Ashley Walter is a business lawyer who specializes in advising technology and life sciences companies regarding strategy and compliance with respect to corporate social responsibility-related legal requirements. Ashley’s practice also includes representing clients before government agencies in connection with competition, national security, and other regulatory filings, as well as advising on a wide variety of corporate matters including formations, intellectual property and employment matters, venture capital financings, commercial arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.
As Chair of the CSR Strategy & Compliance Practice Group of Fenwick & West, Ashley provides value to clients by bringing to bear a firm grounding in corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues, sector-specific knowledge, a deep familiarity with current and proposed CSR-related legal requirements, a practical understanding of technology company supply chains, and significant experience in the design and implementation of responsibility management systems, such as CSR policies and standards. Ashley can also serve as a “social purpose counsel” by helping companies fully articulate corporate purpose in light of relevant legal requirements and integrate that purpose into legal operations and compliance systems.
Ashley is a founder and the current Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and has published and lectured on CSR, including at Stanford Law School, where he has taught the course "Corporate Social Responsibility." Clients that Ashley has advised with respect to CSR-related matters, both current and prior to working at Fenwick & West, include:
While in law school, Ashley was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance. He conducted climate change research in the U.S. and Denmark under Stanford Law School professor Thomas Heller, Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations’ High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, as part of Stanford Law School’s Climate Change Workshop. He also drafted the environmental sustainability proxy voting guidelines for the Stanford Management Company as a panel member of the Stanford University Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing and submitted a business plan that was named a finalist in a Stanford University campus-wide funding competition.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Ashley was a corporate attorney in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.