Ashley Barton


  • Ashley Barton
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  • Duane Morris LLP
    750 B Street, Suite 2900
    San Diego, CA 92101-4681

Ashley Barton practices in the area of litigation, representing businesses in commercial litigation, class action cases, employment law claims and trademark matters.

As a member of the firm’s Fashion, Retail and Consumer Branded Products Industry Group, Ms. Barton performs trademark clearance for clients before the launch of a product or brand, counsels clients on IP enforcement rights and implements IP protection strategies. She has experience litigating employment wage and hour and wrongful termination, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, federal and common law unfair competition, false advertising and breach of contract cases, as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

As part of the Transportation Industry Group, she represents clients in commercial litigation and regulatory matters, including employee classification determinations. She is also involved in the Technology, Media and Telecom Industry Group and counsels on infringement, notice-and-takedowns, fair use, employee non-competes and trade secrets.

Ms. Barton is a 2020 magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the San Diego Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy, and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2021-present


  • California


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2020
    - San Diego Law Review
    - Order of the Coif
    - The Order of Barristers
  • University of California, San Diego, B.S., 2015


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2021-present

Representative Matters

    Commercial Litigation

  • Obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice for multinational automotive manufacturer after filing motion for summary judgment in commercial contract litigation.

  • Represented shareholder in ownership dispute among founders of several closely-held corporations.

  • Represented residential landlord in putative class action in federal court involving late rent penalties.

  • Represented seller of commercial cleaning company in post-acquisition indemnification and purchase price litigation.

  • Represented private university in opposing borrower defense to loan repayment claims.

  • Intellectual Property Matters

  • Secured trademark publication on the Principal Register for social game developer client after successfully overcoming USPTO’s office action.

  • Obtained transfer of infringing domain name for private university after filing complaint with the International Arbitration and Mediation Forum.

  • Performed trademark clearance before new product launch for social media app developer.

  • Advised foreign food distributor of enforcement rights against potential domestic infringer.

  • Implemented brand protection strategy for outdoor apparel company involving trademark recordation with Customs and Border Protection to secure seizure of counterfeit goods at the border.

  • Advised expanding restaurant franchise on its trademark co-existence agreement.

  • Represented software developer in patent litigation against non-practicing entity.

  • Represented telecommunications company in federal court litigation against social networking company for trademark infringement and reverse confusion in violation of the Lanham Act.

  • Represented beverage company in contesting Amazon takedown of their products and in its declaratory action to obtain order of non-infringement.

  • Employment Matters

  • Obtained a stay against litigation of a putative wage and hour class action pending arbitration for a Fortune 200 company.

  • Conducted due diligence and advised energy company of employment issues and exposure during its acquisition of national installation company.

  • Negotiated severance agreement between pharmaceutical company and marketing executive.