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Amy L. Groff

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Ms. Groff’s practice involves employment law, general civil and commercial litigation, and appellate work. She is also active in the firm’s global ethical supply chain group, focused on mitigating risks associated with human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor in companies’ global supply chains.

Her employment law practice involves representing employers before administrative agencies, in state and federal trial courts, and on appeal. She also provides timely, practical advice on employment-related issues; conducts internal investigations; and drafts policies, procedures, and agreements.

Ms. Groff has worked on appeals pending in courts around the country involving a variety of substantive areas of the law. She has appeared a number of times in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and she also participated on a team that successfully defended a constitutional challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Background

Ms. Groff worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division from 1997 to 2003. In that role, she enforced federal laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (including child labor provisions), Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and prevailing wage statutes for government contracts. Ms. Groff participated in several national and joint-agency initiatives and received the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award for that work.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section (Chair, 2012-2013; Chair-elect, 2011-2012; Vice Chair, 2010-2011; Secretary, 2009-2010; Treasurer, 2008-2009; Council member, 2007-2014; Section member, 2007-present)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Legal Services to the Public Committee
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Labor and Employment Work Group
  • Pro Bono Coordinator for Harrisburg office and member of K&L Gates Firmwide Pro Bono Committee
  • K&L Gates Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative Work Group
  • K&L Gates Women in the Profession Committee (2014 - 2020)
  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School Mentoring Program (as needed)
  • Recipient of “Women Making a Difference” recognition by Pennsylvania Business Central's Women in Business publication (2018)
  • Tree of Life Lutheran Church, President (2015); Council member (2012-2015)
  • Central Penn Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award Recipient (2014)
  • Hon. William W. Lipsitt Inn of Court - founding member (2011-2012)
  • Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania case notes editor (2008-2012)

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Groff lectures on various employment law and ethical supply chain-related topics, and she has participated in seminars for the firm and industry groups. The following are some examples:
  • Employment Law and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association Webinar, April 2020.
  • Modern Slavery Laws and Ethical Supply Chains: Tracking Global Trends and Preparing Your Business to Comply, Webinar, May 2019.
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation Combatting Trafficking in Persons, Reston, VA, May 2019.
  • Global Ethical Supply Chains: What Officers, Directors, and Counsel of International Oil Companies Should Know, Panel, Houston, April 2019.
  • Current DOL & EEOC Policy: A Review of Recent Trends to Protect Your Business, Asian American Hotel Operators Association Webinar, March 2019.
  • Emerging Issues in the Modern Workplace: Sexual Harassment, Independent Contractors and Supply Chain Risk, Central PA Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar, August 2018.
  • Stopping Traffick: Are There Slaves in Your Supply Chain?, Podcast, August 2018.
  • Conversation to Action: Preventing Sexual Harassment through Legally Sound Policies and Practices, Washington, D.C., May 2018.
  • Managing Global Employment and Social Responsibility Risks in the Modern Workplace, Webinar, December 2017.
  • Global Supply Chain Risk: Corporate Exposure for Human Trafficking, Forced Labor and Human Rights Abuses, Webinar, October 2017.
  • Working Wise: Tackling Risks Related to Forced Labor, Child Labor and Human Trafficking in Supply Chains, Podcast, October 2017.
  • Ransomware: Why You Should Care, Central PA Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar, August 2017.
  • Employment Law Developments, Women in Energy Conference, Houston, April 2017.
  • Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety: 2016 Year in Review and 2017 Outlook, Webinar, January 2017.
  • Website Accessibility: Did You Know?, Webinars, November and December 2016.
  • Discrimination and Leave Issues in the Hospitality Industry, Webinar, July 2016.
  • DOL’s Final Rule on White-Collar Overtime Exemptions, American Association of Advertising Agencies Webinar, July 2016.
  • Implementing USDOL’s New Minimum Salary Requirements for White-Collar Exemptions, Webinar, June 2016.
  • Leveraging the USDOL’s Proposed White-Collar Exemption Changes: What Employers Should Be Doing Now, Webinar, April 2016.
  • Assessing Independent Contractor Relationships: Can They Survive the USDOL’s Interpretation? Webinar, September 2015.
In addition, Ms. Groff testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Labor & Industry Committee in August 2016, regarding proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Recently, she was interviewed and quoted in the Bloomberg Law article entitled, “Human Trafficking Bridges Pro Bono, Billable Divide at Law Firm” (July 31, 2018); the Meeting Professionals International article entitled, “A Duty to Deter Human Trafficking” (Sept. 21, 2018); and the Bloomberg Law (Federal Contracting News) article entitled, “Human Trafficking Case Could Increase Supply Chain Stress” (Dec. 28, 2018).

Additional Information

  • Internet Gaming: The Role of the Dormant Commerce Clause, Casino Lawyer, Winter 2006.
  • Do State Bans on Internet Gambling Violate the Dormant Commerce Clause?, Gaming Law Review, Volume 10, Number 3, 2006.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeal involving issue of first impression under Minimum Royalty Act
  • Pennsylvania Superior Court appeal involving protection from abuse order
  • Third Circuit appeal involving oil and gas lease dispute
  • Third Circuit appeal involving improper lay witness testimony as to prospective damages
  • Appeal in Oregon Court of Appeals involving wage and hour class action
  • Appeal in Arizona Court of Appeals involving security interest filed in a foreign country
  • Appeal in Texas Court of Appeals involving economic loss rule
Trial Court Litigation:
  • Defense of employment discrimination claims
  • Defense of FMLA interference and retaliation claims
  • Contract disputes
  • Construction litigation
  • Non-compete/restrictive covenant litigation
  • Defense of ADA accessibility claims
  • Defense of litigation involving negligence claims, product liability, and workplace accidents
  • Defense of class actions involving oil and gas royalties, claims for breach of warranty and unfair trade practices, and wage and hour claims