Patricia Hamill has extensive years of experience successfully representing clients spanning a breadth of matters, including complex commercial litigation, Title IX litigation, receiverships, insurance, securities, consumer class actions, government investigations, and E-rate compliance. Her clients are in a wide range of industries, including technology, insurance, and securities.
Patricia is uniquely adept at transforming worst-case scenarios into successful resolutions. She possesses the wisdom and keen intuition one would expect of a litigator with her decades of experience, but she also manages to bring a fresh burst of energy and determination to each new case. She offers responsive service and genuine empathy to each client; she never takes for granted the emotional impact that a high-stakes case can have on her clients. Patricia brings a collaborative approach to handling her clients’ issues, and she tenaciously pursues creative, strategic solutions.
As Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline practice, Patricia represents college students and professors nationwide who are subjected to campus disciplinary proceedings or who have been disciplined by their colleges for alleged sexual misconduct following such proceedings. She has represented close to 200 students and professors nationwide in disciplinary matters or related litigation involving more than 70 colleges and universities. Patricia is also sought out by groups and institutions for her opinion on how to work within the framework of the changing federal laws and guidance. Given her expertise, she was invited to testify before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) at the full committee hearing on “Reauthorizing HEA: Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuring Student Safety and Rights” in Washington DC (April 2019) (read the press release, read Patricia's opening statement, or watch Patricia's opening statement).
In addition to her practice, Patricia is also a member of the firm’s three-person executive committee that manages and oversees the firm.
University of Maryland Law School, J.D., with honors, 1986
Bryn Mawr College, B.A., 1981
The Honorable Frank J. Montemuro, Jr., Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1986–1988)
When not working, Patricia spends time with her family and continues her lifelong pursuit of physical fitness, which began in backyard pickup games with her five older brothers, continued through her years in college co-captaining the field hockey and lacrosse teams, and continues today with yoga, bicycling, and hiking (or sometimes just walking the dog!). Patricia has served as the chair of the personnel committee at her church, the Unitarian Society of Germantown, and is a former board member of PathWaysPA, a social service agency providing services and advocacy for women, children, and families.
Patricia is a frequent speaker and presenter regionally and nationally on Title IX litigation and complex commercial litigation.
"How to Avoid a Title IX Lawsuit;" University of South Florida Title IX Conference; Tampa, FL; February 2020.
Video training in "20 Minutes To...Trained: Advising the Responding Party;" ATIXA web-based sexual misconduct training series; June 2019 (read more here; watch preview clips here and here; videos available for purchase directly from ATIXA).
Panelist on "Balancing the Scales in the Face of Political Turmoil;" Seventh Annual Rowan University Title IX Summit; Glassboro, NJ; June 2019.
“The Changing Landscape of Title IX: How Regulations and Case Law Have Impacted Policies and Procedure;” Seventh Annual Rowan University Title IX Summit; Glassboro, NJ; June 2019.
"The New Title IX Regulations and Their Expected Impact," Philadelphia Bar Association, Education Law Committee; Philadelphia, PA; May 2019.
“Title IX in the Employment Context: Representing Faculty and Staff Accused of Sexual Misconduct,” PBI Employment Law Institute; Philadelphia, PA; April 2019.
"The Proposed OCR Regulations: What's New?," Fifth Annual Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault; Washington DC; April 2019.
"Litigation Basics," Fifth Annual Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault pre-conference; Washington DC; April 2019.
"Regulation Reform: Public Hearings on Title IX Regulations and Guidance," Public Comment before the Department of Education; Washington, DC; October 4, 2017 (access Patricia's full comment here).