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Ashlee Sawyer Gilson

Senior Associate
Northern Virginia

Ashlee Sawyer Gilson

Ashlee Sawyer Gilson advises clients on both buy-side and sell-side deals, stock and asset transactions, and private equity portfolio transactions. In addition to her role on deal teams, Ashlee frequently assists clients with corporate governance matters.

Ashlee counsels clients worldwide in a diverse range of industries with a focus on identifying business-oriented solutions for her clients. Her undergraduate degree in economics provides a framework for considering efficient solutions to complex transactional issues. Beginning with her experience as a summer associate at the firm, Ashlee has continued to develop expansive knowledge in the industries of aerospace, defense, and government services; technology, media, and telecommunications; manufacturing; and real estate, which allows her to craft creative approaches to the legal issues her clients face.

Ashlee leverages her experience clerking for the Honorable Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court and serving as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to add valuable insight regarding how a court might view today's deal in the future. While in law school at the University of Virginia, Ashlee served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Tax Review and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review, honing her drafting and organizational skills, which she now uses to manage deal teams of subject-matter and country-specific professionals in complex cross-border transactions.

Ashlee maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly advises clients on not-for-profit corporate governance matters. A significant portion of Ashlee's pro bono efforts have been devoted to representing global non-governmental organizations focused on international girls' and women's rights and education. Ashlee is a member of the Northern Virginia recruiting and summer associate committees and enjoys mentoring junior associates as they develop through their time at the firm.

Representative experience

Advised KBR, Inc., a global technology, engineering, procurement, and construction company, in its $US600m acquisition of Wyle Inc., a specialized government services provider.

Acquisition by KBR, Inc. of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., a leading professional, technical, and mission support service provider primarily to U.S. government agencies, from Honeywell International Inc.

Advised 21st Century Fox in the formation of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Fox and The National Geographic Society.

Advised MAXIMUS (NYSE: MMS) in its US$300m purchase of Acentia, a technology and management solution-provider to government and health agencies.

Advised Affinia Group in the separate sales of its global chassis and filtration businesses for total enterprise value of approximately US$1.5bn.

Advised broadcasters, including Fox Television Stations and Home Shopping Network, in television station acquisitions and dispositions.

Advised a senior housing company and its affiliates in financing and loan modification transactions and the disposition of its U.S. portfolio.

Advised a private equity portfolio company in general corporate matters and a strategic acquisition of a housewares manufacturer.

Advised a power generation company in the sale of its interests in a hydroelectric facility.

Advised a private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of a manufacturer and marketer of outdoor products and housewares.

Advised a wealth management firm in connection with its strategic combination with an SEC-registered investment advisory firm.

Advised several publicly traded real estate investment trusts in connection with at-the-market offerings and a short-form common shares offering.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List, The University of Chicago, 2008


  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
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