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Reed Smith LLP

Los Angeles

Ashley Jordan represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in complex insurance claims disputes. She has recovered more than $150 million in insurance proceeds for her clients through strategic negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and handled billions in insurance claims.


What’s a lasting effect of the pandemic on the way you work?

Virtual meetings with clients. Zoom and Teams meetings certainly seem to be outlasting the pandemic, and with corporate counsel facing ever-increasing pressures on their time, some clients just prefer the convenience of virtual meetings.


What’s a problem that needs fixing in your sector?

Inclusivity at the highest rank and, to that end, bringing a business planning and career advancement emphasis to our women’s focused initiative. That’s something I’m proud to be championing and leading at Reed Smith in my role as co-chair of my office’s Women’s Initiative Network.


What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?

Young people’s eyes tend to glaze over if you just say you’re an insurance lawyer. But when you give color, giving examples of cases we handle, it tends to pique interest.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m a third-generation lawyer, so entry into the legal field was a natural choice. Now, becoming an insurance attorney was never on my radar during law school, but an on-campus interview during my third year of law school convinced me to go into the insurance field. The firm’s partners made insurance recovery litigation sound like really cutting-edge, important work, and it turns out that it was, and still is.


Favorite song?

My wedding song, which is “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban.