elected senior notes editor. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University, from which she graduated with Departmental Honors and University Distinction.
- Winning multiple dismissals of claims against a medical device manufacturer in suits alleging federal regulatory violations, including on motion to dismiss and on motion for summary judgment.
- Representing a major food company against a suit alleging misleading food labeling statements.
- Managing the firm's effort as national coordinating counsel for a transportation client's docket of diesel exhaust exposure cases.
- Appealing a multi-million dollar punitive damages verdict on behalf of a product manufacturer in a suit alleging failure to warn claims.
- Representing corporate client before the Department of Justice in government FCPA investigation.
- Successfully defending large corporation against qui tam claims alleging improper billing practices.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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