J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, Ranked in Top 5%, Order of the Coif

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology with a Minor in Global Studies, Cum Laude

Cornell University, Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, July 2020

NACUA Title IX Coordinator Certificate

NASPA Title IX Coordinator Track Certificate

NASPA Informal Resolution Certificate

T9 Mastered Title IX Essentials Including Unconscious Bias & Trauma Informed Approaches

National Association of College and University Attorneys

California Council of School Attorneys

Council of School Attorneys

California, # 278030

Fresno State Title IX Task Force (2022)

Ashley N. Emerzian, Esq.

Managing Shareholder


Ashley N. Emerzian is a founding shareholder of Emerzian Shankar Legal Inc., providing advisory business and employment law services and serving as general counsel to the firm’s school, business and non-profit clients.

For private sector business and non-profit clients, Ms. Emerzian aims to serve as a trusted advisor and long-term business partner. Ms. Emerzian emphasizes client goals and outside the box thinking to develop solutions to operational challenges. She regularly advises such clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws, including workplace complaint investigations, and consults regarding business and employment contracts, and policies and procedures.

For education sector clients, Ms. Emerzian is experienced at serving in the role of the institutions general counsel, and advises on student and employee complaint investigations, academic and non-academic employee discipline and due process rights, student conduct, and compliance with the federal education law compliance, including Title IX and the Higher Education Act. Ms. Emerzian assists education institutions with responding to labor union grievances and mediations, as well as unfair labor practice complaints. Ms. Emerzian is also an experienced negotiator and sits at the bargaining table on behalf of management advising on negotiations strategies, bargaining proposals and related media communications. Ms. Emerzian is trained in traditional negotiations strategies and is also certified in interest-based bargaining techniques. Additionally, Ms. Emerzian has extensive knowledge of CalSTRS and CalPERS laws, and their impact on administrator contracts and compensation.

Education & Career Experience

Ms. Emerzian graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Global Studies. During college, Ms. Emerzian served as a trained crisis counselor for UCLA Peer Helpline and worked as a research assistant at UCLA Medical Center. She also studied abroad in Spain and China.

Ms. Emerzian subsequently earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. Ashley graduated in the top 5% of her law school class and is an elected member of the prestigious Order of the Coif, which recognizes individuals who achieve a high degree of scholarship as law students. 

During law school, Ashley participated in the Moot Court and Trial Practice programs, received the UC Davis Public Interest Law Certificate and was honored with Witkin Awards for academic excellence in the areas of Property Law, Juvenile Law and Reproductive Health Law. Ms. Emerzian also served as a teaching assistant both at the law school and in the UC Davis undergraduate political science department. Ms. Emerzian also served as treasurer and fundraising chair for student organizations during law school. 

Once admitted to practice she began working as a business litigation associate at a local mid-size law firm. Thereafter, Ms. Emerzian transitioned to an advisory and transactional practice with a large state-wide law firm, where she served as labor, employment and general counsel for many schools and colleges. Ms. Emerzian was promoted to Senior Counsel at that firm before taking a unique opportunity to go in-house with a local family of companies. As an in-house attorney, Ms. Emerzian expanded her practice in the areas of private sector employment, business, and higher education law.

Awards & Recognition

For 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2021, Ms. Emerzian was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year less than two and a half percent of lawyers in California receive this designation.

Ms. Emerzian was also named as one of Fresno’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2018.

Community Connections

Born and raised in Fresno, Ms. Emerzian is a Bullard High School graduate. After college and law school, Ms. Emerzian returned home to be close to family. Ms. Emerzian is married to her husband Brian, also a Bullard graduate. They have two chihuahua pitbull twin puppies – Worf & Daxie – rescued from a local shelter.

Ms. Emerzian is driven to give back to her community and regularly volunteers her time to local causes and non-profit organizations.  

She is also a prolific speaker, and regularly presents on topics within her expertise to local and state-wide education and human resources organizations.