Ashley R. Lynam
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7410
F: 215-772-7620


Ashley R. Lynam is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department, Chair of the firm’s Sexual Misconduct Liability Practice Group and Institutional Response Practice Group, Co-Chair of the Higher Education Practice Group and Digital Crisis Management Practice Group, and a member of the Management Committee. She handles the investigation and defense of claims for clients including high profile commercial organizations, publicly-traded companies, sports teams, homeowners, hotels, educational institutions, charitable and social services organizations and more. These claims often involve third party criminal acts, children and the elderly and other complicated areas that require precision and skill to successfully navigate, advise upon and defend.

As a former rape prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, 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 an aggressive defense, given the sensitive nature of sexual misconduct claims. Ashley has tried dozens of suits to jury and 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 also has extensive experience in rapid-response investigations for catastrophic and high-exposure losses and commercial disputes, including intensive special investigations of fraudulent claims and misconduct. Combining her law enforcement background with increasing use of technology, data, and analytics, she has helped identify and combat questionable claims through the identifications of patterns of fraudulent conduct and networks. Ashley conducts first-party investigations including examinations under oath and coverage opinions for claims involving PIP, fire and casualty losses, premises liability, multi-jurisdictional rate evasion, suspected arsons, thefts, and personal articles policy claims. She also investigates suspected medical provider fraud, attorney solicitation, and unreasonable and abusive billing procedures in third-party investigations and litigation. Ashley works closely with both local and national fraud-fighting agencies, including the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), and local and federal law enforcement authorities to offer collaborative and comprehensive services to her clients.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Treasurer, Upper Main Line YMCA
  • Executive Board Member, Villanova’s Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Advisory Board Member, Villanova’s Alumni Association
  • Board Member, The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia
  • Coach, Villanova Law’s Moot Court Board

Honors & Awards

  • Top 100 Women in Law, Women We Admire Magazine, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018-2021

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Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Academic Achievements

  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
    • Chair, Moot Court Board
  • Villanova University (B.A., summa cum laude)
    • President, nationally ranked mock trial team