Amy L. Rudd is a trial lawyer in the complex commercial litigation group. Her practice spans several practice areas, including general business litigation, class action defense, product liability and mass torts, and trademark and copyright matters.
Ms. Rudd has extensive experience representing clients in a range of litigation work at both the trial and appellate levels, including conducting depositions, preparing motions and appellate briefs, and appearing and arguing on clients’ behalf in both pre-trial proceedings and at trial. Ms. Rudd has also assisted clients in assessing, anticipating, and avoiding litigation risks associated with new and existing business strategies. Her clients have included Fortune 500 and international companies in the pharmaceutical, computer, entertainment, airline, manufacturing and financial services industries.
- Serving as trial counsel to an Austin-based computer technology company in breach of contract and business tort litigation pending in Texas state court.
- Acting as appellate counsel for a Texas-based medical device distributor in post-trial motions and appeal relating to an adverse jury verdict in an action pending in California state court and all future proceedings before the California appellate courts.
- Serving as trial counsel for DHL Express (USA), Inc. in several federal and state court proceedings, including the federal district court for the District of Utah and the New York Supreme Court. Previously, Ms. Rudd served as trial counsel in a two-week federal jury trial on behalf of DHL, including briefing and arguing pre- and post-trial evidentiary motions and appearing and arguing on the client’s behalf at trial.
- Acting as advisory counsel to various entertainment companies in connection with potential trademark infringement actions arising from misuse of the companies’ trademarks and intellectual property in China.
- Playing a substantial role in the legal motion and advocacy strategy for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP in the Seroquel litigation – prevailing on Daubert and summary judgment motions that defeated the lead bellwether case in the federal MDL and state coordinated proceedings in Delaware and New Jersey, including Guinn v. AstraZeneca Pharms. LP, 598 F. Supp. 2d 1239 (M.D. Fla. 2009); Haller v. AstraZeneca Pharms. LP, 598 F. Supp. 2d 1271 (M.D. Fla. 2009); Scaife v. AstraZeneca LP, 2009 WL 1610575 (Del. Super. Ct. June 9, 2009); and Tate v. AstraZeneca Pharms. LP, No. MID-L-1608-07-MT (N.J. Super. Ct. Feb. 5, 2010). Ms. Rudd also prepared the meritorious briefing in an appeal of the lead MDL case for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Guinn v. AstraZeneca Pharms. LP, 602 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2010), and was on the AstraZeneca trial team that secured a defense verdict in March 2010 from a New Jersey state court jury in Baker v. AstraZeneca Pharms. LP.
Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Rudd was an associate at a large international law firm, where she served as lead and co-lead counsel representing clients in litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations before various international tribunals. Ms. Rudd’s notable representations included:
- Representing a sovereign nation in an ICC arbitration and mediation with a leading foreign telecom operator concerning the operation and ownership of the nation’s mobile telephone network involving claims in excess of $260 million.
- Representing a major electric company in the successful chapter 11 reorganization of two of its primary subsidiaries, and also representing the company in various proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
- Defending a leading computer company in a patent infringement trial before the International Trade Commission and in related federal court proceedings.
- Second-chairing a seven-day jury trial in a $35 million breach of contract lawsuit filed against a Fortune 500 company; the lawsuit was favorably resolved before verdict.
In addition, Ms. Rudd maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently representing a foreign domestic worker in litigation involving allegations of human trafficking and exploitation against her former employer, a high-ranking Kuwaiti diplomat. Ms. Rudd took the lead in preparing the successful briefing on appeal of the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and appeared in the Second Circuit on her client’s behalf. The case was Swarna v. Al-Awadi
, 622 F.3d 123 (2010).
The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism, 1997, With honors
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000, With honors
American Bar Association’s Section of International Law