Ashleigh J. F. Lynn

Ashleigh Lynn

AJ Lynn represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including claims arising from breach of contract, fraud, related business torts, and securities and shareholder disputes. AJ has extensive experience counseling clients in a variety of industries, including cybersecurity, sports and entertainment, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, and nonprofit organizations. She guides clients through all litigation phases, including drafting and responding to complaints, discovery requests, motions, and briefs; managing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI); conducting in-depth factual and legal research and analysis; developing trial strategy; preparing witnesses for deposition, mediation, arbitration, and trial; taking and defending depositions; and co-leading settlement negotiations, mediation, and multi-day arbitration.



Representative Matters

  • Defended an international technology company in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract dispute, securing a settlement that resolved all claims against the client and ensuring the client’s retention of a substantial portion of the paid purchase price
  • Defended a large pharmaceutical manufacturer in an arbitration over a $2 million breach of contract claim, defeating the claim and recovering $4.35 million on counterclaim
  • Participated on a trial team that defended a regional bank in a securities class action case
  • Defended generic pharmaceutical companies against antitrust class actions
  • Secured a confidential settlement against a competitor in a trade secret misappropriation case
  • Defended multiple employers against claims related to employee or contractor negligence
  • Secured favorable resolutions in sponsorship contract disputes
  • Counseled multiple corporations and nonprofit organizations in developing comprehensive and effective information governance policies




  • J.D. Boston University School of Law 2010
    • Honors in Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration
    • Judicial intern to the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; and the Honorable William G. Connelly, chief magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • B.A. International Relations Claremont McKenna College 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Christopher B. Kehoe Maryland Court of Special Appeals 2010 2012

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Maryland Bar Association


  • Venable LLP, Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Tahirih Justice Center, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Baltimore, 2016
  • Public Justice Center, recognized for her commitment to pro bono services, 2018


Pro Bono

  • Represents  victims of domestic violence at protective order hearings through the House of Ruth, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and supportive services to victims of domestic violence 
  • Represents immigrant women and girls seeking asylum in the United States from gender-based violence through the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that assists these victims. Led a team that achieved a hard-fought grant of asylum for a client referred by the organization
  • Provided substantial pro bono counsel to the Public Justice Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Assistance Center of Towson Churches
  • Secured asylum on behalf of a doctor from the Gambia in a particularly complicated fear of future harm case 
  • Secured a favorable settlement in a civil rights action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against municipality and correctional officers for excessive use of force


  • President, board of directors, Generation Hope – a nonprofit organization that provides direct scholarships and one-on-one mentoring to teenage parents who are attending college in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC

Personal Activities

  • Played varsity water polo in college and club rugby in college and after law school
  • Ravens fan who enjoys travel, hiking, snowboarding, camping, and experiencing different cuisines