Amy Laurendeau


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

In addition to her pharmaceutical, medical device 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.


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 in the “Product liability, mass tort and class action - consumer products” category (2017)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Faculty Member (2017)
  • 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)


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

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


  • 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 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

  • “Settlement Strategies,” Emory Law Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, FJC/JPML Conference (December 2016)
  • “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, won summary judgment in the MDL and JCCP on more than 800 claims on preemption grounds.  Representing Amylin in Ninth Circuit and California appeals.
  • 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 medical device manufacturer in appeal from US$80 million adverse judgment.
  • Trial counsel for major pharmaceutical company in JCCP involving more than 10,000 personal injury claims.
  • Represented 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.