Ashley R. Lynam


Ashley R. Lynam is co-chair of Montgomery McCracken and a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Hiring Committee. Additionally, she serves as the firm’s co-trustee of the U.S. Law Firm Group. Ashley is as a trusted advisor and entrepreneurial advocate for her clients ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. She handles all aspects of litigation across the full range of corporate and contract disputes, as well as antitrust and trade secret counseling, personal injury disputes, executive compensation counseling and catastrophic event response. She has successfully first-chaired trials in all such areas.

Known for her ability to creatively advocate, Ashley has handled the investigation, prosecution and defense of claims for clients including high profile commercial organizations, publicly-traded companies, sports teams, startups, technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, homeowners, hotels, educational institutions, charitable and social services organizations and more.

Chair of the Firm’s Sexual Misconduct Liability Practice Group, Ashley approaches each matter with sensitivity to the nuanced and correlated legal issues that arise in ever-changing corporate, employment and educational environments. She is well-known for vigorously protecting her client’s confidentiality while nevertheless providing aggressive representation, given the sensitive nature of sexual misconduct claims. In addition to trying dozens of jury and bench trials, Ashley has also obtained successful resolutions via summary judgment and other motions, all while managing her client’s important privacy, public interest and policy concerns throughout litigation and resolution.

Ashley has considerable experience in the analysis, implementation and evaluation of written sexual assault and molestation policies and procedures, as well as the proactive investigation of alleged sexual assault and representation of corporate representatives, current and former employees and independent contractors, and other witnesses for deposition and trial. She also provides wrap-around crisis management services to clients in the public, private, college and university setting, specializing in VAWA and Clery Act compliance as well as investigating, adjudicating, and advisory services under Title IX and student conduct policies. Ashley is certified by the SUNY Student Conduct Institute.

Ashley graduated summa cum laude as a business major from Villanova University and cum laude from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board. Ashley began her career as a rape prosecutor at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She is currently a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, which serves to steer the business decisions of the Firm’s future. Ashley lives in Berwyn with her husband, Shane, their two daughters, Lilly and Violet, and dog, Dominic. She never misses a Villanova basketball game.

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Selected Speaking Engagements
Selected Publications
Honors & Awards
  • Selected to the Legal Intelligencer’s Lawyers on the Fast Track award in 2023. This award is issued by ALM and a description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Honoree, Top 100 Women in Law, Women We Admire Magazine, 2021
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star list in 2018-2021. This list is issued by Thomson Reuters and a description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Professional Activities
  • Member, The Forum of Executive Women
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors Member, Treasurer, Upper Main Line YMCA
  • Board of Advisors Member, The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia
  • Board Member, Villanova Law Alumni Association
  • Executive Board Member, Villanova’s Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Law School

  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Undergraduate School

  • Villanova University