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Amy Rudd

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Amy L. Rudd is a trial lawyer who represents clients in complex civil litigation throughout the country. Ms. Rudd's practice spans several areas, including general business litigation, securities, class action defense, product liability and mass torts, trademark and copyright and arbitration matters.

Her clients have included Fortune 500 and international companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical, automotive, entertainment, technology and energy industries. In 2016, she was recognized by The Legal 500 US for her excellence in products liability and mass tort defense.

Ms. Rudd's significant courtroom experience includes serving as trial counsel in state and federal courts across the country. Most recently, Ms. Rudd co-chaired a month-long jury trial in New York, in which her team won a full defense verdict in a multi-million dollar breach of contract lawsuit filed by 31 plaintiffs against the world's largest logistics company, DHL. In another case, Ms. Rudd represented a private equity fund in a two-week bench trial in Delaware Chancery Court, successfully defeating breach of contract and tort claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars.  Ms. Rudd has also served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials in California, Texas, and Utah, and has argued motions and appeals in numerous other trial and appellate courts across the country. 

In addition, Ms. Rudd maintains an extensive pro bono practice.  In 2014, Ms. Rudd served as trial counsel in a two-week bench trial on behalf of the Texas NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, securing a verdict on behalf of her clients that Texas's photo voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The verdict was later affirmed on appeal by an en banc panel of the Fifth Circuit. Based on her role in the case, Ms. Rudd was featured on CBS Radio News in 2016.  Ms. Rudd also has represented a number of victims of diplomatic human trafficking. She was instrumental in securing a landmark decision from the Second Circuit, Swarna v. Al-Awadi, 622 F.3d 123 (2010), which paved the way for trafficking victims to sue responsible former diplomats. 

Prior to joining DLA, Ms. Rudd spent several years at two major international firms—one in London, England, where she obtained significant international arbitration experience. While there, she represented clients before the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL.


JD, University of Texas School of Law; BA, University of Texas at Austin

United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore are chairs of DLA Piper LLP (US)’s corporate and securities litigation practice, which continued to expand its roster of talent in 2017. Recent hires include Jessica Masella in New York, who was a member of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and experienced trial lawyer Amy Rudd in Austin, who joined from Dechert LLP. They complement the firm’s already strong bench, which includes San Diego-based Shirli Weiss, who won a motion to dismiss for Super Micro Computer in a class action regarding errors in reported revenues, and Robert Brownlie; and Andrew Escobar in Seattle, who with Clarke defended Morgan Stanley against allegations of misstatements and omissions in registration statements for IPOs of SandRidge Mississippian Trusts. Ryan O’Quinn in Miami has in-house experience at the SEC and advises clients in the financial services, healthcare and transportation sectors.

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