Amy Mason Saharia focuses her practice on appellate litigation. She represents corporate and individual clients in high-stakes appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts around the country. She has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals and has filed dozens of briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide. Amy clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2010 to 2011. Amy has been recognized in the appellate field as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by The Legal 500.
Amy also advises clients on complex legal issues that arise in trial courts, including in criminal proceedings. She has tried cases in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings. Her clients have included pharmaceutical and medical device companies, global financial institutions, law firms, accounting firms, and other corporate and individual clients.
Amy focuses her pro bono practice on criminal and immigration law. Amy has represented criminal defendants, noncitizens, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and other organizations 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, she 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.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Amy’s experience includes:
- Argued Sanchez v. Mayorkas, presenting the question whether eligible recipients of Temporary Protected Status may adjust to lawful-permanent-resident status, in the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Successfully represented Romag Fasteners in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case rejecting a willfulness requirement to obtain awards of infringers’ profits in trademark-infringement cases under the Lanham Act.
- Successfully obtained affirmance of judgment as a matter of law in favor of firm clients in a fraud case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- Successfully argued an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, obtaining reversal of an order increasing a damages judgment against a tax-services provider.
- Successfully argued an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, obtaining vacatur of an attorneys’ fee award against the firm’s client under the Copyright Act.
- Successfully argued an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, obtaining affirmance of the district court’s dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit alleging breach of contract and deceptive trade practices.
- Successfully argued an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a beer wholesaler, overturning the district court’s ruling that the wholesaler’s preemption claim was not ripe for adjudication.
- Successfully overturned on appeal a nearly $400 million jury verdict against a global financial institution arising from a nationwide fraud perpetrated by the bank’s predecessor’s customer.
“Next Generation Lawyer,” in the category of Appellate Law, The Legal 500, 2021
Other Government Service
Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State, 1999-2002