Anthony P. Ashton

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Biography

Anthony P. Ashton

Anthony P. Ashton is a civil litigator whose practice involves the representation of individuals and corporations in lawsuits involving contract disputes, real estate, torts, class actions, consumer protection statutes, shareholders’ rights and fiduciary duties of officers and directors.  He also represents and advises educational and religious institutions and their Boards. Anthony is a problem-solver who understands his clients’ businesses, working with each client’s individual goals to resolve issues and bring about their desired results. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Anthony was a teacher and guidance counselor in public and private schools. He prides himself on working well with persons from every walk of life and many and varied types of businesses.

Anthony’s well-rounded career has given him the experience needed to represent clients from many different professional backgrounds. He represents developers, landlords and tenants in real estate and leasing disputes, as well as parties in trust and  estate issues. He has represented individuals and developers/financiers in lawsuits involving multi-million dollar development projects. Additionally, he has represented minority-owned contractors in compliance and eligibility matters related to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise program. Anthony has won multiple cases representing religious institutions in various lawsuits in Prince Georges County, Maryland, the United States District Court for the District Court of Maryland and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on issues involving corporate governance of a non-profit corporation, constitutional issues and First Amendment Rights. He has represented a major energy company in various cases within the state of Maryland.

Anthony successfully represented a major ride-sharing company in proceedings before the Maryland Public Service Commission related to criminal background checks of drivers. He has drafted amicus briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the NAACP in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and Fisher II, which involved diversity in higher education admissions policies. He also represented a large defense contractor in a five-week trial against a maritime insurer in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict. He has represented restaurants and restaurant franchisors.  Additionally, Anthony represented a commercial bank in defense of a putative consumer class action in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland concerning alleged violations of secondary mortgage loan laws, in which a motion to dismiss was granted and affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Anthony is a talented trumpet player and announcer for The Spindles, one of Baltimore’s premier musical groups, bringing classic Rhythm and Blues vocal styling to their audiences. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Anthony has taught as an adjunct professor at both the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, and has taught a legal writing course to students at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia.

Practice Areas

Litigation and Regulatory
Litigation involving:
Real estate disputes
Class actions
Mass torts
Consumer protection statutes
Contract disputes
Shareholders’ rights and fiduciary duties of officers and directors

Compliance issues related

Minority Business Enterprises

Education

University of Maryland School of Law
J.D., May 1997, with Honors

University of the District of Columbia
M.A. Counseling, August 1989

Howard University
B.A. Political Science, Special Education minor, May 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1997
  • Virginia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2019
  • Second Circuit, 2009
  • Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • Ninth Circuit, 1998

Memberships, Certifications

University of Maryland, Baltimore Foundation Board of Trustees

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Character Committee of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Sixth Circuit
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association Maryland Chapter’s Board of Governors
  • Champions of Justice award from National Association of the Advancement of Colored People
  • Community Law In Action (CLIA) Inspiring Voice Award
  • Taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Taught legal writing to law students at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Representation of the NAACP
  • General Counsel for Saint Frances Academy

Other Experience

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Ashton was a teacher and guidance counselor

Speaking Engagements

Teaches CLE for the Federal Bar Association: Topics include Ethics, Diversity, and Anti-Discrimination

Frequent speaker on Diversity and Inclusion Issues

Media Appearances

A Guide to Hiring a Diverse Legal Team: Seeing Past the Smoke and Mirrors,” Diversity & the Bar, Fall 2018

Cybersecurity, Personal Email Accounts and Personal Devices,” Corporate Counsel, December 22, 2015

“Can Pastor Counselors Be Prosecuted for Malpractice?” The Christian Post, October 2, 2015

The IRS’s restrictions on the clergy’s speech,” The Hill, May 22, 2015

Dollar’s dollars: restricted gifts and abandoned projects,” Church Executive, April 3, 2015

Private Schools and the Law: Tips for Private School Administrators,” The Edvocate, July 25, 2014

Popular Culture and Diversity in the Courtroom,” The Jury Expert, July 31, 2012

“A Bit of Free Legal Advice To Company Management: Your Trial Team Should Be A Reflection Of Your Jury Pool,” Association of Corporate Counsel Baltimore Chapter, Second Quarter (2012)