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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2016

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown’s practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and other business transactions, with a particular focus in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries. Ashley also has experience representing family-owned businesses, startups, and emerging growth companies in a variety of corporate matters, including formations, corporate governance, strategic growth investments, and general commercial matters.

Representative Experience

Field Roast Grain Meat Company

Conversion of a corporation to a social purpose corporation. (Ongoing)

Acquisition for Microsoft

Represented Microsoft in the acquisition of Deis, a business focused on building and contributing open source technologies for developers and operators to build and run applications. (2017)

Acquisition for PSC Consulting

Represented global provider of solutions and support to the electricity industry in the acquisition of an engineering firm. (2017)

Acquisition of fast-casual sandwich restaurant group

Represented fast-casual restaurant group in its majority-interest acquisition by a private equity fund. (2017)

Castanea Partners

Served as co-counsel representing Castanea Partners in majority-stake investment in The Bruery. (2017)

Private equity investment for fast-casual pizza restaurant

Represented a high-growth, fast-casual pizza restaurant company in private equity investment with secondary liquidity. (2017)

Project development

Negotiation and documentation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts for electricity generating project in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Texas. (2017)

Restructuring and private equity investment for fast-casual restaurant

Represented a fast-casual restaurant business in its corporate restructuring and related private equity fund. (2017)

Sale of energy services company

Represented U.S. Gas & Electric Inc., a leading U.S. energy retailer, in connection with its $172.5 million acquisition by Crius Energy Trust. At the time of its acquisition, USG&E served approximately 375,000 residential customers in 62 utility markets, including the District of Columbia and the following 11 states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. (2017)

Joint venture for Sonic Healthcare

Joint venture with health system to build lab facility. (2016)

Additional Qualifications

  • Rule 9 Intern, University of Washington Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Seattle, 2015-2016
  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, 2015
  • Law Clerk, Federal Trade Commission, Seattle, 2014
  • Summer Fellow, T-Mobile USA Inc., Seattle, 2014
  • Paralegal Assistant, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Seattle, 2012-2013
  • Legal Assistant, Parenting Evaluator Laurie Olson Gaines, MSW, Bellevue, Wash., 2010-2011

Professional & Community Activities

  • Lead Intern, Girl Power Hour, 2010-2011