Amy is the chair of the firm’s Antitrust, Trade and Commercial Litigation Department. She has previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee, on the Board of Partners, as the Managing Partner of the McGuireWoods Chicago office, as co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group and as co-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.
Amy has extensive experience handling criminal and civil antitrust matters for international and U.S. companies, as well as individuals, in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States. Her cases involve international cartels, price fixing, market allocation, bid rigging, tying arrangements, bundling, monopolization, attempted monopolization, and Robinson-Patman Act claims. In addition, she regularly advises clients on distribution relationships, compliance matters, and other antitrust issues related to day-to-day business operations. She is a frequent author and speaker on numerous topics relating to antitrust, government investigations, compliance issues, and the life sciences industry. She also has designed and implemented numerous national and international compliance programs.
Amy’s practice also focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class actions, breach of contract actions, commodities litigation, multi-district litigation, healthcare litigation, civil RICO litigation, real estate disputes, and intellectual property disputes. She has first chaired arbitrations, trials and appeals. Her arbitration practice includes international, domestic, and class action arbitrations before various tribunals.
She has argued and handled federal appeals, and recently argued and won an appeal in an antitrust and patent case pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Notably, as part of the McGuireWoods team, Amy helped secure a May 2010 victory on behalf of Jo Tankers before the U.S. Supreme Court in Stolt-Nielsen v. Animalfeeds Int’l, 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), which held that the respondents could not be compelled under the Federal Arbitration Act to engage in class arbitration where the arbitration agreement was silent on the issue of class arbitration.
Honors and Recognition
Amy has been recognized by the legal industry and business community for her contributions, including:
Amy is also an active member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section. She was Vice Chair of the 2020 ABA Antitrust Section 13th International Cartel Workshop, while also serving as Moderator for a panel demonstration on taking a criminal antitrust case to trial. The International Cartel Workshop is recognized globally as the premier international cartel conference with top competition and antitrust regulators and practitioners attending from around the world. Amy also was a Faculty Speaker on two panels for the 2018 (Paris) and 2016 (Tokyo) ABA International Cartel Workshop, a Faculty Speaker at the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, and was on the Steering Committee and a speaker at the 2014 ABA International Cartel Workshop. She also spoke at the Clayton Act 100th Anniversary Symposium. She is a member of the ABA Antitrust Section Council, the former Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Operations Committee (2015-2018), and the former Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (2012-2015). She also served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Committee (2007-2008).
While earning her law degree at the University of Chicago Law School, Amy won the University of Chicago Hinton Moot Court Competition before Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. As an undergraduate, she earned departmental honors for her research thesis on The Teratogenic Effects of Alcohol Upon Raticus Albinicus Norwegicus.
Amy is the former two-time Chair of the American Diabetes Association Chicago Board and is a current member of the board. She has been the recipient of the ADA’s Top Individual Fundraiser Award for the Chicago Step Out Walks in 2011-2018. Amy also is a board member of The Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a board member for the Chicago Bar Foundation.
Representation of Fresenius Kabi as a plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit.
Defense of multiple corporations in investigations by the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice.
Representation of Horizon Lines, Inc. in a criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice of price-fixing of ocean transportation rates between the United States mainland and Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii and defense of related treble-damage actions brought by customers seeking to recover damages as a result of the alleged conspiracy. United States v. Horizon Lines, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico) and In Re: Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation MDL 1960, (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico).
Representation of Jo Tankers, Inc., a carrier of liquid chemicals in parcel tanker vessels in international cartel investigation and related treble damage actions alleging price fixing and bid rigging. In re: Parcel Tanker Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut 2003).
Defense of multiple high-level executives in investigations by the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice.
Creation and implementation of multiple international compliance programs for global companies.
Representation of ADM Investor Services, Inc. in a case alleging the sale of illegal off-exchange futures contracts in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act, as well as fraud and breach of contract; and summary judgment was granted in favor of ADM Investor Services after close of discovery. Asa-Brandt, Inc., et al. v. ADM Investor Services, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa).
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
ABA Antitrust Section Council Member, 2018-2021; Co-chair, Committee Operations, 2015-2018; Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2012-2015; Vice Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2010-2012
Chairman, Antitrust Law Committee, 2007-2008; Vice Chairman, Antitrust Law Committee, 2006-2007; Call to Action on Women Committee; Past Current Events Newsletter, Antitrust Committee, Chicago Bar Association
Appointed Member, Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008-2010
Fellow; Member, Diversity Law and Trial Law Institutes, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyers Honorary Society
Member, 7th Circuit Bar Association
Co-founder, Chicago Women Antitrust Lawyers Network
Former Chairman, Chicago American Diabetes Association
Board member, Chicago American Diabetes Association
Board Member, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Former Member, Alumni Board of Directors, Monmouth College
Member, Economic Club of Chicago
Board Member, Chicago Bar Foundation
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2021 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 21, 2021
McGuireWoods Earns 32 Nationwide Practice Rankings in Legal 500 United States Guide
June 30, 2020