Cozen O’Connor: Alderfer, Amy

Amy B. Alderfer

Member

Santa Monica

(213) 892-7941

(213) 784-9067

Las Vegas

(702) 470-2322

Recent Publication:

EPA versus the State of California: An Important Glyphosate Update [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide perhaps best known for being the active ingredient in the blockbuster weed killer Roundup®.  As many readers are probably aware, Roundup® is currently the subject of both state and federal litigation in which numerous plaintiffs allege that using Roundup® caused...

Amy advises clients on all aspects of litigation, from pretrial matters through trial and appeal. She has tried numerous cases to verdict and successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal.

Her practice encompasses securities, arbitration, and commercial lease litigation, real estate litigation, land use, products liability, false advertising, consumer protection, pharmaceutical and medical device, California Proposition 65 compliance and litigation, cannabis law, and major commercial disputes. Amy is experienced in representing individuals, corporations, and public entities. 

Amy has extensive experience with complex litigation, mass actions, multidistrict litigation, and California coordinated proceedings. She routinely handles complex issues, expert witnesses, and regulatory issues.

Amy earned her law degree in 1999 from the University of Southern California Law School. She is the current president of the USC Gould Law School Alumni Association. She is a past president of the Century City Bar Association and is actively involved with the charity Every Mother Counts. Amy joined Cozen O’Connor from another AmLaw 100 firm in 2014.

Experience

News

Critical Mass: Monsanto's $2 Billion Roundup Question

July 24, 2019

Amy Alderfer was quoted on Law.com discussing why a reduced roundup verdict still matters.

Judge Cuts $2 Billion Verdict Against Bayer in Tentative Ruling on Weed-Killer Case

July 19, 2019

Amy Alderfer was quoted in Bloomberg in which she explains why there is good reason for Bayer to keep fighting the Roundup lawsuits. She states, "You continue to telegraph to plaintiffs and their lawyers that you’re disputing this, and you’re not going to just accept these verdicts,”

Breaking Down J&J And California's $1B Pelvic Mesh Trial

July 12, 2019

Amy Alderfer was quoted in Law360 stating, "If this is something that can really gain traction and be successful and deliver a large payout, other states will pursue it"

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

August 20, 2017

Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published, "Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff," on Law360.com.

Amy Alderfer Discusses If Morcellator Manufacturers Will Settle Lawsuits Related to Devices

April 01, 2016

Amy Alderfer, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability practice, discusses if morcellator manufacturers will settle lawsuits related to devices after the recent Johnson & Johnson case in MDDI Online.

Cozen O’Connor Adds to Depth of Los Angeles Office with Hiring of Alderfer and Cousineau

July 01, 2014

Cozen O’Connor continues to grow its presence in Los Angeles with the addition of Amy B. Alderfer and Maria Louise (Ria) Cousineau, who join as partners. Alderfer joins the Commercial Litigation Department and Cousineau joins the Global Insurance Department.

Publications

EPA versus the State of California: An Important Glyphosate Update [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

August 20, 2019

Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide perhaps best known for being the active ingredient in the blockbuster weed killer Roundup®.  As many readers are probably aware, Roundup® is currently the subject of both state and federal litigation in which numerous plaintiffs allege that using Roundup® caused...

The 'Invisible Hand': Really Knowing Your Trial Attorney [Corporate Counsel]

July 11, 2019

Matthew Steinberg and Amy Alderfer contributed an article to Corporate Counsel discussing the importance of professionalism and courtesy in trial.

Keys to Creating a Successful Relationship With Outside Counsel

December 11, 2018

Amy Alderfer, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Keys to Creating a Successful Relationship With Outside Counsel" for Corporate Counsel.

Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol

May 09, 2018

Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer, members of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol," for Law360.

The Legality of Cannabidiol and Concerns Regarding False Advertising [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

April 17, 2018

The legality of marijuana (also known as cannabis) has been a popular topic in recent years with thirty states and the District of Columbia having laws that legalize marijuana in some form.  However, under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug and remains illegal for all purposes. Schedule I...

Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Harm - What is Proposition 65 and What You Need to Know [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

February 08, 2018

A majority of California voters in 1986 approved a ballot initiative known as Proposition 65, officially titled California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (“Prop. 65”).  Prop. 65 seeks to protect California’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals...

California’s Adult Use of Cannabis: Cutting Through the Haze

December 20, 2017

Amy Alderfer, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, details California voters recent approval of Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

September 13, 2017

Often when we think of product liability we think of a product that doesn’t function as intended and causes some sort of damage resulting in warning, design and/or manufacturing defect claims.  However, another important aspect is advertising.  The purpose of this post is to focus on one very...

Glyphosate’s Prop 65 Listing May Affect Everyone in the Supply Chain

September 12, 2017

Amy Alderfer, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, published, "Glyphosate’s Prop 65 Listing May Affect Everyone in the Supply Chain," in the Daily Journal.

The Expert Report: Key Considerations [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

April 24, 2017

Product liability cases often present challenging and complex issues which require the use of experts.  If you are litigating in federal court, any expert you designate will be required to provide a written report[1].  The same, however, may not be true in state court.  For example, written expert...

Punitive Damages and an Essential Jury Instruction [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

February 16, 2017

In one of our recent posts we touched on punitive damages in the context of one of the Pinnacle Hip bellwether trials.  In this post, we address another interesting aspect of punitive damages: whether they can be used to punish a defendant for harms to nonparties.  The short answer is no, but as...

Practical Tips for Creating and Maximizing Enforceable Settlements [DRI]

February 07, 2017

Amy Alderfer, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses tips for creating enforceable settlements on DRI.

Words Matter: Product Claims Can Trigger Regulatory Application And Corrective Action [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

November 16, 2016

Most of us understand that the facts that give rise to the legal issues we face are sometimes sewn far in advance.  This is certainly true in the area of product claims or statements.  As is discussed below, careful consideration should be given to the governing regulatory framework so that the...

Creating and Maximizing Enforceable Settlements [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

October 06, 2016

Settling a case may be the culmination of years of litigation or a strategic move at the outset to avoid litigation costs. Many times, settlement occurs at some point in between. Regardless of when the settlement occurs, it’s important to focus on certain considerations that should be part of any...

Olympus Duodenoscope Recall: Lessons Learned on How to Manage a Class II Device Failure [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

June 02, 2016

Earlier this year Olympus Corp. (“Olympus”) announced that it would recall and redesign its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope following its link to deadly patient infections in the United States and abroad.  This situation presents an important cautionary tale and one that is not strictly limited to medical...

Bellwether Trials: What Manufacturers Can Learn from the GM Ignition Claim MDL [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

May 02, 2016

As product liability multidistrict litigation becomes more prevalent, it is important for manufacturers to understand how the bellwether trial process works and how to use it to their advantage.  The ongoing bellwether trials in the GM faulty ignition switch MDL have generated a significant amount...

Roadmap for a Successful Product Inspection [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

February 22, 2016

One of the tasks manufacturing companies frequently face is having their products inspected and tested as part of the pre-litigation or litigation process.  While this may sound routine, it is important to have a detailed roadmap for conducting a successful inspection. Start Here—Preservation and...

Road Map For A Successful Product Inspection [Law360]

February 22, 2016

Amy Alderfer and Jillian Thornton Flax, both members of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability practice, discuss a road map for a successful product inspection in Law360.

What the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in DirecTV v. Imburgia Means For Your Consumer Agreements and Arbitration Clauses [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

December 23, 2015

Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in DirecTV v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___ (2015).  This decision is important for manufacturers of consumer products because it fortifies the ability to incorporate and rely upon arbitration clauses as a way to reduce risk and overall...

A Step by Step Guide To Maximizing The Use of Social Media In Defending Product Liability Claims [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

December 04, 2015

As most people are aware, social media has become pervasive in the daily lives of the vast majority of Americans.  Social media provides us with an instantaneous way to share our thoughts and experiences with others.  Doing so creates an electronic history that is stored and preserved, and, as the...

Click it to Stick it: Guide to Creating Binding Online Agreements [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

October 29, 2015

Contract terms and purchaser assent to those terms, conditions, intended use and warning information provided with a purchased product are known fertile ground for defending product claims. In today’s virtual age, consumers turn to the internet to purchase products, particularly during the...

3D Printing and You [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

September 15, 2015

Last year I was honored as the outgoing president of a local bar association and was given a lovely glass award, a proclamation from the mayor, and a 3D printed car.  Not a real car mind you, but tiny replica of the Porsche 997.  The detail of the car is really remarkable down to its tiny door...

The Times, They Are a Changin' - The Emergence of 3D Printing [LawyerMade Magazine]

September 17, 2014

Amy Alderfer, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, authored an article titled “The Times, They Are a Changin’ – The Emergence of 3D Printing.” The article provides an overview of the potential impact 3D printing may have on products liability law as an increasing number of products are able to be manufactured at home. “While it’s too early to tell how these scenarios will play out, it is important to recognize the product liability issues that will arise as 3D printing becomes more widespread and continues to infiltrate the market,” advises Amy.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

New California Code on Mediations

May 21, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA

Education

  • University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1999
  • Loyola Marymount University, B.A., 1996
  • California
  • Nevada
  • USC Gould Law School Alumni Association President