Ashley Bryan Abel


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Ashley Bryan Abel


Ashley is the consummate litigator with over 20 years of experience in federal and state courts in over 25 states across the country.  He aggressively manages cases to maximize the opportunity for winning while also increasing the leverage for a reasonable settlement opportunity.  Partnering with clients in this manner is a hallmark of Jackson Lewis and Ashley individually.  Serving clients as lead counsel in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action cases involving amounts in controversy up to $20-50M has provided Ashley a unique perspective and insight into the most successful defense strategies as well as all available strategy options for clients to consider, along with the likely costs and outcomes.

Companies face an ever-increasing array of potential liability, including alleged violations of ERISA, HIPAA, data privacy, Title VII, Title IX, Constitutional religious issues, and others. Ashley has served as lead counsel in litigation in each of these areas and, as a result, is also called on to provide advice on litigation avoidance, proactive best practices, crisis management, and preventative strategies to position the entity for likely litigation.  While his clients span all industries, he maintains a focus in manufacturing, higher education, financial services, and healthcare.

Away from work, Ashley enjoys hiking with his wife, golf, cars, his four children, and their dog Max.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management" (2019-present)
  • Chambers USA, “Labor & Employment” (2009-2015)
  • Greenville Business Magazine, “Legal Elite in Employee Benefits” (2022)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "Distinguished® - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement" (1997-present)
  • Super Lawyers®, "Super Lawyers" (2008-2009, 2013-present)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Wounded Warrior Project

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Subcommittee co-chair of Employee Benefits Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar

Published Works

  • “Employment Discrimination and Employee Benefits,” Chapter 15 of Employee Benefits Law (BNA) [Co-Author]
  • ERISA Litigation, “Class Actions” and “Remedies” Chapters (BNA) [Co-Author]