Amy Mason Saharia focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation.  She has tried cases in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings.  Her clients include global financial institutions, law firms, accounting firms, and other corporate and individual clients.  Recent civil matters have involved claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and professional malpractice, as well as claims under the securities laws.  Amy also has represented clients in criminal proceedings and in governmental and congressional investigations.

Amy frequently represents clients in high-stakes appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts around the country.  She clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2010 to 2011.

Amy focuses her pro bono practice on asylum law, particularly in the appellate context.  Amy has represented individual refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. 

Amy grew up in Maine and graduated with honors from The John Hopkins University in 1999.  Between college and law school, Amy was a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State.  Amy graduated summa cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2005, where she was executive editor of the Duke Law Journal.  Before joining Williams & Connolly in 2007, Amy clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Robert N. Chatigny on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.  Amy rejoined Williams & Connolly in 2012 following her clerkship on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Amy is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. She is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Amy’s experience includes:

  • Currently representing Army veteran Nick Slatten pro bono in first degree murder trial
  • Represented a global financial institution at trial and on appeal against claims of breach of fiduciary duty arising from a nationwide fraud perpetrated by the bank’s predecessor’s customer
  • Represented a major defense contractor at trial in litigation against a subcontractor, resulting in a judgment in excess of $275 million against the subcontractor and dismissal of the subcontractor’s counterclaims for theft of trade secrets
  • Successfully represented AstraZeneca in the Federal Circuit in a case providing broad personal jurisdiction over generic drug manufacturers in patent disputes
  • Defended a global financial institution in RMBS-related litigation under the Securities Act and state law



Government Service

Law Clerk, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States, 2010-2011

Law Clerk, Judge Jon O. Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2006-2007

Law Clerk, Judge Robert N. Chatigny, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2005-2006

Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State, 1999-2002

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