Danny S. Ashby advises clients in federal white-collar criminal matters, class action securities litigation, securities enforcement, and corporate internal investigations. He represents numerous public and closely held companies and trade associations in federal courts throughout the United States. Danny has tried more than 25 cases and has argued more than a dozen matters before federal appeals courts across the country. He routinely defends issuers, officers, and directors in class action and other private securities litigation brought under the 1933 Securities Act and the 1934 Securities Exchange Act. He also represents corporations and individuals in SEC investigations, False Claims Act matters, and parallel civil/criminal investigations and proceedings.
Ranked among The Best Lawyers in America for white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation, Danny’s criminal experience includes pre-indictment counseling and grand jury practice, as well as full-fledged jury trials of lengthy and complex criminal cases. Danny also devotes a substantial part of his litigation practice to federal appellate work, handling both civil and criminal appeals throughout the country. Past federal appeals have included federal securities fraud, intellectual property, and federal taxation matters, and issues involving the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Danny was a partner at another international law firm in its white collar and government enforcement practice. Before entering private practice, he served under Attorney General William Barr as a trial attorney (Honors Program) in the criminal division of the US Department of Justice. He also served as a special assistant US Attorney in the Alexandria Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Danny also served as a law clerk to Judge Edith Jones of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
White Collar, Government Enforcement, and Private Securities Litigation
Defense of large government contractor in $1.2 billion False Claims Act case in the Eastern District of Virginia
Defense of major telecommunications provider in $850 million False Claims Act case in the Southern District of New York
Defense of a large corporate conglomerate in a federal criminal tax matter involving the alleged failure to report and pay income taxes on more than $60 million in revenues
Defense of a senior Enron executive in connection with federal civil and criminal charges of insider trading and securities fraud
Defense of a former executive in a United States Senate Subcommittee and federal grand jury investigation involving alleged offshore tax shelter abuses
Defense of the world’s second largest pipe manufacturer against charges of criminal OSHA violations
Defense of a major pharmaceutical company in a $400 million securities fraud and antitrust case
Defense of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Capital Finance in multiple class action securities fraud cases alleging damages in excess of $2 billion.
Corporate Internal Investigations
Representation of Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, now a wholly owned division of St Jude Medical, in connection with a Federal healthcare fraud and anti-kickback investigation.
Representation of a former director of Michaels Stores in connection with an SEC investigation of Michaels’ executive stock option backdating practices.
Representation of executive and non-executive employees in an SEC and federal grand jury investigation involving i2 Technologies.
Representation of ReadyOne Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of chemical warfare suits for the US military, in a federal grand jury investigation of ReadyOne’s former officers and directors
Baylor University Law School, 1990, J.D., With Highest Honors
University of South Carolina, 1986, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
US Supreme Court
US Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and Federal Circuits
Awards and Affiliations
Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group (2019)
Recognized,Commercial Litigation, Dallas; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Dallas, The Best Lawyers in America (2013–2020)
Recognized, BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Star (2014, 2016)
Recognized, Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly (2006–2012)
Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2006–2012)