Ashley M. LeBrun is an associate working with the firm’s labor and employment and trade secrets groups. Ashley regularly counsels employers and represents them in litigation. In counseling employers, Ashley drafts and revises employee handbooks and policies, advises employers on how to handle requests for leave and reasonable accommodations, investigates employee claims, and guides employers on terminations and on FLSA overtime issues and exemptions. Counseling also includes drafting and negotiating severances as well as restrictive covenants, such as non-competition, non-solicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.
As a litigator, Ashley has defended employers facing claims for violating the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Ashley’s representation of employers not only includes defense, but also includes pursuing rights of employers whose former employees have violated restrictive covenants and other duties under the common law, such as the fiduciary duty of loyalty. Ashley is admitted to practice and has defended such claims in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also has defended claims filed in the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
- Assisted in the successful defense against a race discrimination claim against a healthcare employer, through winning summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal in the Third Circuit.
- Obtained stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of reasonable accommodations claim against clothing company after forceful motion to dismiss.
- Obtained stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of whistleblower claim against individual defendant in insurance industry through mediation.
- Successfully defended manufacturing company against claim for unemployment benefits due to alleged constructive discharge.
- Assisted in obtaining settlement after strong summary judgment motion was filed on a whistleblower lawsuit.
- Assisted with internal investigation of high executive of non-profit corporation.
- Obtained releases from employees threatening to sue employers.
- Draft nondisclosure agreements protecting trade secrets for fashion manufacturing company.
- Negotiated severance agreements and counsel companies, such as in the fashion industry, through terminations and layoffs.
- Counsel businesses, ranging from restaurants to farms, just starting out in setting up employment handbooks, policies, and practices.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Secretary, Princeton Bar Association
- Committee Member, Eagleton Alumni Committee, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
- New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
- Mercer County Bar Association
- New Jersey Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court (2017 – 2019)
Awards and Recognition
- Named to Best Lawyers list as “Ones to Watch” for Commercial Litigation/Labor and Employment Law – Management (2020)
- Order of the Coif
Articles and Presentations
- Speaker, Accommodating Leave: How Disability Figures into NJ’s Leave Laws, New Jersey Business and Industry Association (February 28, 2020)
- Speaker, Employment Law Update (Wage and Hour Law and More), Princeton Bar Association (January 2020)
- Wage and Hour Update – Latest Update in New Jersey and Nationwide (November 2019)
- Speaker, Living in the World of #MeToo,” New Jersey Business and Industry Association (October 2019)
- Impact of #MeToo on the Legal Obligations and Risk for Employers, Philly I-Day Convention (April 2019)