Matt Ashby has served as local and national trial counsel for some of the largest U.S. companies in the government contracting, chemical, construction, maritime and automotive industries for over a decade. Matt's prior professional experience, as a Certified Public Accountant in California and as a senior auditor for a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, enables him to wield a unique and sophisticated legal practice on behalf of his clients. 

Prior to his legal career, Matt served as a senior auditor for a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, where he supervised compliance and financial audits, internal controls, and M&A due diligence. His training in federal contracting and accounting have enabled him to add unique value to his legal service. As a result, Matt has been called upon to bring a fresh perspective to his clients' defense strategies, both locally and nationally.

In addition to serving his clients, Matt enjoys opportunities to collaborate with and educate other lawyers.

Matt has participated as a lecturer and faculty member at national complex litigation and product liability conferences and has been interviewed by leading legal publications for his views on trends in these practice areas. He has written articles for DRI and Law360 on cross-border discovery and trial practice, as well as authored a chapter on damages for a regional legal treatise published by The Recorder. Matt has also prepared a comprehensive DRI practice guide on the defense of litigation involving international parties.

Prior to Orrick, Matt most recently practiced as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Polsinelli LLP (an Am Law 100 firm).

  • Matt's representative matters include:

    • Trial counsel in a product liability lawsuit in Torrance, CA, alleging take-home exposures to toxic substances. In addition to punitive damages, plaintiff argued for $11 million in compensatory damages. However, the jury returned a full defense verdict. Pass v. Amcord, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Fortune 50 company in a toxic tort trial involving exposure to alleged carcinogenic chemicals. The 61-year-old plaintiff, diagnosed with a fatal cancer, asked the jurors for $20 million in compensatory damages plus multiples more in punitive damages. After weeks of trial, the jury returned a full defense verdict. Law360 selected Matt and the defense team as one of its 2016 “Legal Lions.”  Jasniy v. 3M, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in a toxic tort trial in which a medical doctor claimed to have developed a fatal disease from chemical exposures. In addition to economic damages in excess of $6,000,000, the plaintiff asked the jurors for multiples more in non-economic and punitive damages. After 14 weeks of trial, the jury returned a full defense verdict. Luros v. Amcord, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in a toxic tort trial for wrongful death alleged to have been caused by chemical exposures. Nonsuit for the defense after weeks of trial. Dix v. Alfa Laval, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Global 500 manufacturer of building materials in a toxic tort lawsuit alleging the development of lung cancer from exposure to building products. Claim dismissed during trial. Johnston v. Anheuser-Busch, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a manufacturer of modular housing units in a product liability lawsuit alleging the development of a fatal form of cancer. Dismissed during trial. Burleson v. Adel Wiggins Group, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Global 500 manufacturer of building materials in a toxic tort trial for the development of a fatal form of cancer alleged to have been caused from exposure to building products. Resolved during trial. Jones v. BorgWarner, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in a toxic tort trial for the development of an aggressive form of cancer. Resolved during trial. Evens v. Amcord, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in a toxic tort trial for the development of an aggressive form of cancer. Resolved during trial. Fenstermaker v. Ace Hardware, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Global 500 manufacturer of building materials in a toxic tort trial for the development of an aggressive form of cancer alleged to have been caused from exposure to building products. Resolved during trial. Valdez v. Cameron Bros. Const. et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in a toxic tort trial for the development of a deadly form of cancer. Resolved during trial. Simpson v. Asbestos Defendants, et al.
    • Trial counsel for a Canadian valve manufacturer in a product liability lawsuit alleging lung cancer from exposure to valve components. Resolved during trial. Walton v. Alfa Laval, et al.
    • Trial counsel for U.S. valve manufacturer in a product liability trial for wrongful death from the development of a fatal form of cancer alleged to have been caused from exposure to valve components. Resolved during trial. Pelley v. Afton Pumps, et al.