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.