Ashley F.Heintz

Associate

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8978

Ashley Heintz concentrates her practice on securities litigation, shareholder disputes, and corporate governance matters and regularly counsels boards of directors and senior management in connection with governmental and internal investigations. She has significant experience handling securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative cases, SEC investigations and inquiries, and internal investigations relating to shareholder demands, whistleblower complaints, and corporate compliance.

Ashley recently defended Jarden in the highly publicized appraisal dispute in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Jarden Corporation) and second-chaired the defense of Flowers Foods and certain of its officers and directors in securities and derivative litigation. She is currently defending The Southern Company and certain of its officers and directors in securities and derivative litigation. Ashley has argued before the Eleventh Circuit, federal district courts, and Georgia state courts.

Ashley is active in the Atlanta community, where she serves as a member of the Atlanta Bar Association's Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee and The Lamar American Inn of Court. She serves as president-elect of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Junior Board and on the board of directors of the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. She co-founded and formerly served on the board of Make-A-Wish Georgia Atlanta Young Professionals, served on the board of Reading Is Essential For All People, and participated in The Columbus American Inn of Court and The Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. Ashley is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2018.

Experience

  • Flowers Foods resolves putative securities class actionsJones Day represented Flowers Foods, Inc. in two putative securities fraud class actions filed against Flowers and certain officers and directors.
  • Jarden defends appraisal lawsuits filed by investment fundsJones Day is representing Newell Brands subsidiary Jarden Corporation in connection with appraisal lawsuits filed by more than 15 separate investment funds (which collectively owned more than $630 million worth of Jarden shares) seeking a judicial appraisal of their former shares in Jarden.
  • HD Supply defeats appeal of Delaware lawsuit related to the sale of its Power Solutions business unitJones Day successfully defended HD Supply Holdings, Inc. in a putative class action brought in Delaware concerning the interpretation and administration of HD Supply's Omnibus Incentive Plan following the sale of HD Supply's Power Solutions business unit.
  • Newell Brands enters into settlement agreement with Starboard Value that ended Newell's ongoing proxy contest with StarboardJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its entry into a settlement agreement with activist shareholder Starboard Value LP that ended Newell’s ongoing proxy contest with Starboard.
  • The Southern Company defends putative securities class action alleging violations of Section 10(b)Jones Day is representing The Southern Company and its directors and certain of its current and former officers in connection with a putative class action alleging, among other things, violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • HD Supply defeats petition for leave to appeal lawsuit related to sale of its Power Solutions business unitJones Day successfully defended HD Supply Holdings, Inc. in a putative class action brought in Illinois concerning the interpretation and administration of HD Supply's Omnibus Incentive Plan following the sale of HD Supply's Power Solutions business unit.
  • Rayonier resolves lawsuit involving claimed misrepresentations regarding sustainabilityJones Day client Rayonier Inc. resolved a class action lawsuit in which plaintiffs alleged that Rayonier, a publicly-traded timber real estate investment trust, violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by misrepresenting the sustainability of its timber harvesting practices and overstating its merchantable timber inventory.
  • Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of CoreCivic defends series of shareholder derivative actionsJones Day is representing the Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of CoreCivic, a private prison operator, in a series of shareholder derivative actions that have been filed in state and federal court in Tennessee.
  • The Southern Company acquires AGL Resources for $12 billionJones Day advised The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) in connection with the acquisition and related financing of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) in a cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12 billion, including total equity value of approximately $8 billion.
  • Jones Day attorneys win jurisdictional maximum damages at trial for pro bono clients who endured series of devastating floodsFour Jones Day attorneys Ashley Heintz, Walt Davis, Laura Bunten, and Will Rooks volunteered to represent a mother and son, Bobbie and Tony Gamble, in a failure to repair and negligence case against two defendants—their former apartment complex’s owner and property manager.
  • Jones Day secures guardianship for unaccompanied minor from GuatemalaJones Day recently represented the older sister of a 17-year old girl who had emigrated from Guatemala to the United States fleeing hardship and violence.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 25, 2018
      Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Update: Understand New Rules, Standards, and Disclosure Requirements, Lorman Education Services
    • November 3, 2016
      The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure a Year Later: The Latest Decisions and Other Developments, Celesq AttorneysEd Center
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