Ashley Bruce Trehan handles complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters with a concentration on class action defense, managed care litigation, and multi-district litigation (MDL). Her practice also focuses on federal and state administrative law proceedings involving securities and health care regulations.
Ashley practices in federal courts at a nationwide level and in Florida courts statewide. Ashley has handled commercial cases involving all types of contract and tort claims, including fraud, breach of contract, health care, professional negligence, unfair and deceptive trade practices, securities, real estate and products liability.
In the managed care context, Ashley has represented providers and health insurance companies in high-stakes, complex commercial arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) ADR Service. Ashley also partners with out-of-state counsel as local counsel in a variety of cases pending in Florida federal and state courts.
An active member of the ABA’s Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee, Ashley has authored numerous articles regarding hot topics and trends in class action litigation, federal court practice, and eDiscovery issues.
Ashley’s litigation experience includes:
- Aircraft Guaranty Corp. v. Diamond Aircraft Indus., Inc., Case No. 0:11-cv-61663 (S.D. Fla.) – Obtained dismissal of case against Canadian aircraft manufacturer for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
- Morris Aviation, LLC v. Diamond Aircraft Indus., Inc., Case No. 3:09-cv-00644 (W.D. Ky.) – Obtained final dismissal of fraud complaint, based on Kentucky’s newly developed economic loss rule; obtained affirmance in Morris Aviation, LLC v. Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc., 536 Fed. Appx. 558 (6th Cir. 2013).
- Nyberg v. Cryo-Cell Int’l, Inc., Case No. 8:11-cv-00399 (M.D. Fla.) – Obtained partial summary judgment on breach of contract claim, which positioned client favorably for an upcoming mediation.
- Obtained summary judgment on breach of contract claim in complex commercial arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
- Lucarelli Pizza & Deli v. TECO Energy, Inc., et al., Case No. 10-ca-004821 (20th Jud. Cir. Fla.) – Obtained denial of class certification and dismissal with prejudice of public utility.
- Nationwide Life Ins. Co. v. Perry, Case No. 9:12-cv-80194 (S.D. Fla.) – Interpleaded funds and obtained dismissal of insurance company, where two parties claimed to be beneficiaries to life insurance proceeds.
- McCall’s Holdings, LLC v. M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Case No. 2:10-cv-00263 (M.D. Fla.) – Moved to strike class allegations from putative class action complaint and subsequently obtained dismissal.
- Mascaro Aviation, LLC v. Diamond Aircraft Indus., Inc., Case No. 0:10-cv-60556 (S.D. Fla.) – Succeeded on a hotly contested motion to drop 18 of the 19 plaintiffs due to improper joinder, pursuant to Rule 20 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
- K.S. v. Rainey, et al., Case No. 8:09-cv-01628 (M.D. Fla.) – Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of state agency.
- Kitchener v. Gen. Electric Co. – Following a motion to transfer from the Middle District of Florida (Case No. 2:06-cv-00553) to the Western District of Arkansas (Case No. 5:08-cv-05074), obtained denial of class certification in product liability class action.
- Dolch v. Linen Source, Inc., Case No. 8:07-cv-00528 (M.D. Fla.) – Obtained dismissal of putative class action complaint alleging various contract and tort claims, including a count brought under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA).
In addition to her commercial litigation and class action experience, Ashley is a passionate pro bono advocate. She represents the disabled through her pro bono involvement with the MacDonald Training Center, a local organization providing services to those with developmental disabilities, and she volunteers with the Florida Department of Health’s Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Counsel. She also advocates for animal welfare through her involvement with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society. Ashley has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. She has also been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list consecutively since 2016.
Ashley received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where she received a Dean's Merit Scholarship, was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She completed her undergraduate education at Emory University with a B.A. in psychology and music. As part of her music studies at Emory, Ashley focused on music theory and classical piano performance.
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude; Merit Scholarship; University of Miami Law Review; Order of the Coif; Dean's List; Dean's Fellow; Merit Awards in Legal Research & Writing and Florida Legal Research; President, Student Animal League Defense Fund (SALDF)
Emory University, B.A., 2002, Psychology, Music
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee; Co-Chair, Insurance Class Actions Subcommittee
Florida Bar, Federal Courts Practice Committee; Business Law Section
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners, Co-Chair
Animal Legal Defense Fund
MacDonald Training Center, Pro Bono Volunteer
Straz Center: Best of Tampa Bay Planning Committee