Amy D. Wills

Amy D. Wills

Counsel
awills@lrrc.com vCard
303.628.9519 office
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Amy D. Wills is Counsel in the firm’s Appellate and Litigation practice groups. Amy’s practice includes all aspects of litigation, with an emphasis on appeals and complex commercial litigation. She represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of areas, including antitrust, civil rights, class actions, constitutional law, contractual disputes, immigration, insurance coverage, intellectual property, legal malpractice, and employment matters.

Amy has authored appellate briefs to the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, Nevada Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court and has argued successfully to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to appellate work, Amy handles all aspects of federal and state court litigation at the trial level. Amy also has an active pro bono practice and has represented individuals before state and federal trial and appellate courts in both civil and criminal matters. Prior to entering private practice, Amy served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Herbert J. Hutton, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Mary Beck Briscoe, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Professional Experience

  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, (legacy firm Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, LLP), January 2010-present
  • Jenner & Block LLP, Litigation & Employment Associate, 2007–2009
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Mary Beck Briscoe, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2006–2007
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Herbert J. Hutton, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended religious institution in employment discrimination and civil rights suit, obtaining summary judgment for client on all claims
  • Successfully mediated dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty against an insurance company resulting in settlement of all claims
  • Successfully extricated client from binding arbitration based on prior bankruptcy in multi-million dollar aviation insurance dispute
  • Successful appeal and oral argument before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in immigration case seeking reversal of agency decision
  • Co-chaired two-day federal bench trial in Hague Convention suit
  • Developed briefings for various commercial litigation cases, involving a wide range of substantive areas, before federal and state appellate courts
  • Served as commentator/panel member for numerous mock oral arguments to help counsel prepare for oral arguments before federal and state appellate courts
  • Drafted numerous successful and complex motions to state and federal trial courts as research and writing specialist for litigation team

Related News

04/04/2017
DeWald, Freeman share John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award
59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
03/22/2016
Pro bono service awards presented by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Annual awards honor memory of lawyer dedicated to equal justice and professionalism

Newsletter

  • Author, "Colorado Court Breaks from Current Precedent in E-Discovery Cost Award," The National Law Review, March 2015
  • Co-Author, "Creative Drafting of Arbitration Clauses: Resurrecting Arbitration's Benefits by Moving Beyond the Boilerplate," Bloomberg Law Review, September 2008
  • Author, "Neonaticide: The Necessity of Syndrome Evidence When Safe Haven Legislation Falls Short," Temple Law Review, November 2004

Other Info

Education

J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2005, cum laude, Dean's Honor List
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, 2001, with Honors and High Distinction, Dean's List

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2010
Illinois, 2007
New Jersey, 2006
Pennsylvania, 2005

Court Admissions

Colorado State Judicial District Courts
Colorado Court of Appeals
Colorado Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit