About Amy

Amy Edwards is a trial lawyer providing strategic and practical advice to clients in complex civil and business disputes. Amy has tried cases before courts, juries and private arbitrators and has represented clients as plaintiffs or defendants in state and federal court, on appeal and in arbitration and mediation. She has experience representing businesses, tax-exempt organizations, fiduciaries and individuals in real estate, health care, trust and estate, and consumer finance-related litigation.

Amy was formerly a law clerk for The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge, Washington Supreme Court (2001–2002); a participant in the Federal Appellate Advocacy Program, University of Washington School of Law (2001); a summer associate at Stoel Rives (2000); a legal intern in the Office of Washington Governor Gary Locke (1999); and a fund-raiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (1995–1998).

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Complex Litigation

  • Lead trial lawyer in successful federal jury trial involving claims for fraud and violations of the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act in which plaintiff sought over $5 million in economic, non-economic, and punitive damages related to the servicing of her loan. Jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Lead trial lawyer in a successful arbitration involving the fair market rental value of on-airport property. Arbitrator issued a decision in client’s favor and awarded attorney fees of over $200,000.
  • Lead trial lawyer in contentious one-week bench trial involving challenges to state agency’s order in other than contested case, which required clients to pay an additional $4 million.
  • Negotiated successful settlement for educational institution in contested estate proceeding in which client received a $3.6 million distribution even though it was second in line for funds from the estate.
  • Negotiated successful settlement for Oregon coordinated care organization in $4 million dispute with provider before the American Health Lawyers Association’s arbitration program.
  • Member of trial team that successfully defended a private company in a seven-day arbitration in which the opposing party claimed $20 million in damages as a result of its purchase of the company’s subsidiary.
  • Second chaired two-week jury trial involving the complex intersection between federal antitrust law and state contract law.
  • Second chaired trial in successful contested guardianship proceeding involving high-profile Portland family.
  • Member of trial team that defended Daimler Trucks LLC (formerly Freightliner LLC) and its related entities in $750 million fraudulent transfer act case; responsible for developing and briefing responses to significant discovery disputes and key legal issues, defending numerous depositions, and arguing pre-trial motions; assisted in successfully obtaining vacatur of $350 million punitive damage award.
  • Second chaired successful defense of TriMet in a $50 million dispute regarding disposition of real property.
  • Member of litigation team representing the State of Oregon in multiple federal and state actions challenging legislative reforms of the Public Employee Retirement System and subsequent implementation issues.
  • Represented health care providers in contract disputes and patient coverage issues.
  • Represent title insurers, mortgage holders, and individuals in title and property boundary disputes.
  • Represented professional fiduciary in successfully defending a multiparty will contest involving a $1 million estate.
  • Represented trust beneficiaries in a multiparty dispute involving complex interpretation issues for a $2 million trust.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Commercial Litigation), 2015–2022
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2020–2021
  • Listed among Rising StarsSM (Business Litigation), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008–2012
  • Recipient, 2010 and 2013 Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Service Award
  • Member, Estate Planning & Admin. Section and Litigation and Product Liability Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Recipient, Community Leadership Award, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, 2014
  • President of the Board, Oregon Law Center
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Co-Chair, Campaign for Equal Justice Large Firm Committee
  • Board Member, Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University
  • Board Member Emeritus, Emerge Oregon
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Issue Spotting for Educational Institutions: Gifts & Estates – How to Avoid Scary Stories,” Stoel Rives LLP seminar, Portland, Ore., Oct. 24, 2019
  • What workers and businesses should know about the Oregon DHS background check process” (co-author), Portland Business Journal, Nov. 1, 2018
  • “Easement Litigation: Easements by Implication and Prescription” (co-presenter), Easements and Access, The Seminar Group, Portland, Ore., June 8, 2018
  • “ADA Website Compliance” (co-presenter), Oregon State Bar Technology Section, Portland, Ore., Nov. 10, 2016
  • Protecting Communications: How to avoid privilege pitfalls” (co-author), Portland Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2011
  • Author, Oregon Civil Litigation Manual, Verdicts and Findings (2009 Supp.)
  • “Contract Law in Oregon” (co-author), Parol Evidence Rule and Integration (2008 Supp.)

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