Amy L. Piccola

Amy L. Piccola

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-8405
Fax: (215) 972-1871

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Amy L. Piccola

Partner

Amy Piccola advises institutions of higher education on matters involving issues of compliance, policy and liability, particularly with regard to student conduct matters, Title IX and other civil rights and discrimination statutes, and the Clery Act. Her experience includes handling litigation, responding to U.S. Department of Education and OCR investigations and complaints, and conducting internal fact-finding investigations and audits on behalf of colleges and universities. Amy also provides proactive assistance, including drafting student codes of conduct, handbooks and policies on issues ranging from sexual harassment and hazing to cyberbullying and program and department operations. In addition, Amy provides on-campus training to administrators, judicial boards, and others in university and college communities regarding implementation of these policies, as well as on compliance with civil rights laws and the Clery Act.

Beyond these issues, Amy advises higher education clients on the developing trend of esports on campus. Her experience includes reviewing esports league participation agreements, advising institutions on participation in esports tournaments, spotting legal risks, and working through the mechanics of launching collegiate esports programs.

Amy's knowledge of risk management also stems from her experience representing insurers and reinsurers in matters related to bad faith, failure to pay and breach of contract.

In addition to her bar admission in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Amy is barred in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Experience

Higher education
Representing a major public university in investigating and responding to preliminary findings made by the U.S. Department of Education as to the university's alleged violations of the Clery Act.
Representing several institutions responding to an Office of Civil Rights compliance reviews and single-issue complaints.
Assisting two large public universities in proactively auditing policies and procedures for compliance with Title IX, VAWA and the Clery Act.
Providing onsite training sessions on Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act compliance for several universities and colleges.
Advising multiple institutions on regulatory interpretation questions and revising handbooks, policies and and compliance programs to adopt agency findings, to adhere to relevant regulations, and to incorporate industry best practices.
Serving as a fact investigator in response to student, faculty and employee complaints of misconduct.
Insurance
Representing multiple insurers in statutory bad faith actions.
Defending an insurer in a purported class action for alleged failure to pay statutory personal injury protection ("PIP") benefits.
Representing a reinsurer in a breach of contract action pursuant to multiple retrocessional agreements.
Representing cedents in arbitration matters involving issues of coverage, notice, waiver, prejudice, the duty of utmost good faith, good-faith settlement payments and applicability of follow the fortunes.
Representing numerous insurance carriers in coverage disputes with their insureds.
Analyzing existing and potential coverage issues.

Thought Leadership

Credentials and Accolades

Memberships and Affiliations

National Association of College and University Attorneys

University Risk Management and Insurance Association

DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Education

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2008, magna cum laude

  • Managing Editor of Symposium, Villanova Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

B.A., Muhlenberg College, 2005, summa cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of Omega

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Hiring Partner

Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Hiring Partner Liaison

Amy Piccola advises institutions of higher education on matters involving issues of compliance, policy and liability, particularly with regard to student conduct matters, Title IX and other civil rights and discrimination statutes, and the Clery Act. Her experience includes handling litigation, responding to U.S. Department of Education and OCR investigations and complaints, and conducting internal fact-finding investigations and audits on behalf of colleges and universities. Amy also provides proactive assistance, including drafting student codes of conduct, handbooks and policies on issues ranging from sexual harassment and hazing to cyberbullying and program and department operations. In addition, Amy provides on-campus training to administrators, judicial boards, and others in university and college communities regarding implementation of these policies, as well as on compliance with civil rights laws and the Clery Act.

Beyond these issues, Amy advises higher education clients on the developing trend of esports on campus. Her experience includes reviewing esports league participation agreements, advising institutions on participation in esports tournaments, spotting legal risks, and working through the mechanics of launching collegiate esports programs.

Amy's knowledge of risk management also stems from her experience representing insurers and reinsurers in matters related to bad faith, failure to pay and breach of contract.

In addition to her bar admission in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Amy is barred in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.