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Ashlee D. Riopka
Associate
PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS

Ashlee's Profile

Ashlee is an Associate at Maynard Cooper and focuses her practice on defending insurers, third-party administrators, plan administrators, plan sponsors, and employers in a variety of complex group insurance-related matters involving life, health, disability, and accidental death and dismemberment plans and coverages. Ashlee has extensive ERISA litigation experience and is well-versed in preemption, standard of review, scope of discovery, and ERISA remedy issues. Ashlee’s practice is also defending insurers in life and disability bad faith matters. She has defended health care and insurance clients in individual and class actions nationwide, and has significant experience coordinating and managing large-scale electronic discovery productions.

In addition to her law practice, Ashlee is a member of Maynard Cooper’s Women’s Initiative Committee in which she serves as co-chair of the Women’s Forum, and coordinates internal programming focused on the retention, development, and promotion of the Firm’s female lawyers.

Ashlee received her J.D. cum laude from the University Of Alabama School Of Law and holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Auburn University.

In recognition of her achievements, Ashlee earned Best Lawyer’s 2021 “Ones to Watch” recognition in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Insurance Law.

Ashlee's Experience

  • Crump v. Aetna, No. 1:19-CV-109-SA-DAS, 2020 WL 6265072 (N.D. Miss. Oct. 23, 2020)
  • Smith v. Hartford, No. 4:20-CV-00041-CLM, 2020 WL 4815143 (N.D. Ala. Aug. 19, 2020)
  • Smith v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. CV 5:19-061-DCR, 2020 WL 4355068 (E.D. Ky. July 29, 2020)
  • Crites v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., No. 4:19-CV-00098-KGB, 2020 WL 2616578 (E.D. Ark. May 21, 2020)
  • Long v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 404 F. Supp. 3d 1012, 1021 (N.D. Tex. 2019)

Ashlee's Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Insurance Law (2021)

Ashlee's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • Alabama Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Federal Court Practice Section, and Women’s Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association

Civic Involvement

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Junior Board, Alabama Chapter; Secretary
  • Crisis Center Inc. Junior Board; Executive Committee, Finance Chair
  • Birmingham Bar Association Scholarship Committee
CONTACT
T 205.254.1194
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Assistant
Peggy Jones
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
EDUCATION

University of Alabama School of Law (2013, J.D., cum laude; Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, Junior Editor; Campbell Moot Court Board; Criminal Law Moot Court Team; Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society)

Auburn University (2009, B.A., summa cum laude; Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipient; Department of English Undergraduate Award; Auburn Board of Trustees Scholarship)

October 28, 2020
Ted Holt and Ashlee Riopka Elrod Present to CEFLI
August 20, 2020
168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide...
October 25, 2018
Maynard Cooper Named to BTI’s 2019 “37 Law Firms Most Feared in Litigation"
Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale’s ability to make their opponents either stop or change what they are doing resulted in Maynard Cooper being named in BTI Consulting Group's “37 Law Firms Most Feared in Litigation.” BT...
January 26, 2017
EQUAL PROTECTION FALLING THROUGH THE CRACK: A CRITIQUE OF THE CRACK-TO-POWDER SENTENCING DISPARITY
March 29, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE EARNS HIGH RANKINGS IN THE 2018 CHAMBERS USA, AMERICA’S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the Firm and many of its attorneys have earned distinguished rankings in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the highly respected referral directory of the...