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Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1990
  • B.A., La Salle University, maxima cum laude, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

National Association of Women Lawyers

Risk and Insurance Management Society

Joann M. Lytle

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    F: 215.988.4328

Recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the field of insurance coverage, Joann Lytle represents corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. She has recovered millions of dollars in insurance assets for a wide range of companies, including those in the manufacturing, food services, banking and natural resources industries. She has handled disputes involving commercial general liability, umbrella/excess liability, errors and omissions liability, directors and officers liability, and employment practices liability policies. Ms. Lytle represents policyholders in litigation, arbitration and mediation and provides insurance coverage advice and counseling to her clients on an ongoing basis. Specific experience includes obtaining summary judgment requiring an insurance carrier to provide coverage for a $4 million punitive damages verdict against the policyholder; negotiating with lessee’s insurance carriers on behalf of an additional insured for defense and indemnity in action filed against additional insured by lessee’s employees; obtaining coverage for environmental contamination claims brought against the insured; and obtaining coverage for claims brought against clients stemming from the Piper Alpha oil platform explosion in the North Sea. In addition to insurance coverage litigation, Ms. Lytle handles commercial litigation matters, including class action defense.

Ms. Lytle was recently named to Business Insurance’s annual “Women to Watch”  list for 2014, which recognizes 25 of the most influential women in the entire insurance field. In 2013, Ms. Lytle was selected as the exclusive Pennsylvania winner, and the overall U.S. winner, of the Lexology Client Choice Award in the field of Insurance/Reinsurance. For 2014 she repeated her Pennsylvania victory. Ms. Lytle has been recognized as a Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” lawyer for 2014. She has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008 and was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Pennsylvania company requiring insurance carrier to provide coverage for a $4,000,000 punitive damage verdict entered against insured.
Negotiated with insurance carrier to obtain defense of client named as additional insured on policy issued by carrier.
Negotiated with insurance carriers to obtain coverage for environmental contamination claims brought against insured.
Negotiated with insurance carriers to obtain insurance coverage for claims brought against client stemming from the Piper Alpha oil platform explosion in the North Sea.

Speaking

04/28/15
Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Annual Conference
04/28/15
Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Annual Conference
03/18/15
Ten Things You Need to Know About Settling Commercial Cases
PBI Commercial Litigation Institute
12/10/14
Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Connecticut Valley Chapter Special Meeting