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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. In 2014, she was recognized by The Legal 500 US for her product liability and mass tort defense practice in the areas of consumer products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and toxic tort.

Ms. Rudd has extensive courtroom experience, representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. 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, shipping, computer, entertainment, airline, manufacturing, and financial services industries.

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).

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.

Significant Representations

  • Acting as appellate counsel for a Texas-based medical device distributor in post-trial motions and appellate issues relating to an adverse jury verdict in an action pending in California state court.
  • Serving as trial counsel for a California-based private investment company in a two-week bench trial in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Representing DHL Express (USA), Inc. in trial and appellate matters pending in state and federal courts around the country, including in California, Michigan, New York, and Utah. In 2011, Ms. Rudd served as trial counsel in a two-week federal jury trial on behalf of DHL. Most recently, she was responsible for the meritorious briefing in an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, securing the reversal of a US$25 million jury verdict against DHL, in Unishippers Global Logistics LLP v. DHL Express (USA), Inc., No. 11-4216, 2013 WL 2398761 (10th Cir. June 4, 2013).
  • Representing several California-based entertainment companies in trademark infringement litigation in California federal court and also advising those companies with respect to potential trademark infringement litigation in China, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
  • 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.
  • 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 US$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 US$35 million breach of contract lawsuit filed against a Fortune 500 company; the lawsuit was favorably resolved before verdict.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm. 


The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism, 1997, with Honors
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000, with Honors

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