Amy Saack

associate | portland | LICENSED IN Oregon & Washington

Thoughtful counsel, quality advocacy

Amy believes in providing quality advocacy to every client. She thoughtfully analyzes the legal issues in each individual case to ensure both excellence and efficiency.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was also inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Amy represented her law school in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court Competition during her third year, and authored two articles accepted for publication before graduation.

Prior to joining the firm, Amy worked for the Oregon Department of Justice as a law clerk, where she researched legal issues, drafted motions, and assisted attorneys in preparing for trial. She went on to intern for the Oregon Innocence Project, investigating claims of actual innocence. Amy worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Michael H. Simon at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, where she researched and drafted memoranda and opinions. She also attended sentencing, hearings, and trials in federal court.

Amy is a 2016 Portland Marathon finisher, who also enjoys reading science fiction, hiking, and exploring the Oregon Coast.

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School – J.D., magna cum laude, 2017
  • University of Washington – B.A., 2012

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Oregon, 2017
  • Washington, 2019
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 2019

Organizational Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Articles / Case Notes

  • Overturning Apodaca v. Oregon Should Be Easy: Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases Undermines the Credibility of the Justice System, 95 Or. L. Rev. 1 (2017) (with Aliza Kaplan)
  • Global Settlements in Non-Class MDL Mass Torts, 21 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 847 (2017).

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Presenter, OADC Conference, Technology and Judicial Notice, June 2018

Notable Litigation Victories

  • Dismissal in Washington County: Shareholder Dan Hasson and associate Amy Saack successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice and without costs for a local small business owner arising out of a slip-and-fall in November 2018.
  • Successfully Opposed Motion to Amend to Add Punitive Damages in Multnomah County Whistleblowing Case: Shareholder Patrick Wylie and associate Amy Saack successfully opposed plaintiff’s motion to amend the complaint to add $2.5 million in punitive damages in whistleblowing action arising out of plaintiff’s employment at a local non-profit organization.
  • Summary Judgment in Lewis County Premises Liability Case: Shareholder Dan Hasson and associate Amy Saack obtained an order granting complete summary judgment in favor of the client in June 2018. The case involved a slip-and-fall accident brought against a local fast food restaurant in Chehalis, Washington, for which the plaintiff was seeking substantial personal injury damages.
  • Summary Judgment in Clark County Premises Liability Case: Shareholder Carl Rodrigues and associate Amy Saack obtained an order granting complete summary judgment in favor of the client in April 2018. The case involved an injury occurring within the owner’s residential apartment complex.
  • Dismissal of BOLI Complaint: Shareholder Chris Drotzmann and associate Amy Saack successfully obtained the dismissal of a BOLI complaint brought against a property manager for housing discrimination in February 2017.