Joseph R. Ashby
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Joseph R. Ashby

  • Business Trial Attorney


Practice Areas

  • Class Action Defense
  • Breach of Contract Disputes
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Startup Disputes
  • Trade Secret Litigation


Joseph R. Ashby focuses on business litigation, class action defense, trade secret litigation, breach of contract disputes, and partnership and startup disputes. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Joseph started his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. After that Joseph was an attorney with the premier business litigation firm—Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP—for more than eight years.

Joseph is committed to combining the advocacy, insight, and diligence typically found in large law firms with the dedication to each client offered by a litigation boutique. Joseph brings that commitment to all its clients from an individual involved in a business dispute to a Fortune 500 company confronting a class action. That commitment drives Joseph to seek the best possible outcome for every client.


  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Michigan Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Arizona State University
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Sociology

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

Professional Associations

  • California Lawyers Association (Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section, Litigation Section, & Intellectual Property Law Section), Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, Executive Committee

Published Works

  • "Declining to State a Name in Consideration of the Fifth Amendment's Self-Incrimination Clause and Law Enforcement Databases after Hiibel,", 104 Michigan Law Review 779, 2006

Past Positions

  • Hon. Robert Holmes Bell, United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, Law Clerk, 2006 to 2008

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa