Amy Zumsteg - Associate

Los Angeles
Tel: 213-234-1750
Fax: 213-234-1747
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Amy Zumsteg has extensive experience in representing corporate clients in aviation, product liability and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts.

Amy counsels airline and general aviation clients in a variety of cases, from those involving emergency landings to premises liability.  Well-versed in motion practice, Amy drafts and successfully argues motions and oppositions to harness every litigation advantage and preserve instrumental substantive rights. She prepares corporate representatives with thorough precision to testify at deposition and in court. 

As a member of the firm's National Coordinating Counsel team, Amy collaborates with local counsel throughout the country to defend cases in asbestos litigation. She oversees strategic decisions, motion practice and discovery to implement a consistent and meticulous defense of her client across state lines. Her in-depth knowledge and continuous study of evolving case law on a national level equip her with a unique ability to assess risks of liability and conduct effective depositions that lay the groundwork for obtaining summary judgments.  In Levy v. A.O. Smith, et al. (New York County Supreme Court, Case No. 190200/12), Amy selected a jury and was second chair at trial, defending a mesothelioma claim brought against an equipment manufacturer.

Amy has also represented prominent manufacturers of automobiles, recreational vehicles and industrial equipment in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions. Adept at learning the technical aspects of highly complex cases, she works well with retained experts on accident reconstruction, forensic pathology and causation issues to formulate strong defenses.  In  Clark/Kornmann v. Nissan (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. GC039767), Amy supported the trial team in the defense of a wrongful death claim, based upon theories of design defect and lack of crashworthiness, for which the jury returned a defense verdict.

Diligent fact investigation and comprehensive case evaluation form the foundation of Amy's success in alternative dispute resolution. Amy has functioned as the lead attorney at mediations involving multiple parties and achieved numerous favorable outcomes for her clients. 

Amy has appeared before the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to address a major corporation’s failure to comply with the state and federal Clean Air Act. Amy is also experienced in drafting proposed environmental ordinances for the City of Santa Monica in California.

Amy was the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology.

Education

  • UCLA School of Law, J.D. (2008)
  • University of California Los Angeles, B.A. (2004)

Admissions

  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Professional Activities/Awards

  • New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015-2016