Meet Ashley



Originally from Upstate New York, Ashley C. Lhérisson, Esq. graduated from Columbia Law School in May 2017 and is licensed to practice law in New York and California. 

Ashley is a Litigation Associate at a law firm in New York. Previously, Ashley served as a law clerk for a federal judge and had the opportunity to do legal research and writing for cases from the Second Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit, as well as trade cases.

Ashley graduated valedictorian of her high school class after skipping the 11th grade and was accepted to Columbia University early decision at 16 years old. In 2012, Ashley graduated with honors from Columbia with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to attending law school Ashley worked as a white-collar crime legal assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and as a general litigation paralegal at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 

During the summer before law school, Ashley interned at Linklaters LLP through the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Law Career Program.  In her first year at Columbia Law, Ashley participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, winning the region's Best Brief Award, and later served as the Regional Moot Court Director. She also served in leadership roles for Columbia Law Women's Association and the Black Law Students Association. During the summer after her first year of law school, Ashley became a Diversity Fellow at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, winning a $10,000 scholarship.   

In her second year, Ashley joined the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, where she later served as an Articles Editor and also participated in the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic. Ashley spent her 2L summer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP assisting with assignments from their Criminal Defense & Investigations Group.  Ashley was also named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, one of Columbia Law's two distinct academic honors.

In her last year at Columbia Law, Ashley worked as a Judicial Extern at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ashley also served as a Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant and had the opportunity to take a white-collar crime class with a judge from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  After completing all of her course requirements a semester early, Ashley spent her final semester of law school serving as a Pro Bono Scholar and devoted over 560 hours to pro bono work.  

In her free time, Ashley volunteers as a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee for the New York City Bar Association. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).  In addition, Ashley serves on the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Junior Leadership Board and the Pipeline to Practice Foundation Board.     

Ashley passed the February 2017 New York Bar Exam and the July 2017 California Bar Exam.