Ashley Hardin focuses on complex civil matters and has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate level. A substantial portion of Ashley’s practice focuses on the health care industry and includes representing corporations and individuals in False Claims Act cases and other fraud cases, including in state and federal government investigations. Ashley also has considerable experience representing a pharmaceutical distributor in the nation’s complex opioid litigation and in representing pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability litigation, including class actions and multi-district litigation.
In 2020, Ashley was recognized by Who’s Who Legal in their global guide to recommended healthcare lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Healthcare 2020. In 2016, she was named a Law360 “Rising Star” for health care law. Ashley also is an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
A native of North Carolina, Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, where she was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ashley graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, where she was the winner of the 2002 Leahy Moot Court Competition and an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She joined Williams & Connolly in 2004. Ashley is a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and the Associate Evaluation Committee.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Ashley’s experience includes:
- Representing Cardinal Health in high-profile national litigation relating to the Company’s distribution of opioid medications—including serving as counsel for Cardinal in the first bellwether trial in the federal MDL in Ohio, which settled after a jury was seated on the eve of opening statements in October 2019.
- Winning summary judgment on behalf of Omnicare, Inc., in qui tam litigation concerning procedures for accounts receivable collections for prescription drug services and now representing Omnicare in an appeal filed by opposing counsel.
- Securing dismissal of a False Claims Act case against Liberty Medical Supply Inc. in a suit claiming Liberty failure to refund the government more than $60 million in alleged overpayments for medical supplies.
- Winning the first MDL trial in the hormone therapy litigation for Wyeth (now Pfizer) in a suit brought by a woman claiming that the medication caused her breast cancer.
- Representing students falsely accused of sexual assault in appeal of civil rights litigation brought against public officials.
Recommended for Healthcare Law, Who’s Who Legal: Healthcare 2020
“Rising Star in Health,” Law360, 2016
"D.C.'s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40," Trending 40, 2016
Other Government Service
Staff Assistant; Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Assistant, United States Congressman Robin Hayes, 2000-2001