Ms Amy Hefley > Baker Botts L.L.P. > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile
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Ms Amy Hefley
Partner / Practice Group Chair – Securities & Shareholder Litigation (Firmwide) & Department Chair – Litigation (Houston)
Amy Hefley co-chairs the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice group. She has substantial experience representing companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, merger challenges, and fiduciary duty litigation in federal and state courts across the country. Amy also represents companies and audit and special committees in internal investigations and advises clients on preventing and responding to operational and corporate compliance issues. Amy has handled a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including business litigation involving fraud claims, fiduciary obligations, contracts, and business torts, and has tried cases to a decision on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Amy clerked for Hon. Emilio M. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2006-07), and Hon. Ewing Werlein, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2004-06).
State Bar of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and District of Colorado; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association – President 2020; Houston Bar Association.
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law 2004 (Order of the Coif; high honors); B.A., History, University of Oklahoma 2001 (Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude).
Baker Botts L.L.P. is best known for its work for clients in the energy sector, though it continues to extend its focus in securities litigation to include the technology, financial services, healthcare and consumer products sectors. The firm is known for ‘professionalism, client communication, focus and sustained effort over lengthy periods of time’. Danny David (who has ‘outstanding oral and written communication skills’) and Amy Hefley in Houston lead the practice alongside Bridget Moore in Washington DC and Jessica Pulliam in Dallas. David, Pulliam and Moore handled a putative securities class action lawsuit against Hallmark Financial Services, its CEO and CFO, securing the dismissal of claims that the company made misleading public disclosures related to its financial performance, including its loss reserves. Former litigation chair David Sterling in Houston and newly promoted partner Brian Kerr in New York also have pivotal roles in the practice. They worked with Hefley on securing the dismissal of a 10b-5 class action against Insperity, which alleged the company misrepresented the risk of large medical claims.
Baker Botts L.L.P. has traditionally been known for its high-calibre work in the energy and technology sectors, but it is increasingly involved in deal-related litigation in the financial services, healthcare and consumer products industries. Active in its home market of Texas but also in Delaware and other fora across the US, the firm continues to use its trial experience to represent corporates and C-suite officers. Danny David in Houston and Bridget Moore in Washington DC, along with co-chairs of securities litigation Jessica Pulliam in Dallas and Amy Hefley in Houston are the key partners. Richard Harper in New York led the defence of Liberty Broadband Corporation and Charter Communications directors in a shareholder derivative lawsuit in Delaware challenging a $5bn investment as part of the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Networks merger. Jonathan Shapiro moved to Goodwin in San Francisco.
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas
- Energy > Energy transactions: electric power
- Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas
- Antitrust > Cartel
- Energy > Energy litigation: electric power
- Energy > Energy regulation: electric power
- Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas
- Environment > Environment: litigation
- Environment > Environment: regulatory
- Antitrust > Merger control
- Intellectual property > Patents: licensing
- Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
- Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort
- Tax > US taxes: contentious
- Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings
- Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
- Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense
- Labor and employment > ERISA litigation
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Tax > International tax
- Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense
- Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)
- Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)
- Energy > Renewable/alternative power
- Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense
- Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions
- Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
- Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings
- Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
- Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
- Finance > Project finance
- Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
- Tax > US taxes: non-contentious
- Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)
- Healthcare > Life sciences
- Real estate > Real estate
- Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers
- Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)
- Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense