Jurgita is co-chair of the firm’s Public Companies group and co-chair of The ESG Collaborative. She focuses her practice on capital markets transactions and SEC compliance, board, ESG and corporate governance matters, and shareholder activism and takeovers.

Jurgita advises public companies, ranging from Fortune 500 to emerging and smaller public companies, as well as hedge funds and activist shareholders. She brings considerable SEC, governance and shareholder activism expertise and has completed numerous securities offerings, with gross proceeds in excess of billions of dollars. Jurgita is committed to providing exceptional client service.

Jurgita is also a partner in the firm’s Takeovers and Shareholder Activism group, which has been listed by Activist Insight Monthly, The Activist Investor, and Thomson Reuters as a leading group in the representation of activist shareholders. The Takeovers and Shareholder Activism group focuses on the representation of activist investors in the small cap market.

Early in her career, Jurgita served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as a legal drafting instructor at the University of Akron School of Law.

Jurgita is a frequent writer and speaker in the areas of securities law, corporate governance and shareholder activism and has been featured in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Directors & Boards, Law360 and The Corporate Governance Advisor. She is the editor of the firm’s quarterly newsletter for public company clients. Her Twitter account is Jurgita Ashley @PublicCoLawyer.

Jurgita has been regularly included in Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, a listing of the top 2.5 percent of Ohio lawyers.


Securities and Capital Markets

  • Advises on investments in public companies
  • Participates as company or underwriter counsel in equity and debt securities offerings, including initial public offerings, other going public transactions, follow-on public offerings, PIPEs, "equity line" transactions, Rule 144A offerings, "baby bond" and preferred stock offerings, tender offers, other exchange and repurchase transactions, and registrations with the SEC
  • Advises public companies on the possibility of “going dark” and “going private”
  • Prepares and/or reviews periodic reports, proxy and written consent solicitation statements, registration statements on Forms 10, 8-A, S-1, S-3, S-4 and S-8, Forms SD (conflict minerals), Section 16 filings, Forms 144, Schedules 13D/13G and other SEC filings made by public companies and their officers, directors and shareholders
  • Provides guidance on public disclosure, investor relations, and compliance issues related to SEC, NYSE, NYSE American, NASDAQ and FINRA/OTC rules and regulations, and responses to SEC and stock exchange comment letters
  • Advises companies in navigating financial restatements
  • Assists with implementation of Rule 10b-18 and 10b5-1 stock repurchase programs and private repurchase transactions
  • Advises and assists affiliates of public companies with reporting requirements under Section 13(d) and Section 16 of the Exchange Act, avoiding liability under Section 16’s “short swing profit” rules, resales of restricted stock under Rule 144 of the Securities Act, and implementation of Rule 10b5-1 stock trading plans and has prepared hundreds of Rule 144 options
  • Provides guidance on insider trading issues
  • Reviews executive compensation disclosures in SEC filings
  • Assists with removal of restrictive legends on stock certificates and other stock-related matters
  • Assists with equity plan administration
  • Prepares stock exchange listing applications, advises regarding OTC listing, uplisting to stock exchange, and stock exchange changes, assists with plans to regain compliance with listing standards, and assists with responses to investigations, non-compliance notices and delistings
  • Participates as counsel in venture capital financings

Corporate Governance

  • Advises boards of directors, nominating and governance committees, general counsels and corporate secretaries regarding corporate governance matters, including director onboarding, board self-assessments, corporate governance documentation, and recommendations of ISS and other proxy advisory firms
  • Counsels and assists with the implementation of policies and procedures in response to new rules and regulations on corporate governance and executive compensation
  • Advises and assists with the development and implementation of ESG programs
  • Assists new public companies in developing and implementing corporate governance practices and procedures
  • Conducts and/or assists with annual and special meeting processes of public and private companies and advises on shareholder proposal matters
  • Provides corporate secretary services, supports and provides strategic advice to boards of directors and board committees regarding corporate governance issues, and advises regarding design, implementation and ongoing maintenance of a sustainable governance framework

Shareholder Activism and Takeover Matters

  • Provides advice to hedge funds, activist shareholders and companies on takeover matters, including Schedule 13D disclosures, proxy disclosures and solicitation issues, group formation issues, shareholder rights plans, exempt solicitations, and control share acquisitions
  • Counsels on waging or defending proxy contests, consent solicitations and other actions for obtaining corporate control
  • Prepares "proxy fight" letters and SEC documentation for proxy contests
  • Counsels on navigating SEC and "proxy plumbing" process and issues in proxy contests
  • Advises companies and shareholders on director nominations and environmental, social and governance (ESG) and other shareholder proposals
  • Serves as local counsel on takeover matters

Public Company Mergers & Acquisitions and Other Corporate Matters

  • Acquisition, disposition and merger transactions involving public companies, including merger proxy statements and special shareholder meetings
  • Service as Ohio local counsel on public company and other strategic transactions involving Ohio corporations
  • Company restructurings, holding company formations and recapitalization transactions, including stock splits, reverse stock splits and filings with FINRA
  • Company name and headquarters changes
  • Quarterly and special dividends 
  • Joint ventures
  • "Addressing Forced Labor Risk in Supply Chains," Thompson Hine Webinar, October 2021 
  • “ESG Internal Communication and External Disclosure: Tackle Them Before They Tackle You," Washington Legal Foundation Webinar, September 2021
  • “ESG Governance and Top Things in Investigations," presented to the Society for Corporate Governance, September 2021
  • “Nasdaq Listings, Listing Transfers & Uplistings,” Zippy Point,
    March 2021
  • “All You Need to Know About Proxy Advisor Reports (Correcting and More),” with Alliance Advisors, Zippy Point, December 2020
  • "A Look Inside the ESG Megatrends and What It Means for Companies," with Sustainable Governance Partners, presented to the Society for Corporate Governance, moderator, October 2020
  • "COVID-19 Impacts on Executive Compensation and Proxy Statement Developments," presented to the Society for Corporate Governance and NASPP, moderator, September 2020
  • "Women Governance Gurus," the corporatecounsel.net, July 2020
  • "Shareholder Activism and ESG Issues," with Alliance Advisors, September 2019
  • "Running Effective Shareholder Meeting," March 2019
  • "Proxy 101" with Alliance Advisors, January 2017
  • "Exchange Act Reporting," April 2015
  • "2013 Proxy Season and Annual Meeting," presented to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, January 2013
  • "The Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," January 2013
  • "The Impact of Federal Securities Laws on Social Media Communications," presented to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, March 2012
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Executive Leadership Program, 2019
  • Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list, 2013-2021
  • CALI Awards for highest achievement in Securities Regulation, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility; Ernest Karam Award for highest achievement in Contracts
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • The Society for Corporate Governance, Ohio Chapter, President, 2020 to present
  • The Society for Corporate Governance, 2011 to present; Small & Mid-Cap Companies Committee, 2013 to present; Corporate Governance Committee, 2014 to present; Sustainability Practices Committee, 2021 to present

Community Activities

  • Akron Law Review, Advisory Board, member, 2010 to 2016; Publication Panel, member, 2010 to 2016
  • HandsOn Northeast Ohio Volunteer, 2019