Please describe two of your most substantial, recent wins in practice.
After a one-week delay while we and the state of Texas weathered a historic ice storm, our team won a $2.175 billion verdict for VLSI Technology against
I also recently represented
What is the most important lesson you learned as a first-year attorney and how does it inform your practice today?
Credibility is vital. At the very outset of my career, I saw while clerking how quickly lawyers could lose credibility. And once it’s gone, it doesn’t matter what you say; you’ve lost your power to persuade. On the other hand, when you have credibility on your side, you can make an impact. That lesson has been so important to my practice over the years. Taking credible positions, making credible arguments, and presenting credible witnesses has been fundamental to my teams’ success at every stage of litigation.
How do you define success in your practice?
Success means solving my clients’ problems. Sometimes that can take a classic form, like winning at trial, but other times it takes a different form, like avoiding litigation in the first instance or negotiating a settlement at a critical moment. I also love solving clients’ smaller, day-to-day problems by learning how my work fits into their business. By defining my goals based on my client’s goals, not any preconceived, one-size-fits-all approach, I get to learn the ins and outs of my clients’ businesses and work their unique considerations into my litigation strategy in a way that is responsive to their changing needs.
What are you most proud of as a lawyer?
I am proud of a lot of the work Irell does, and the way we do it, but some of my proudest moments are those when I have watched my mentees grow and succeed. Mentoring more junior lawyers has always been a big part of my practice, and it is so rewarding now that I have been practicing long enough to see my mentees leading their own cases through to outstanding results. Seeing them develop from summer associates to senior associates and even partners, and then mentor more junior attorneys themselves, energizes and reaffirms my commitment. Irell has a great tradition and practice of mentorship stemming from the highest levels in our firm, and I am proud to play a part in that.
Who is your greatest mentor in the law and what have they taught you?
Over the years, I have had many incredible mentors, chief among them the legendary
Just for fun, tell us your two favorite songs on your summer music playlist.
“About Damn Time,” by Lizzo, because it’s the summer of Lizzo! Also, “Keep Ya Head Up,” by 2Pac, because unfortunately it’s also the summer of Supreme Court oppression.
Amy Proctor has developed an expertise in proving patent damages in high-stakes cases. She co-manages her firm’s Technical Analysis Laboratory, an in-house scientific facility that helps lawyers and scientists investigate infringement and validity claims. A member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, she co-chairs its legislation committee where she is working to expand paid family leave and address racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
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