JOYCE S. PICKLES
Associate



Pennsylvania Office
E: jpickles@rebarbernstiel.com
T: 267-705-4080
C: 412-603-0122
F: 484-344-5341
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Blue Bell Executive Campus
470 Norristown Road, Suite 201
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422
New Jersey Office
T: 609-375-2070
F: 888-761-8299
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100 Overlook Center, 2nd Floor
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Kathy Ciesielka - Administrative Assistant
E: kciesielka@rebarbernstiel.com
T: 484.344.5325

Joyce Pickles has been practicing for almost a decade representing both carriers and insureds on the defense side. She specializes in coverage matters in both the first- and third-party liability context, but has also represented insureds in trucking, nursing home, premises liability and auto litigation. Joyce has represented carriers for coverage litigation matters involving issues of bad faith, sinkholes, depreciation, mortgagees, carrier contribution, puffbacks, water losses, fires, dram shop, business interruption, reasonable and necessary repair costs, reservation of rights, interpleader and intervenor. She has conducted conducting coverage investigations and assisted carriers in resolving cases in order to avoid litigation. She has achieved victory at the summary judgment stage of federal court and successfully argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Before becoming a lawyer, Joyce worked as a reporter for a regional newspaper investigating, reporting and writing about local and national news. She is a dedicated writer with a knack for coaxing information from witnesses.

Professional Experience
Prior to joining Rebar Bernstiel, Joyce worked at three insurance law firms that each had a national and international focus. She represented both insureds and carriers on the defense side, with a primary focus on first- and third-party coverage.  
Education
The Florida State University College of Law, J.D. 2007; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, B.A. in Journalism.
Joyce was the Vice President of the Mock Trial Team at FSU Law and a law clerk at the Florida Bar Association working on the Florida Bar Journal and the Florida Bar News.
Primary Practice Areas
Auto-Liability

Automobile
Liability

First-Party-Coverage

First Party
Coverage

Third-Party-Coverage

Third Party
Coverage

Bar Memberships & Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Representative Matters
Successfully argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court regarding a default arbitration award

Achieved dismissal from litigation involving mortgageholder’s claim to coverage payment

Prevailed on summary judgment regarding replacement cost value owed before costs incurred

Prevailed at arbitration on a puffback case

Successfully briefed argument of no coverage before the Third Circuit in a dram shop case

Prevailed at summary judgment vs. another carrier on priority of payment in auto accident claim

Represented carrier in interpleader action involving multiple claimants

Representation of carriers in uninsured/underinsured motorist claim litigation
Personal Interests
Besides spending time with her husband and two-year-old son, Joyce enjoys devouring literature and taking in live music. She is a former collegiate athlete who loves cheering on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.