DLA Piper has announced that Anthony Ashton, a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office, has been recognised by the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with the Champions of Justice award.
Ashton was recognised for his pro-bono service and commitment to advancing civil rights and social justice on behalf of the NAACP.
Kim Keenan, general counsel of the NAACP, presented him with the award on 15 July during the Clarence Mitchell Luncheon at the organisation’s 29th annual Continuing Legal Education seminar in Orlando, Florida.
Ashton serves as chair of DLA Piper’s African American/Black Affinity group and heads the Diversity & Inclusion committee for the firm’s Baltimore offices. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, which provides free or low-cost legal representation to Marylanders with limited income.
He is the chairman of the Board of Directors of St Frances Academy, the oldest Catholic school in the US, which is dedicated to the education of African Americans.
Ashton focuses his legal practice in the area of securities and business litigation. He represents individuals and local, national and multinational corporations in actions involving class actions, mass torts, consumer protection statutes, contract disputes, shareholders’ rights and fiduciary duties of officers and directors.