Amy is immediate past chair of the firm’s Appellate and Written Advocacy Practice Group. A particular focus of her practice is representing hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and insurance companies in civil litigation on local and national level. She is well-versed in MDL procedures, motion and appellate practice, having represented major companies in high-profile product liability MDL and consolidated case proceedings. Her most recent experience includes serving as MDL appellate trial counsel and lead motion coordinator for major medical device company in one the largest product liability litigations in history. Amy is a fellow of the American Bar Association, Litigation Counsel of America, Tennessee Bar Foundation and Memphis Bar Association. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers®.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1996
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western, Middle
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2012-2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation: Defense, 2012-2018
    • Top 50 Women: Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
  • Professor, Comparative Criminal Justice, British Studies Program, 1999-2000
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Association
  • Delegate of Judge Julia Gibbons, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2010
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Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1996
    • Order of the Coif
    • Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Spring Hill College, B.A., International Business and International Relations, with honors, 1993
  • Clerkships, Judge J. Julia S. Gibbons, Chief-Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Experience

  • Pelvic Mesh Product Liability Litigation, including In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia: Lead motion practice team, expert motions; appellate trial counsel.
  • Hernia Mesh Product Liability Litigation including In re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2782, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia: Lead motion practice, expert motions; appellate trial counsel. 
  • Propecia Product Liability Litigation, including In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, MDL 2331, United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York: Motion team.
  • Tylenol Product Liability Litigation, including In re: Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2436, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Motion team.
  • Herrera-Nevarez v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Case No. 17 C 3930, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division:  Defense verdict on design defect, failure to warn and negligence claims; appellate trial counsel.
  • Obtained favorable resolution of multi-million dollar verdict in a pharmacy liability case for one of the nation’s largest pharmacies; appellate counsel.
  • Obtained summary judgment for manufacturer of metalworking fluids in mass torts case involving over 200 plaintiffs with claims exceeding $100 million. 
  • Defense of mass tort case involving exposure to industrial chemicals in national venues including Madison County, Illinois, and Wayne County, Michigan.
  • Prosecution and defense of commercial cases involving business disputes, unfair competition and breach of contract.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Event Chair and Panelist, “The Changing Landscape of Patent Law: Impact of Patent Cases from the 2016-2017 Supreme Court Term on Patent Litigation and Practice,” The Patent Subcommittee of the Standing Local Rules Committee and the Memphis Bar Association CLE Conference, June 29, 2017.
  • Presenter and Panelist, "The Common Rule: History and Proposed Revisions" and "IRB Reporting: A Litigation Perspective," Research Training Conference, September 28, 2016.
  • Author"B2B Litigation Avoidance in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No.1, 28 - 33, March 2015.
  • Author"Haunting Prose: Ghostwriting and Transparency in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Publications," Medical Device Compliance Solutions, Spring 2012. 
  • Author"2012 – In The Line of Fire," Medical Device Compliance Solutions, Spring 2012. 
  • Author"Ghostwriting and Transparency in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Publications," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 4 No. 4, 3-9, November 2011.
  • Author"Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process: Appellate Procedure from A to Z," National Business Institute, August 28, 2009. 
  • Author"Avoiding Discovery Pitfalls," 2009 FBA Summer Practice Seminar, June 3, 2009. 
  • Author"Making Your Case: The Art of Appellate Advocacy," FBA in conjunction with the University of Memphis, Nov. 7, 2008. 
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