Chief Operating Officer and Attorney
Ashley Liuzza joined Smith Stag in 2012. As an attorney at Smith Stag, Ashley’s practice centers on litigating complex environmental pollution claims, toxic exposure claims, and mineral royalty disputes. Ashley represents a variety of impacted residents, landowners, and mineral owners throughout Louisiana and other states. She is committed to helping her clients level the playing field against some of the largest corporations and names in the oil and gas industry.
Ashley served as the lead associate attorney on a case where she represented in excess of 250 residents impacted by industrial air pollution. Ashley also assisted in drafting an appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court that resulted in a landowner’s case being reinstated after the trial court and lower appeal court improperly dismissed the claims. In her practice, Ashley has taken or defended nearly two hundred depositions, including depositions of experts, corporate entities, state environmental agencies, fact witnesses, plaintiffs, and defendants, in both state and federal litigation.
In addition to her caseload, she has published and presented on topics within environmental law and unfair trade practices. She has also served on the board of the Association for Women Attorneys for several years, including as President of the organization in 2016.
During law school, Ashley served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Honorable Judge Ross P. LaDart of the 24th Judicial District Court for Jefferson Parish. As part of Loyola’s Moot Court program, Ashley was in the top four individuals for the intramural competition, served as an oralist for the Information, Technology, and Privacy Law team, and served as the Chairman of the Moot Court Board her final year. Ashley was also active in the Loyola Law Review, where she edited the works of numerous authors and published her own works.
Ashley was born and raised in St. Bernard Parish. She now resides in Uptown New Orleans and enjoys exploring the city, learning more about wine, and traveling with her husband, Christopher.
- Millsaps College, B.A.
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
- American Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Association for Women Attorneys, 2015-2016 President
- Louisiana Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers
- National Association of Royalty Owners
- Cheramie Services v. Shell: Private Actions Under the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act-Where Do We Stand?, 57 Loyola Law Review 207 (2011).
- Buyer Beware: How Purchasers are Left Holding the Bag When it Comes to Property Damages Under the Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine, 58 Loyola Law Review 375 (2011).
- Eagle Pipe Could Affect Clients in a Variety of Practice Areas, Louisiana Advocates, April 2016.
Honors and Awards:
- Selected for Rising Star Super Lawyers, 2017
- President of the Association for Women Attorneys, 2015-2016
- Loyola Law Review
- Loyola Moot Court, Chairman 2011-2012
- Order of the Barristers
- Law Excellence Awards for the highest grades in Civil Law Property II, Pretrial Practice, and Successions