• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • William & Mary Law School
      J.D., 2013
    • College of William and Mary
      Master of Public Policy, 2013
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      B.A. in Public Policy and Economics, 2007
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+

Ashley J. Heilprin

Ashley Heilprin practices in the areas of civil trial and commercial litigation. She regularly appears in Louisiana’s courts. Ms. Heilprin’s commercial litigation experience includes state and federal matters in the following areas: business torts; construction on behalf of engineers, architects, contractors and developer clients; professional liability including lawyers, insurance broker and agent clients; First Amendment and defamation; breach of contract; breach of warranty; unfair trade practices; fraud; charter schools and public education; internal investigations; election challenges; and class actions.

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Ashley Heilprin practices in the areas of civil trial and commercial litigation. She regularly appears in Louisiana’s courts. Ms. Heilprin’s commercial litigation experience includes state and federal matters in the following areas: business torts; construction on behalf of engineers, architects, contractors and developer clients; professional liability including lawyers, insurance broker and agent clients; First Amendment and defamation; breach of contract; breach of warranty; unfair trade practices; fraud; charter schools and public education; internal investigations; election challenges; and class actions.

Ms. Heilprin has represented clients from case inception through resolution at trial, and where appropriate, resolution through settlement and alternative dispute resolution. She has an eye toward obtaining favorable resolution for clients at a reasonable cost.

Ms. Heilprin represents both plaintiffs and defendants in their disputes involving public and private construction projects. She has represented owners, tenants, contractors and sub-contractors in state and federal courts in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. She has handled matters involving various aspects of the construction process, including delay claims, claims involving construction and design defects, lien claims and claims involving performance and payment bonds. Ms. Heilprin has successfully assisted in the resolution of construction disputes for clients through negotiation, litigation and mediation. She has litigated claims involving breach of contract, breach of warranty, construction and/or design defects, negligence, unjust enrichment and construction liens.

Ms. Heilprin is particularly adept at advising clients and working with our litigation teams to facilitate eDiscovery plans for clients of all sizes. Specifically, she counsels clients on eDiscovery issues including the selection of eDiscovery technologies, pre-litigation preparedness and the preservation, collection, review and production of electronic information in litigation. Her depth of knowledge of the underlying technology has enabled her to work efficiently and collaboratively with clients’ internal IT departments and outside counsel teams. Ms. Heilprin’s use of technologies and analytics has made document search and review more effective, less time-consuming and less costly.

Ms. Heilprin also serves as a member of the Small & Emerging Business Practice Group.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Ms. Heilprin served as a litigation associate at a New Orleans law firm, as well as an extern for the Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle.

In the community, Ms. Heilprin is a graduate of the Committee for a Better New Orleans’ Class of 2016, a member Young Leadership Council’s 2013 Leadership Development Series Class, and a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans class of 2014. Ms. Heilprin also serves on the board of directors for Collegiate Academies, the Young Leadership Council, and the ACLU of Louisiana. She is a past board member of the House of Ruth of New Orleans.

Experience

  • Obtained successful verdict at trial as first chair counsel, on behalf of unpaid sub-contractor against general contractor and owner in breach of contract and detrimental reliance action.
  • Obtained favorable judgment in election challenge case involving an Orleans Parish School Board Seat.
  • Defended and obtained summary judgment for commercial lessee in breach of lease dispute.
  • Defended a homeowner who was sued for fraud in the sale of his home to subsequent purchasers.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for lawyer and professional liability insurer in legal malpractice case involving a $700,000 claim
  • Counseled national educational reform organization on compliance with state lobbying laws.
  • Conducted high-profile internal investigation of public charter school.
  • Counseled local education agencies in dispute regarding changes to legislative funding scheme.
  • Actively involved in the enforcement of First Amendment rights, including the successful defense of a government contractor against sub-contractor in claim in excess of $2 million.

Insights

Publications
  • “Creating Your First Business Development Plan,” American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Young Advocates Committee Lunch and Learn, (March 18, 2015)
  • “Sony Cyber Attacks: The Changing Face of Security and Data Breaches,” Fashion and Entertainment Law Blog, (January 6, 2015)
  • “The Importance of Carefully Crafted Litigation Hold Notices,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Committee News & Developments, (December 2014)
  • “Successful Integration of Women Millennials in the Workplace,” Briefly Speaking, New Orleans Bar Association, (Winter 2014)
  • "Fashion and Entertainment Companies Beware: Unpaid Internship Litigation on the Rise," Fashion and Entertainment Law Blog, (November 4, 2014)
  • “Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officials Using Excessive Force Post-Plumhoff v. Rickard,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Civil Rights Committee Newsletter, (October 2014)
  • “SCOTUS Aims to Resolve Circuit Spilt in CAFA Parens Patriae Actions,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Committee News & Developments, (October 2013)
Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Minority Involvement Section member)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section executive council member; Women in the Profession committee; Inn of Court)
  • Collegiate Academies (Board of Directors)
  • Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society (Corresponding Secretary)
  • Young Leadership Council (Board of Directors)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (Board of Directors)
  • Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (Class of 2014)

Recognition

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars