Portrait of

Government Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Division—Trial Attorney (2002-2004)
  • U.S. Office of the Independent Counsel—Counsel investigating Department of Interior Secretary (1998-1999)
  • U.S. Attorney's Office—District of Columbia: Law Clerk (1997)
  • U.S. Congress—Staff, Senator David Pryor (1995)


  • Georgetown University, magna cum laude and with honors
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1999) cum laude


  • District of Columbia
Ashley N. Bailey, Senior Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2732
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ashley Bailey is a senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring and a member of the firm's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. She is a trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience litigating criminal and civil matters. She was recognized by Super Lawyers as a "D.C. Super Lawyer" for white collar criminal defense in 2015 and 2014 and a "D.C. Rising Star" in 2013. Early in her career, she received the prestigious "Rookie of the Year" Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, and is a recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award.

Ashley represents business entities and individuals in all manner of criminal and civil proceedings and government and internal investigations and has represented companies and individuals in matters concerning the FCPA, domestic bribery and gratuity provisions, federal conflicts of interest, procurement fraud, honest services fraud, RICO, federal election and campaign finance law, laws governing lobbyists and foreign agents, the Anti-Kickback Act, numerous environmental laws, including the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Lacey Acts. She represents defendants through all phases of criminal litigation, including pre-indictment, trial, sentencing, appeal, and post-conviction relief, and she counts the rarely granted Presidential Pardon among the successes for her clients. 

Ashley's practice includes extensive regulatory compliance counseling in many of the areas identified above. She serves as Crowell & Moring's General Counsel for lobbying, election, and gift law and leads her firm's election, lobbying, and government ethics compliance practice, including day-to-day counseling of Fortune 500 companies, government contractors, trade associations, major universities, and other U.S. and foreign law firms. In 2011 she drafted the business code of conduct for one of the world's leading international hotel chains, a document that has been translated into 22 languages and was credited with securing the corporation's reputation as a model for global compliance.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Ashley was a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice where she handled a number of federal appeals and numerous trials involving claims against the United States of upwards of $1 billion. Ashley's government service also includes clerkships with the Independent Counsel's Office investigating the Department of Interior Secretary and with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Ashley co-chairs the Environmental Crimes Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's White Collar Crime Committee, is a member of The Barristers and the ABA Women Rainmakers. She served for six years on the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar, including two years as committee co-chair. 

Ashley received her law degree cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and was a member of the National Moot Court team; winner of the Weschler First Amendment Moot Court Competition; recipient of the graduate awards for both commercial law and appellate litigation; and an editor to The Tax Lawyer. Ashley graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Georgetown University, where she received the University's nomination for the Rhodes Scholarship, co-chaired the George F. Baker Scholars, and was Phi Beta Kappa. 

Representative Matters

  • Environment & Natural Resources: Representation of D.C.'s largest seafood wholesaler in criminal jury trial in the District of Maryland concerning offenses under the Lacey Act. Representation of environmental remediation company and its owner in contested sentencing hearing concerning allegations of violations under the Clean Air Act, with primary responsibility for environmental expert witness. Representation of DOJ employee investigated for Clean Air Act violations by DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division. Leading role in internal investigation for Fortune 500 company concerning EPA reporting requirements; assisted same company with strategy and management of more than 100 related civil lawsuits and final court approval and implementation of class action settlement. 
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Representation of subject and target of parallel DOJ and SEC investigations of FCPA allegations involving KBR/Halliburton's Nigeria liquifide natural gas operations and Alcoa's Bahraini alumina supply contracts (including related civil RICO suit in Western District of Pennsylvania and numerous shareholder derivative suits). Oversight of SEC subpoena compliance and related cooperation (including massive multi-year, multi-country document production) in parallel DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation of European telecom giant and its worldwide subsidiaries. 
  • Public Corruption and Election and Lobbying Law: Representation of companies and individuals implicated in public corruption scandals, including government contractor in FBI investigation concerning undue influence in award of congressional earmarks, Member of Congress in DOJ investigation concerning allegations of quid pro quo in acceptance of campaign contributions, and lobbyist investigated by Congress and DOJ in the Jack Abramoff public corruption scandal. Lead on internal investigation for major U.S. telecom company concerning improper influence in award of a government contract. Representation of clients, including major university and international trade association, in Matters Under Review and matters referred for ADR by the Federal Election Commission; representation of charitable organization under investigation by Los Angeles City Ethics Commission for failure to report lobbying activities.
  • Procurement Fraud/False Claims Act: Representation in plea negotiations and in contested sentencing hearing in Eastern District of New York of company and executive targeted by DOJ Antitrust Division for government contracting fraud and suspicions of antitrust violations. Representation of military procurement firm and its chief executive targeted in grand jury investigation led by DOJ Antitrust Division and named as a defendant in parallel commercial litigation in the Western District of Washington. Representation of major telecom corporation in investigation under D.C. False Claims Act, and participation on federal False Claims Act defense teams.  Representation of clients in investigations and prosecutions concerning fraud against the Small Business Administration. 
  • Other: Lead on internal investigation of witness tampering allegations in connection with grand jury investigation. Defense of subject in investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office concerning allegations of an excise-tax-avoidance conspiracy among wholesalers. Representation of Special Committee of Board of Directors of nation's second largest U.S. fitness membership corporation in litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware concerning claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent misrepresentation, with primary responsibility for expert witnesses.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive), the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits, U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Ashley most recently completed a five-week jury trial in a white collar matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. 

Speeches & Presentations

  • "The Amazing Race: Legal Guidance on Joining the Social Media Craze and Your Political Programs," Women in Government Relations Annual PACs, Politics, and Grass Roots Conference, Washington, D.C. (December 2009). Presenter: Ashley N. Bailey.
  • "Emerging Technologies & Political Initiatives: Compliance Risks for Corporations & Associations," Women in Government Relations Seminar on "Using Emerging Media to Power Your Grassroots, PAC, and Public Affairs Efforts," Washington, DC (April 2009). Presenter: Ashley N. Bailey.
  • "Lobbying Law & Executive & Legislative Branch Gift Rules," Non-Profit Executives Forum, Washington, DC (March 2009). Presenter: Ashley N. Bailey.


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