Ashley M. Boulton

Partner

Clients facing a broad range of legal challenges rely on Ashley Boulton’s practical-minded approach to achieve effective results.

Ashley represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, with a primary focus on general business and food and agriculture litigation. She has significant experience managing all phases of litigation from intake through trial, including preparation of pleadings, discovery, pre-trial motion practice, trial preparation, and trial. Beyond trial, Ashley has appellate experience in both state and federal court.

With an eye toward cost-effective solutions, Ashley also regularly counsels clients on remedies available pre-litigation and assists them in navigating the complex state and federal statutes and regulations facing their businesses. Ashley’s breadth of experience has well-positioned her to implement creative approaches in order to obtain the results her clients seek.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Napa Valley Grapegrowers, 2020-present
  • Sacramento Literacy Foundation (formerly Sacramento Public Library Foundation), Board of Directors, 2015-2020; Board Governance Committee Co-Chair, 2018; Walk4Literacy Planning Committee, 2016
  • McGeorge Moot Court Program, Volunteer Judge, 2014-2018
  • Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group, Mentorship Forums, Participant, 2017
  • C.K. McClatchy Law & Public Policy Academy, Senior Project Advisors Program, Co-Chair, 2015-2016
  • Florin High School Law Academy, 2013-2014
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Law Section, 2015-present
  • California Lawyers Association, Litigation and Business Law Sections
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 2013-present
  • McGeorge Law Review, Former Comment and Legislative Staff Member
  • McGeorge Law Review, Former Primary Managing Editor and Primary Articles and Symposium Editor

Honors & Rankings

  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2019
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Food & Agriculture Law, 2021
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of Barristers

Representative Civil Litigation Experience

  • Second-chaired six-day jury trial in state court involving claims of misrepresentation resulting in unanimous defense verdict in favor of our national corporate client.
  • Second-chaired bench trial on breach of contract claims resulting in favorable settlement in favor of our landowner client following successful motion for judgment after plaintiffs’ presentation of their case.
  • Second-chaired punitive damages phase of trial in a matter involving the transfer of real property following a finding of liability under representation by clients’ former counsel based upon a theory of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. Appeal is currently pending.
  • Successfully defended financial advisor clients against claims for breach of contract related to sale of financial advisory practice. Case settled favorably following successful opposition to application for writ of attachment and early mediation.
  • Assisted in representation of shareholders in shareholder dispute related to buy-out provision in stock agreement. Case settled favorably following mediation.
  • Assisted in representation of property tenant in cost recovery litigation involving dry cleaning solvent contamination in soil and groundwater. Case settled favorably following mediation.

Representative Food and Agriculture Experience

  • Assisted in representation of multiple grower plaintiffs in coordinated action involving claims resulting from widespread herbicide drift event in the Delta. Cases settled favorably just before trial.
  • In two separate cases, assisted in representation of agricultural landowners against large-scale enforcement actions by the United States under the Clean Water Act for alleged destruction of wetlands. Assisted in the negotiation of favorable consent decrees in both matters.
  • Represented multiple wine grape growers in recovery of payments from wineries under grape purchase agreements.

Announcements

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Speaking Engagements / Events

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Publications

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  • December 2013
    Environmental Regulation Update
    California Grocers Magazine
  • October 2013
    Food and Drug Administration Proposes New Rules for Agricultural Water
    California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 24, Number 1
  • September 2014
    The Food Safety Modernization Act: Impact on Food Importation
    California Grocer, Issue 4
  • January 2012
    Old Habits Die Hard: Reforming the Learned Intermediary Doctrine in the Era of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising
    43 MCGEORGE L. REV. 433 (2012)

As a Board Member for the Sacramento Public Library Foundation, Ashley is well aware of the literacy crisis impacting Sacramento. Her time working as a mentor with the Florin High School Law Academy introduced her to a variety of students, many of whom lack access to resources or institutions that prioritize early literacy. Ashley recognizes that children’s literacy is an issue that crosses socioeconomic boundaries and can bring members of the Sacramento community together. After participating in the first annual Walk4Literacy, Ashley was inspired to become more involved with the Foundation. Ashley’s experience as a Board Member has allowed her to join in the Foundation’s efforts to enhance and serve the Sacramento community, particularly in the arena of literacy, by provide resources and services to many who would otherwise not have access.

In addition to her work with the Foundation, Ashley also enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it be hiking with her dog or biking along the American River.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Napa Valley Grapegrowers, 2020-present
  • Sacramento Literacy Foundation (formerly Sacramento Public Library Foundation), Board of Directors, 2015-2020; Board Governance Committee Co-Chair, 2018; Walk4Literacy Planning Committee, 2016
  • McGeorge Moot Court Program, Volunteer Judge, 2014-2018
  • Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group, Mentorship Forums, Participant, 2017
  • C.K. McClatchy Law & Public Policy Academy, Senior Project Advisors Program, Co-Chair, 2015-2016
  • Florin High School Law Academy, 2013-2014
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Law Section, 2015-present
  • California Lawyers Association, Litigation and Business Law Sections
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 2013-present
  • McGeorge Law Review, Former Comment and Legislative Staff Member
  • McGeorge Law Review, Former Primary Managing Editor and Primary Articles and Symposium Editor

Honors & Rankings

  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2019
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Food & Agriculture Law, 2021
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of Barristers