Amy L. Piccola
Amy Piccola represents clients facing complex commercial litigation particularly for the insurance and higher education industries. Her work for insurers and reinsurers includes matters related to bad faith, failure to pay, and breach of contract. She also collaborates with other insurance attorneys in the firm to keep the industry apprised of developments in the law of insurance bad faith claims through the publication of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s monthly Bad Faith Sentinel.
In addition to representing colleges and universities in litigation, Amy provides them with advice on issues of compliance, policy, and liability. She also provides counsel to higher education institutions during investigations, particularly those involving the Clery Act and Title IX.
Select representations include:
- 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.
- Representation of 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.
- Representation of the same university in responding to an Office of Civil Rights Title IX compliance review.
- 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 and Clery Act compliance for several universities and colleges.
- Advising multiple institutions on regulatory interpretation questions and on policy preparation and implementation.
On the pro bono front, Amy assists veterans in obtaining benefits from the Veterans' Administration. She has also represented multiple criminal defendants pursuant to Criminal Justice Act appointments.