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.

After graduating magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, Amy began her practice in civil litigation. She has been published in both the Oregon Law Review and the Lewis & Clark Law Review. Her 2017 law review article regarding non-unanimous juries was cited by the Supreme Court in a concurring opinion in its landmark 2020 decision, Ramos v. Louisiana.

Accepted to the bar in both Oregon and Washington, Amy has extensive litigation experience, including taking cases through arbitration and assisting at trial.

Outside of the office, Amy is a 2016 Portland Marathon finisher, and 2020 three-time (remote) half marathon finisher.  She also enjoys reading science fiction, hiking, and exploring the Oregon Coast with her dogs.

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
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2021

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).
  • An Introduction to Multidistrict Litigation, OCAA, July 2020.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Vice Chair, OADC – Women in Law Affinity Group, 2022
  • Presenter, OADC Conference, Technology and Judicial Notice, June 2018

Notable Litigation Victories

  • Summary Judgment in Multnomah County: In this legal malpractice case, Amy Saack obtained an order granting complete summary judgment in favor of the client in February 2022.
  • Summary Judgment in Grays Harbor County: Amy Saack obtained an order granting complete summary judgment in favor of the client in October 2021. The case involved a trip-and-fall over a tree root brought against a local apartment complex seeking to recover damages for personal injury.
  • Summary Judgment in Multnomah County: Amy Saack obtained an order granting complete summary judgment in favor of the client based on the statute of ultimate repose in a construction defect action.
  • 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.