R. Lawrence Ashe, Jr.

Lawrence Ashe is Senior Counsel at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP. He is entering his 49th year of advising on and litigating employment law and civil rights matters. He is nationally recognized for his class-action and test validation experience and has been acclaimed by the National Law Journal as the “Dean of the Management Class Action Bar.” He has tried more employment and employment selection class actions to judgment than any other management lawyer in the country, including some of the largest cases tried to date. Lawrence Ashe has been counsel of record in over 50 U.S. District Courts around the country and tried cases in more than 20. He has served as Management Co-Chair of the EEO Law Committee of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section and was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for employment and civil rights law for 17 years.

His honors and offices include the Anti-Defamation League’s first Judge Elbert Tuttle Distinguished Jurisprudence Award in 1998 and election to its Southeastern Regional Board in 2009, induction as a Fellow into both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Chair of the EEO Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute and founding director of the successor American Employment Law Council. He is the Northern District of Georgia’s representative on the Lawyer Qualifications and Conduct Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2001- to date), having previously served on the Disciplinary Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He was the sole “Star Individual” in Chambers USA’s 2012 Listing of Labor and Employment lawyers in Georgia, as he was in 2010 and 2011. He was also named Atlanta “Litigation and Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by Atlanta Best Lawyers.

Lawrence Ashe graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University (1962), cum laude from Harvard Law School (1967), and is admitted to practice in Georgia and the District of Columbia, as well as numerous federal trial and appellate courts around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.