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Ashley Elizabeth Philen

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at New Iberia, LA

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About Ashley

Learn Ashley’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Environmental and natural resources
    47%
    Contamination on private property caused by oil, gas or pipelines operations.

    13 years, 76 cases

  2. Litigation
    33%
    Federal and State Court.

    16 years

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    Wrongful death and serious injury.

Ashley E. Philen was nominated and named as one of Louisiana’s “Top 40 Under 40” Attorneys, by the National Trial Lawyers, beginning in 2013. The Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state who are younger than the age of 40. Membership is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40.

Ashley received her B.S. degree in 2001 from Louisiana State University and her J.D. degree in 2007 from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, where she made Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. Ashley was also elected Marshal, and later elected Justice (President) of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Tureaud Chapter - a position that she held in high regard. The purpose and goals of this organization encourage us all to serve the greater good.

“The purpose of this fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.”

(Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International’s Declaration of Purpose).

While in law school, Ashley studied abroad at London City University taking courses in International Public Law and International Criminal Law.

Ashley became a practicing member of the Louisiana Bar in 2007, and began working on the historic lawsuit, Robinson v. United States. This was the lawsuit filed in federal court Eastern District of Louisiana brought by the citizens of New Orleans against the United States Army Corps of Engineers for damages caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet during Hurricane Katrina. And, in 2009, she started her own law practice, focusing on environmental law and advocating for Louisiana, its citizens and its environment.

Through a joint venture with Simien & Simien, LLC, in 2010, Ashley became of counsel with a firm in Lake Charles, where she continued to represent landowners in state and federal court, whose property had been damaged by oil, gas and pipeline companies’ operations.

And 2012, she became part of another historic lawsuit Southeastern Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline, et al. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana and alleges that more than ninety defendants compromised the integrity of Louisiana’s coastal lands, whose activities tied to hundreds of wells and pipelines, heighten the risk of storm surge and flooding associated with hurricanes in the region.

Ashley is licensed to practice in Louisiana and has been admitted to practice in the United States Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, as well as, the Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Justice, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, The National Trial Lawyers Environmental Trial Lawyers Association, and National Women Trial Lawyers Association.

Since 2013, Ashley has continuously received an annual award for “Top Lawyers in Louisiana – Highest in Ethics Standards & Professional Excellence,” as well as the Martindale-Hubbell “Client Distinction Award.” The Client Distinction Award is a distinction of honor based on her Client Review Ratings of 5.0 out 5.0.

 Client Review Comments on Martindale-Hubbell:

Posted by a Private Individual on 06/21/11

I have used the attorney services of Ashley Philen several times for myself and family members. I've found her to be honest, hard-working, conscientious and extremely knowledgable of the Law. She goes the extra mile for her clients and excels at what she does. She's definitely an attorney you want on your side. I would certainly recommend her to anyone needing the expertise of a smart and skilled attorney.

Posted by a Private Individual on 06/17/11

Ashley is very knowledgeable of the law and takes pride in her work. She has a speedy response time and keeps me up to date as issues arise. She communicates well and explains issues and makes sure I understand them. She is a very confident, energetic, dependable and trust worthy attorney!!!!

Posted by a Private Individual on 06/14/11

My husband and I hired Ashley E. Philen to represent us against companies that have leased our land for mineral rights. Oil, saltwater, etc. These companies did not fulfil their lease contract and she has been a godsend to us against this. She is very informative, quick to answer all our questions. If she doesn't know the answer she will research or find someone who does. She also responds quickly and professionally. I would highly recommend Ashley E. Philen to anyone.

 

Licensed for 15 years
State LA
Status Eligible to Practice Law
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Ashley

Law Offices of Ashley E. Philen
210 Lucerne Drive
New Iberia, LA, 70563

Reviews

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Posted by Brenda | October 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Ashley not only goes above and beyond, but also puts you at ease. She talks to you in terms any normal person would understand and does not use all the lawyer talk that makes you feel intimidated. I have used Ashley many times since our first meeting and will continue to do so. I highly recommend her and would not hesitate to refer her to anyone. And, from my own personal experiences, I have never met anyone more informed, competent or capable of handling any situation where legal matters are concerned.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Simien & Simien, LLC
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Louisiana State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • Southern University Law Center
  • JD
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • In Re Katrina Canal Breaches Consol. Litigation
  • U.S. not liable for damages caused by MRGO under FTCA

Associations

  • The National Trial Lawyers Environmental Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Women Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Mass Torts Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Louisiana Association of Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National League of Renowned Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Highest in Ethics Standards & Professional Excellence
  • Top Lawyers In Louisiana
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Recognition as One of the Top Attorneys in the Nation
  • Martindale Worldwide Registry
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
Endorse Ashley
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Somehow simply endorsing Ms. Philen does not seem strong enough. She is an EXCEPTIONAL attorney, and her attention to detail is uncanny. You can rest assured that when Ms. Philen puts her name on something, it's done correctly. I highly recommend this attorney to anyone who wants the job done right."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Philen is a well respected attorney. Her work in environmental law is highly regarded."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ashley is a highly respected attorney know for her honestly and work ethic. I recommend her services."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Philen is an exception attorney and an asset to her firm. I highly recommended and endorse her services."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ashley is a highly skilled litigator and a strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom. Recommended!"
Litigation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ashley is an exceptional attorney that is highly respected by her peers within the legal community."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ashley is a knowledgeable attorney that genuinely cares for her clients. I highly recommend her services."
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New Iberia Environmental and natural resources Lawyer Ashley Elizabeth Philen
Ashley Elizabeth Philen
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
New Iberia, LA
Licensed for 15 years
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