Amy L. Champagne

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4268 I-55 North
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
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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. 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 dismissal of multi-party suit against international oil corporation on appeal before the Fifth Circuit.
  • Briefed and argued appeal of multi-million dollar verdict against international oil company before state supreme court, resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Appealed jury verdict in favor of royalty owners for trespass and drainage damages resulting from a deviated well bore.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice for international oil company in multi-plaintiff suit arising out of alleged exposure to fumes from abandoned underground storage tank and successfully defended dismissal on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.
  • Secured reversal and remand for new trial for local oil and gas producer where circuit court improperly instructed the jury.
  • Presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on issue of first impression involving intersection of bankruptcy law and statutory lien for gas sellers.
  • Secured 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 criminal conviction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals following guilty plea to 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 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.
  • Won summary judgment in multiple jurisdictions on bankruptcy issue of learned intermediary for national drug manufacturer.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in defeating Conti-type claims against generic manufacturer in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Secured dismissal on pleadings with prejudice for major wireless telecommunications company in federal action involving claims of fraud, conversion, breach of contract, interference with prospective business advantage and breach of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Obtained dismissal of class action for major insurer following Hurricane Katrina.  

Publications

  • Co-author – "State of Mississippi" Chapter, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, Volume II (Fifth Edition), ABA Antitrust Litigation Section (2014)
  • Co-author – "The FDA's Role in Incorporating Human Factors Engineering in Medical Device Design," published by Defense Research Institute in connection with its Drug & Device Conference in New York, NY (May 2009)
  • Co-author – "Mississippi," Chapter, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (Fourth Edition), ABA Antitrust Litigation Section (2009)
  • Co-author – "Federal Preemption: The Drug and Device Trilogy," American Health Lawyers Weekly (March 21, 2008)
  • Author – "Defending Products Liability Cases in Dangerous Venues: Removal/Fraudulent Joinder Issues in Products Liability Litigation," SGMA Spring Market (June 2007)
  • Author – "Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. v. Aigner Corp.: The Settlement Credit Issue Answered for CERCLA Litigation?" Louisiana Law Review (2001)

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
  • Recognized as one of the "50 Leading Businesswomen in Mississippi" by the Mississippi Business Journal (2011)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2009 – 2012)
  • Member at Large – Executive Committee, Mississippi Bar Appellate Practice Section (2012 – 2015)
  • 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)
  • 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

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

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