Amy Laurendeau

Partner

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Amy Laurendeau has extensive experience defending pharmaceutical and consumer product companies in class and mass tort actions involving product liability claims.

In addition to her pharmaceutical and consumer product work, Amy has represented clients across varied industries in complex business litigation matters, ranging from putative class actions, to high-stakes contract disputes, to trade secret violations, to insurance coverage and bad faith claims.

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Honors & Awards

  • Named a “Rising Star” in General Litigation in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles Magazine and the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2011)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1998: cum laude
  • University of Toledo, B.A., English, 1995

Professional Activities

Amy is an established leader in the Orange County legal community. She currently serves as Treasurer and on the Executive Committee for the Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, and will become President of that organization in 2017.

She served for several years as a Board Member for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County and on the Orange County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, responsible for evaluating judicial candidates.

Amy also holds several leadership positions within O’Melveny, including serving as Hiring Partner for the Newport Beach office.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Article III Standing and Class Certification After Spokeo,” Strafford CLE (July 2016)
  • “Pharmaceuticals: Federally Approved Labels and Preemption,” George Mason University Law School Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues (May 2016)
  • “Developments in Ethics,” O’Melveny & Myers CLE Marathon (December 2015; January 2013)
  • “Preemption in Class Actions,” Bridgeport Consumer Class Actions Conference (January 2015)
  • “Writing Skills, Tips & Tricks for Insurance Lawyers,” ExecSense (April 2010)
  • “Bad Faith in Insurance Claims: Strategies for Prosecuting and Defending Against Claims of Insurer Misconduct,” Strafford CLE (July 2009; October 2008)
  • Moderator: “Protective Orders, Discovery Motions, Settlement Conferences and the Magistrate Judge Pilot Program,” Federal Bar Association; Orange County Chapter (November 2007)
  • Defending Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca, against claims brought by hundreds of plaintiffs in personal injury cases involving Byetta®, an injectable medication for type-2 diabetes, in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL), California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (JCCP) and other courts around the country.  With counsel for Amylin’s co-defendants, recently won summary judgment in the MDL and JCCP on more than 800 claims on preemption grounds.
  • Obtained summary judgment in several JCCP Byetta® bellwether cases—including the first case scheduled for trial—on the grounds that plaintiffs could not prove that a different warning would have changed their doctors’ prescribing decisions.
  • Obtained judgment for Amylin in federal court complaint based on plaintiff’s failure to satisfy pleading requirements.  Argued appeal in the Sixth Circuit, which affirmed dismissal.
  • Representing major manufacturer of sun care products in class action litigation in California, Florida and New Jersey alleging improper risk and efficacy disclosure and seeking economic damages.  Obtained orders dismissing California state court class actions and significantly narrowing Florida federal court class actions on preemption grounds.  Won summary judgment in one Florida class action and defeated class certification in another.
  • Defended product liability litigation over alleged side-effects from over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription pain patches.
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