Ashley Bashur represents clients in complex securities enforcement and regulatory matters and internal investigations. Ms. Bashur has extensive experience representing corporations, financial institutions, and individuals in investigations and proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the New York Attorney General’s Office, and other governmental agencies and self-regulatory organizations and exchanges.  Ms. Bashur has represented clients in a variety of matters, including matters involving high-frequency and algorithmic trading, market manipulation, trade reporting, suitability, complex products, auditor independence, insider trading, books and records, and whistleblower protection.

Ms. Bashur also has represented clients in civil litigation and criminal appeals, and she has argued before the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. She maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing her efforts on the representation of indigent criminal defendants and veterans and volunteering at the DC Landlord Tenant Resource Center and Election Protection.


    • Counsel to a municipal underwriter in SEC enforcement action pertaining to MSRB and SEC disclosure rules.
    • Successfully negotiated settlement on behalf of broker-dealer in NYSE enforcement action pertaining to the firm’s supervision of floor broker activities.
    • Counsel to several broker-dealer firms in FINRA, SEC, and Exchange investigations into compliance with the Market Access Rule. 
    • Represented broker-dealer in Cboe and FINRA investigations into potential market manipulation by high-frequency trading client.
    • Counsel to multinational Fortune 500 company and company CEO in SEC investigation relating to potential Sarbanes-Oxley Act and FCPA violations.
    • Defended an energy-sector corporation in numerous securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions.
    • Represented senior executives of broker-dealers in SEC investigation into the Market Access Rule. 
    • Counsel to broker-dealer firm in FINRA enforcement action pertaining to supervision of lines of credit subject to bank regulations.
    • Conducted internal investigations of public issuers, financial institutions, and other companies pertaining to potential fraud or insider trading.

    Pro Bono Work

    • Represent veterans seeking Combat-Related Special Compensation  
    • Represented indigent criminal defendant in appeal to Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
    • Represented the Public Defender of Maryland in appeal to Court of Appeals of Maryland involving the right to counsel at bail hearings
    • Served as volunteer at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center in Washington DC and for the Election Protection Hotline in North Carolina

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  • Education

    • Harvard Business School Online

      Credential of Readiness (CORe), Business Analytics, Financial Accounting, Economics for Managers, with Honors, 2015
    • JD, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2009

      summa cum laude Valedictorian; Staff Member, University of Baltimore Law Review; Heuisler Honor Society
    • BA, Political Science, Dickinson College, 2006

      magna cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Maryland



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