Ashley E. Shapiro


Ashley Shapiro


Ashley Shapiro concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and corporate compliance matters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. For over a decade, Ashley has successfully defended clients in state and federal criminal actions, regulatory investigations, and grand jury proceedings in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is experienced in counseling individuals and companies in various complex fraud cases, including health care, bankruptcy, and financial frauds, as well as criminal tax violations.  

Ashley has significant experience defending DUI/DWI matters, possession of controlled substances, theft, and other related charges in Philadelphia and New Jersey Municipal Courts. She is also an accomplished trial advocate with experience in multiple jurisdictions, and has presented numerous appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

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Representative Matters

  • United States v. M.R.; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA (2019) – Obtained a dismissal of all charges relating to the alleged improper filling of two out of date propane cylinders, in violation of DOT Hazardous Materials regulations, that resulted in a deadly explosion on a food truck in Philadelphia. The client pled guilty to two counts of regulatory violations involving the failure to properly train and document training of two employees at a U-Haul facility he managed in 2014. Despite the government’s efforts to obtain a period of incarceration, the defendant was sentenced to two years of probation, a small fine, and community service.

  • obtained an official pardon from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for a client who was arrested in 2013 and convicted of unlawful possession of a handgun. The client, a Pennsylvania business owner who had no prior criminal record, had been target shooting and inadvertently left his hunting rifles in his vehicle when driving in New Jersey. Ashley filed a Petition for Executive Clemency on the client’s behalf, and, following numerous phone calls, emails and in-person interviews, Gov. Christie granted the pardon, which is one of only 27 granted in his eight years in office

  • obtained an unprecedented furlough from FCI-Ft. Dix for a client to attend his son’s funeral

  • U.S. v. “M.V.”, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (2018) – Represented client CEO who was accused of embezzling more than $1 million from the company over the course of several years. Client faced advisory federal sentencing guidelines that called for a period of incarceration of 15 to 21 months, but received a sentence of 6 months

  • represented a national company’s employee who was charged with criminal trespass and mischief in New Jersey Municipal Court in connection with a job related incident. All charges were dismissed

  • Commonwealth v. J.W., Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (2014) – Successfully argued that Defendant’s sentence of 10-20 years should be vacated and a new trial should granted based on prior counsel’s ineffective representation

  • Commonwealth v. P.J., Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (2017) – Defended juvenile client accused of aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of weapon, and related charges. After extensive investigation, evidence that juvenile was misidentified was presented to the District Attorney’s Office, who dismissed all charges and agreed to an expungement of the juvenile’s record

  • Commonwealth v. R.B., Philadelphia County Municipal Court – Defended client charged with felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance and related misdemeanors. Successfully argued that the felony should be dismissed for lack of evidence at the preliminary hearing level. When listed for trial, the matter was dismissed for lack of prosecution

  • Commonwealth v. J.F., Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas - Defended client charged with Aggravated Assault by Vehicle DUI (F2), DUI, Simple Assault, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person involving a severe motor vehicle accident where the other driver had substantial injuries. Obtained a sentence of four years probation to misdemeanor charges

  • A.K. v. M.K., New Jersey Appellate Division –  Successfully advocated for Appellee in an extensive brief where the Appellant challenged the dismissal of a Temporary Restraining Order

  • State of New Jersey v. “M.G.” Hunterdon County Superior Court- Defended client accused of Endangering the Welfare of a Child for driving while under the influence with a minor in the vehicle. Client was placed into a diversionary program known as PTI which will result in the dismissal of the criminal charge and expungement of the client’s record upon successful completion of the program 

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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • LL.M. Trial Advocacy, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • J.D., cum laude, Florida A & M University College of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Central Florida

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Camden County Bar Association

Upcoming Presentations

Recent Presentations

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Truth and Consequences of Motor Vehicle Offenses on the Other Side of the Bridge,” PACDL Talking Criminal Law at the Beach: PA and NJ Practice Nuances, Tips, and Pitfalls to Avoid Seminar
  • Panelist, The Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association special Earth Week-themed Panel Discussion
  • Presenter, “Summer Trouble at the Jersey Shore: How to Help Your Clients, Friends, and Family!” Stradley Ronon CLE Seminar 
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  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star – White-Collar Defense
  • New Jersey & Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star – Criminal Defense
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyers on the Fast Track

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