Senate Confirms Barry Ashe as Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
On August 28, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Barry Ashe as the newest judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New Orleans. The confirmation was approved by a voice vote, which means no senators objected, and he was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 20-1 vote in February 2018.
"Barry is an outstanding lawyer and colleague. His intellect, professionalism and humor will be missed as he takes the next step in his legal career. On behalf of Stone Pigman, I wish him the best and look forward to seeing all that he accomplishes for the U.S. District Court," said Michael Walshe, Chair of the firm's Management Committee.
Judge Ashe joined Stone Pigman in 1985, has been with the firm throughout his entire legal career and is the former Chair of the firm's Management Committee and Appellate Practice Group. He has served as lead counsel on numerous litigation matters, including complex corporate disputes, products liability, intellectual property and property ownership.
In the larger legal community, Judge Ashe has represented the firm as the Circuit Vice President for the Fifth Circuit of the Federal Bar Association, President of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Appellate Practice Advisory Commission and Chair of the Louisiana Bar Foundation Education Committee.
Stone Pigman has a long history of its lawyers becoming federal court judges. Founding firm member John Minor Wisdom was a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Fifth Circuit building is named after him. Judge Sarah Vance, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Judge Douglas Dodd, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, are also former members of the firm.