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Ashley Belleau is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard.
What Ashley loves about her practice is that she helps bring her clients peace of mind by minimizing their legal and business risk exposure in operating their businesses. With the assistance of her team of associates and partners, she crafts individual solutions and keeps clients informed so that they can make their decisions. Ashley knows how a business operates from the inside out since she has been a business owner herself since 1988. First as the owner of a publishing company, and then an owner and managing partner of a law firm, she understands the need to be efficient in the management and marketing of the business and how to address the employee and financial aspects of the business. Ashley works with business owners and entrepreneurs assisting them with every aspect of the business from inception through growth and development to, when necessary, dissolution. She assists her clients in obtaining financing, provides on-going business advice, represents clients during litigation, and counsels them through the dissolution of the business. Ashley also consults with individuals on how to protect their personal assets through estate and trust vehicles.
Selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation, Ashley advises businesses, financial institutions, and individuals concerning bankruptcies, class actions, contracts, construction, environmental issues, fidelity, surety and financial institution bonds, insurance, professional malpractice, real estate, corporate, and estate matters. She also mediates and arbitrates business disputes. For more than a decade, Ashley has served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for FINRA, f/k/a National Association of Securities Dealers Regulation, Inc. (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). From 2006 to 2007, she served as a member of the Panel of Mediators for the Louisiana Department of Insurance Hurricane Mediation Program Administered by American Arbitration Association (AAA) mediating over 350 hurricane wind damage disputes between homeowners and insurance companies. Ashley also serves as a member of the AAA Construction Panel and the Commercial Panel.
In addition, Ashley was selected for inclusion in the 2011 Inaugural Edition of the Martindale Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, an honor reserved excessively for less than five percent (5%) of women lawyers who are rated AV® Preeminent Women™. She has been elected for inclusion in subsequent editions.
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Ashley received her B.A. from Newcomb College and her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. Upon graduating from Tulane University School of Law, she clerked in the Eastern District of Louisiana for Judge Henry A. Mentz, Jr. (now deceased) and was awarded the Eastern District of Louisiana Distinguished Service Award.
Ashley served as the 83rd National President of the Federal Bar Association for 2010-2011. Prior to being elected President, she served as the FBA’s General Counsel. Ashley is currently serving as the FBA Delegate to the American Bar Association.