Ashley N. Southerland, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2515
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ashley N. Southerland is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she practices in the firm’s Health Care group and is a member of the Digital Health Practice. Ashley counsels health care clients in matters involving digital health and health information technology (health IT), health care regulatory compliance investigations, and litigation risk management.

In her digital health practice, Ashley provides strategic, policy, and regulatory advice to a range of organizations, including hospital systems, plans, health care consortiums, startups, and large tech companies. Her digital health practice spans several areas, including interoperability and information blocking compliance, digital health reimbursement, health IT vendor contracting, e-prescribing and prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) compliance, and blockchain/distributed ledger technology.  Ashley’s work on blockchain and health care has been published in Bloomberg BNA’s Health IT Law & Industry Report and spotlighted in FierceHealthcare.

Ashley's health care practice also focuses on defending managed care organizations and other health care entities in False Claims Act (FCA) investigations and litigation initiated by the government and qui tam relators.

Recent selected engagements include:

  • Providing strategic and regulatory advice to a Fortune 500 technology company on 21st Century Cures Act compliance, as well as information blocking policy & procedure development.
  • Representing multiple health care plans in Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)-related regulatory investigations instituted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in response to privacy and security incidents.
  • Counseling a blockchain and health care startup on health care regulatory and compliance matters.
  • Advising large health system clients on electronic health record and health IT vendor contracting.
  • Providing strategic advice to a medical device consortium on Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) development.
  • Representing a pro bono client in a HIPAA violation appeal.
  • Defending a hospital staffing company in an FCA investigation of alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute due to the financial arrangements between the staffing company and a hospital system.
  • Defending a practice management company in a DOJ-initiated FCA investigation into whether the company submitted claims to federal payors for unnecessary medical services performed by providers whose practices the company managed.
  • Representing a Fortune 50 health insurance company in multiple arbitration proceedings involving a Medicare Advantage dispute.
  • Defending a large health insurer against national and statewide class actions asserting mental health parity claims.

Ashley is also an active participant in the firm’s pro bono program. In 2015, she was selected as Crowell & Moring’s Loaned Associate to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and was seconded to Legal Aid for six months. From June 2015 to January 2016, Ashley represented indigent tenants in eviction actions, successfully negotiating favorable settlement agreements for her clients and participating in all stages of the pre-trial litigation process. In addition to working at Legal Aid, Ashley also represented a pro bono client in federal post-conviction proceedings in the state of Florida, and helped secure tax-exempt status for an organization dedicated to mentoring underprivileged high school men. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, Ashley received the firm’s 2014 George Bailey Award, and was a New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel honoree in 2014 and 2015.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Ashley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Wilson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Immediately prior, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jillyn K. Schulze, magistrate judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Ashley received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2011, where she served as an acquisitions editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.  During law school, Ashley interned with the Honorable Inez Smith Reid of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She was also a member of the Cornell Death Penalty Project and externed at the Center for Children's Law and Policy, where she assessed the conditions of confinement at New York City secure juvenile detention facilities. In addition, Ashley served as an “attorney for the child,” and represented clients in custody proceedings in Tompkins County Family Court. Ashley graduated from Duke University in 2008, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow. She received her A.B. in sociology, with distinction in the major.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


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American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Fourth Annual BLSA & LALSA Professional Development Bootcamp," Cornell Law School (April 2015). Law Firm Panelist: Ashley N. Southerland.
  • "Building Your Brand: BLSA & LALSA Professional Development Bootcamp," Cornell Law School (April 2013). Clerkship and Public Interest Panelists: Ashley N. Southerland and Ashley Akins.


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