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Ashley R. Lynam
Philadelphia Office

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

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

Biography

Ashley R. Lynam is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department and specializes her practice in the firm’s Sexual Misconduct Liability and Title IX/Institutional Response Practice Groups. She handles the investigation and defense of claims for clients including high profile commercial organizations, 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. 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.

As a former senior rape prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and head of that office’s Human Trafficking Division, Ashley approaches each matter with sensitivity to the nuanced and correlated legal issues that arise in ever-changing 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 several suits to jury and have 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 also has extensive experience in rapid-response investigations for catastrophic and high-exposure losses as well as 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

  • Quoted in, “Montgomery McCracken Nabs Litigator For Liability Group,” Law360, November 20, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Statute of Limitations Issue in Child Sexual Abuse Case: Rice v. Dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, November 2020
  • COVID Fraud Alert: “How to Set a Fire” Searches Predict Surge in SIU Claims, July 2020
  • Title IX Litigation Alert: 18 States Sue Department of Education, August 2020

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Coping with Stress in 2020: A Conversation with Experts,” Villanova Law Alumni Association, November 2020
  • Defending Sexual Abuse Claims: A Multi-State Overview of Legislative Endeavors and Anticipated Changes Post-Election
  • Fraud Peddling & the Pandemic: Trends in Medical Provider & Claim-Based Fraud, PACIA, October 2020
  • Making History & Moving Forward: What Bostock Means for You, Your Company, & Inclusivity in the Workplace, Westlaw Legal Education Center, July 2020
  • Claim Handling & Fraud Concerns Post COVID 19, May 2020
  • Recent Changes to the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act & Other Sexual Misconduct Legislation, February 2020

Community Involvement

  • 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

 

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018-2020)

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