Ashley L. Taylor, Jr.


Executive Committee Member

Business Phone: 804.697.1286; 202.274.2944
Business Fax: 804.698.6018


Ashley Taylor is a partner in the Consumer Financial Services practice with a primary focus on federal and state government regulatory and enforcement matters involving state Attorneys General, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Partner Compensation Committee.

Ashley focuses his practice on consumer protection issues and defends companies against a variety of enforcement actions brought by the state and federal regulators, and on claims including marketing and advertising representations, statutory disclosures, unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and data security breach response. He also defends clients on a number of issues related to the alphabet soup of federal and state laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the state analogs.

Additionally, Ashley defends clients in litigation matters that often arise from an enforcement action. He works closely with the financial services litigation team to support the client during the entire lifecycle of a matter should it enter into litigation. He also works with clients regularly to provide routine compliance advice. Drawing upon his experience as a Deputy Attorney General, Ashley has developed an extensive consumer practice with regard to the consumer financial services industry, including advising debt buyers, debt collectors, payment processors, credit reporting agencies, and auto finance companies on regulatory and compliance issues. His deep involvement with Attorneys General organizations including the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) allows him to stay on the forefront of emerging issues which affect businesses across the United States daily.

Ashley also founded and currently co-chairs, together with the Oregon Attorney General, the American Bar Association committee on state Attorneys General matters. He previously served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Bush from 2004-2010.

Ashley serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor and provides ongoing analysis and commentary on developments in the consumer financial services industry, with a focus on regulatory developments. 

Representative Matters

Multi-State State Attorneys General Investigations

  • Representation of data broker regarding 44-state investigation into data breach.
  • Representation of a leading pharmacy benefit manager in a 33-state investigation involving “undisclosed” rebates.
  • Representation of national trade association in connection with NAAG "model" legislation.
  • Representation of national pharmaceutical company in multi-state investigation involving off-label marketing.


  • Counsel to Saving Sweet Briar, Inc./Sweet Briar Institute in school closure dispute (Commonwealth of Virginia, ex rel Ellen Bowyer v. Sweet Briar Institute, et al., Case No. CL15 15009373, Amherst County Circuit Court, 2015).
  • Counsel to manufacturer challenging Tax and Trade Bureau regulation.
  • Counsel to distributor in RICO action (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Market Basket Food Stores, Inc., Civil Action No. 05-253).
  • Counsel to national ministry in defense of action alleging various Constitutional challenges (Americans United for Separation of Church and State, et al., Appellees v. Prison Fellowship Ministries, Inc., et al., 509 F.3d 406 (8th Cir. 2007); 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 27928).
  • Counsel to real estate developer in land acquisition dispute (Ventures Development, LLC and Lakeside Commons, LLC v. B.D. Ashe, Case No. 025CL06000137-00).

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Firm Management Responsibilities

  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Partner Compensation Committee

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Founding Chair, State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee, Section of State and Local Government Law, American Bar Association, 2013-present
  • Former and Current Board Member, St. Christopher’s School, 2009-2015, 2018-2021 
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Judgeships, Eastern District
  • Member, Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century, appointed by Chief Justice Hassell
  • Former Member, Executive Counsel, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Former Director, Virginia Military Institute Athletic Association (The Keydet Club)

Rankings and Recognition

  • Nationwide, Government: Government Regulations, Chambers USA (2015-2018).
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law (2011-2019) and Commercial Litigation (2013-2019).
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense (2006-2012) and Consumer Law (2013-2016); Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for Civil Litigation Defense (2009-2011).
  • Named to Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite in Legislative and Regulatory Law (2004, 2010), Civil Litigation (2005, 2007, 2009), and Young Lawyer (2006, 2008).
  • Named to Savoy Magazine's list of Most Influential Black Lawyers (2018).
  • Recognized as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal (2008)
  • Named as Style Weekly's Top 40 under 40 (2007).
  • Named by the American Bar Association State and Local Government Section as the "Up and Comer" of the Year (1999).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP (2003–present)
  • Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Appointed by President George W. Bush (December 2004–2010)
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP (2001–2002)
  • Deputy Virginia Attorney General (1998–2001)
  • Associate, Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk, VA (1995–1998)
  • Law Clerk, United States District Court (1993–1995)




  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1993
  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A., 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia