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Amy L. Champagne

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Jackson
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Amy Champagne has a diverse litigation and appellate practice, concentrating in the areas of products liability, premises/personal injury, commercial litigation and class actions on behalf of clients in the energy, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Featured Experience

Successfully persuaded appellate court to reverse and render judgment in favor of casino following unsuccessful trial of contract dispute resulting in seven-figure verdict.

Successfully defended the dismissal of a multi-party suit against an international oil corporation on appeal before the Fifth Circuit.
Briefed and argued the appeal of a multimillion dollar verdict against an international oil company before the state supreme court, resulting in a favorable settlement.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Champagne has tried approximately twelve cases to jury verdict and three bench trials. She has briefed dozens of appellate matters, including direct and interlocutory appeals, mandamus proceedings, and petitions for review and has successfully argued before both state and federal courts.

Ms. Champagne holds a degree in chemical engineering and practiced in that field for a number of years before entering law school. As a project/process engineer for a major energy corporation, she oversaw capital projects and the optimizing of existing natural gas processing operations in Louisiana. She also worked as a consulting engineer for URS Corporation, where she focused primarily on providing environmental services to the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully persuaded appellate court to reverse and render judgment in favor of casino following unsuccessful trial of contract dispute resulting in seven-figure verdict.

  • Successfully defended the dismissal of a multi-party suit against an international oil corporation on appeal before the Fifth Circuit.
  • Briefed and argued the appeal of a multimillion dollar verdict against an international oil company before the state supreme court, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Appealed a jury verdict in favor of royalty owners for trespass and drainage damages resulting from a deviated well bore.
  • Secured the dismissal with prejudice of a multi-plaintiff suit against an international oil company arising out of the alleged exposure to fumes from an abandoned underground storage tank, and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

  • Secured the reversal and remand for a new trial for a local oil and gas producer after the circuit court improperly instructed the jury.
  • Won a directed verdict dismissing all individual defendants and multiple counts of the complaint in a professional negligence case.
  • Presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on an issue of first impression involving the intersection of bankruptcy law and a statutory lien for gas sellers.
  • Secured a favorable opinion on interlocutory appeal from the Fifth Circuit for a major insurer, which included the granting of all motions filed on the clients' behalf.
  • Successfully appealed a criminal conviction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals following a guilty plea for reentering the United States after having been deported following an aggravated felony conviction in violation of 8 U.S.C. 1326, which resulted in a remand for a significantly lower sentence.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in a dispute by investors and non-working interest owners involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract and various tort claims related to their joint operating agreement, joint venture agreement and the conveyance and repurchase of a volumetric production payment.
  • Defended qui tam suits involving allegations of improper valuation and improper measurement of natural gas produced on federal leases.

  • Favorably settled slander and defamation allegations against an attorney without the need for deposition.
  • Won summary judgment in multiple jurisdictions on a bankruptcy issue of learned intermediary on behalf of a national drug manufacturer.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in defeating Conti-type claims against a generic manufacturer in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Secured dismissal on the pleadings with prejudice for a major wireless telecommunications company in a federal action involving claims of fraud, conversion, breach of contract, interference with prospective business advantage and breach of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a class action on behalf of a major insurer following Hurricane Katrina.  
  • Served as appellate counsel and obtained the reversal of a $1.9 million judgment against a gaming company and entry of judgment in client's favor in Mississippi Court of Appeals. Successfully opposed former judgment creditors motion for rehearing and petition for writ of certiorari to the Mississippi Supreme Court. (2014)
  • Hired by national counsel and principal executive officer for a national fraternity to assist with a petition for interlocutory appeal from the denial of a motion for summary judgment in two wrongful death cases. Engaged as trial counsel after the petition was denied, conducting discovery, ADR and trial preparations, and successfully negotiated settlement shortly before the scheduled trial. (2013)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Law Clerk for The Honorable W. Eugene Davis, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as one of Portico Magazine's "Top 10 Attorneys in Mississippi" (January 2016)
  • Recognized as one of the "50 Leading Businesswomen in Mississippi" by the Mississippi Business Journal (2011)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2009 – 2012)
  • Vice Chairman – Mississippi Bar Appellate Committee (Executive Committee 2012-17; Chairman 2017)
  • Member – International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Barrister – Charles Clark American Inn of Court
  • Delegate – Mackrell International's Americas Junior Lawyers Group
  • Recipient – The Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service (2004)
  • Co-chairman – CABA Community Service/Pro Bono Committee
  • Member – Federal, American, Capitol Area, Texas, Houston and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • Member – Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member – Defense Research Institute (Appellate Advocacy Committee, Drug and Medical Device Committee, Product Liability Committee)
  • Member – Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation  
  • Leadership Jackson (2013 – 2014 Class)
  • Appointed – District 1 Member, Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee
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Awards

Education

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, B.C.L., J.D., 2002
    • First in Class
    • Order of the Coif 
    • Member – Louisiana Law Review
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • 2000 – 2001 Vinson & Elkins Award for Best Student Article appearing in the Louisiana Law Review  
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1996

Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

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