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Ashley Parrish

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Ashley C. Parrish is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding, and a member of the firm’s national appellate and strategic counseling practice group. He focuses his practice on appellate, administrative, and constitutional law; on the preparation of high-risk cases for eventual appeal; and on strategic, complex litigation. He has handled appeals and complex litigation matters in courts across the country, including significant matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, almost all of the federal courts of appeals, and a variety of state appellate courts. He regularly advises clients in federal administrative law and practice, and has experience in a diverse range of substantive areas, energy, FDA/life sciences, health care, products liability, international trade, environmental regulation, and bankruptcy.


J.D., honors, University of Chicago B.A. Economics, magna cum laude, University of Washington-Seattle Campus B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, University of Washington-Seattle Campus.

United States: Dispute resolution


Within: Appellate

Working closely with the firm’s specialized regulatory practices, the cutting-edge work of King & Spalding LLP’s appellate department ranges from life sciences and healthcare to intellectual property, energy and environmental law. In ESI Energy v FERC, a case challenging a decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before the DC Circuit, practice co-chair Ashley Parrish argued for intervenor for the respondent West Deptford Energy. Parish led the team on successfully petitioning the US Supreme Court in Wolfe v Virginia, which concerned the right to use alleged vindictive prosecution as ground for challenging the constitutional authority of a state to prosecute. Bobby Burchfield led on representing the petitioner in CNH Industrial N.V. v Reese, where the US Supreme Court affirmed that collective bargaining agreements must be interpreted according to ordinary principles of contract law. In a case concerning the interpretation of the False Claims Act, co-chair Jeffrey Bucholtz convinced the Second Circuit to reverse the federal district court’s ruling in favor of client Allergan. Bucholtz also argued the case for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in an Engle progeny case at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Florida. In April 2018, Merritt McAlister left to pursue an academic career.

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