Amy Williams-Derry’s practice at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. combines her passion for protecting people and the environment with her talent and experience in commercial litigation, complex financial transactions, and consumer protection.
Amy is a senior member of the Complex Litigation Group at Keller Rohrback, where she draws on her diverse background representing plaintiffs, defendants, and coordinating with federal and state governmental entities to secure the best results for her clients. Prior to law school, Amy worked on environmental and transportation issues in Washington, D.C. At the University of Virginia School of Law, Amy was the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
After practicing commercial litigation for five years with a prominent Seattle firm, Amy applied her trial, arbitration, and mediation experience to an environmental law fellowship in the non-profit sector. Working with Earthjustice, she fought for salmon, old-growth timber forests, and endangered species in litigation in state and federal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Amy joined Keller Rohrback in 2005 with this wealth of experience in commercial litigation and environmental law. At Keller Rohrback, Amy has expanded her docket to include complex class actions, investor cases, and multi-defendant actions. Amy thrives on solving complex problems by looking at them from a variety of angles, and her practice has flourished at Keller Rohrback where she has played key roles in cases nationwide in ERISA, securities, complex financial transactions, consumer protection, and environmental actions on behalf of both institutions and individuals.
Amy has represented clients in proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as in mediation and arbitration settings, including before the National Labor Relations Board, National Association of Securities Dealers, and the New York Stock Exchange. Amy’s current representative cases include Doe, et al. v. Donald Trump, President of the United States, et al. (W.D. Wash.), Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston v. Ally Financial, Inc., et al. (Suffolk Cty. Mass.), Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago v. Banc of America Funding Corp., et al. (Cook Cty. Ill.), and Oregon v. Monsanto Co., et al. (Multnomah Cty. Ore.).
Amy serves as a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington, and is a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon.
Bar and Court Admissions
1998, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
1998, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
1999, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2007, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
2007, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
2015, U.S. Supreme Court
Brown University – A.B., with honors, 1993, Sociology
University of Virginia School of Law – J.D., 1998; Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 1997-1998
Professional and Civic Involvement
Washington State Bar Association, Member
King County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
WithinReach, Board of Directors, 2006-2009
The Evergreen School, Annual Giving Co-Chair, 2012-2013
Washington Women Lawyers, Member
King County Washington Women Lawyers, Member
The National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Member
Honors & Awards
Selected to Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers – Washington, 2003-2009
AV®, Peer Review Top-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Articles & Presentations
No Surprises After Winstar: Contractual Certainty and Habitat Conservation Planning Under the Endangered Species Act, 17 Va. Envtl. L.J. 357 (1998)
Presenter, American Law Institute-American Bar Association ERISA Conference, Employer Stock Cases and Cash Balance Plans, Scottsdale, AZ, 2008.
Presenter, Washington State Bar Association, Employment Benefits CLE, Hot Topics in ERISA Class Action Litigation, Seattle, WA, 2010.
Presenter, HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Fantasy Sports, Volkswagen, Porsche, and Pharmaceutical Litigation, Cape Coral, FL, 2016.
Presenter, HarrisMartin Conference: Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Litigation: Santa Barbara, CA, 2016.
Presenter, HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Environmental Contamination Cases, Seattle, WA, 2016.
Presenter, Doe v. Trump, et al., Law & Religion Symposium University of Washington School of Law, 2017.