Amy Groff oversees the firm's pro bono program, which includes local and global initiatives and projects aimed at increasing access to justice and providing representation for a broad range of pro bono clients. Over the years, her practice has involved employment law, general civil and commercial litigation, appellate work, and a variety of pro bono matters. She also helped to launch the firm's global ethical supply chain group, which works with companies to mitigate risks associated with human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor in their global supply chains.
Amy 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, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and prevailing wage statutes for government contracts. Amy participated in several national and joint-agency initiatives and received the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award for that work.
- Pennsylvania Bar Association, Legal Services to the Public Committee
- 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, 2007-2021)
- Dauphin County Bar Association, Nonprofit Initiative
- Association of Pro Bono Counsel
- United Way of the Capital Region - Women’s Leadership Network
- Widener University Commonwealth Law School Mentoring Program (as needed)
- Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Labor and Employment Work Group (2015-2020)
- K&L Gates Women in the Profession Committee (2014-2020)
- 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)
Amy Groff has lectured on various employment law, ethical supply chain, and pro bono-related topics, and she has participated in seminars for the firm and industry groups. The following are some examples:
- Pennsylvania (PBA) Free Legal Answers and Legal Aid, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s Virtual Statewide Conference, October 2021.
- 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, Amy testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Labor & Industry Committee in August 2016, regarding proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
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).
- “Platforms Like Uber and the Blurred Line Between Independent Contractors and Employees,” Computer Law Review International, 2015
- “Proceed With Caution When Limiting Employee Communications,” American Society of Association Executives, 22 June 2015
- 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.