Ashley Vinson Crawford is a member of the firm’s litigation practice. Her practice principally consists of representing financial services companies, including insurance carriers, consumer lenders, and their service providers, in class action litigation, arbitration proceedings, enforcement actions, and other disputes.  Ashley also handles a wide array of commercial litigation matters, including consumer class actions and mass plaintiff litigation, securities class actions and related shareholder derivative actions, complex contract and fraud disputes, and bad faith and coverage litigation, and regularly advises clients on a variety of insurance issues.

Practice & Background

Prior to rejoining Akin Gump, Ms. Crawford most recently acted as in-house counsel for an insurance company where she managed bad faith and corporate litigation for various lines of business, as well as advised claims personnel regarding bad faith exposure and corporate litigation matters.

In 2003, Ms. Crawford received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she won the honor for First-Year Ames Moot Court Competition, Best Brief, and received her B.A summa cum laude in economics from Louisiana State University in 1999.

Representative Matters

Ms. Crawford's recent engagements include:

  • representing an insurance company in a mass-plaintiff tort suit alleging that the company is liable for damages employees allegedly suffered as a result of investment advice they received from broker-dealer representatives licensed by a former seminar provider for the company
  • representing a consumer lending company and its principals in a series of class actions and arbitrations alleging that the company and individuals were not properly licensed and violated usury caps under California lending laws
  • representing a lead aggregation/generation company in a CFPB enforcement action alleging that the company’s failure to properly supervise the activities of the third-party lending companies to which it sold leads was unfair and abusive under the Consumer Financial Protection Act
  • representing a supplier of modular refineries in a contract and tort dispute alleging faulty construction of a commercial-sized biodiesel plant
  • representing an insurance company in a class action lawsuit and related litigation alleging the company’s representatives improperly recommended that public employees transfer out of a state-run pension program and into the insurance company’s annuity within the state’s defined contribution plan
  • defending life insurance companies in class action lawsuits alleging unsuitable sales of variable annuity products in qualified retirement plans in violation of state and federal securities laws
  • representing an insurance company in a class action lawsuit involving securities fraud claims based on the failure to disclose alleged conflicts of interest by registered representatives in the sale of securities and hybrid securities/insurance products
  • representing an insurance company in class action lawsuits alleging improper first-party claims payment practices in connection with payment of overhead and profit under homeowners’ policies
  • representing insurance companies in class action and individual lawsuits regarding products issued to fund qualified defined benefit plans created pursuant to Sections 412(i) and 419 of the IRC
  • representing insurance companies in bad faith litigation
  • representing public and private companies, officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, SEC investigations, arbitrations and other complex litigation cases
  • representing clients on a pro bono basis in cases involving federal drug conspiracy charges, challenges to legal immigration status, secondary school expulsions, landlord-tenant disputes and other family law matters
  • conducting three criminal jury trials and arguing multiple motions in externship with Marin County District Attorney’s Office.