Washington, District Of Columbia 20006
Amy leads the Washington, D.C. business and securities litigation group. She is also chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington and a member of the firm’s Appellate Steering Committee.
As both a high stakes litigator and counselor, she combines responsive, practical advice with effective and innovative litigation strategies to obtain optimum results for clients. When problems evolve into lawsuits, she represents clients in federal and state courts in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and other venues across the country. She also represents clients in arbitrations and administrative agency proceedings.
She focuses her practice on high profile business litigation, business torts, contractual disputes, and appeals. In recent years, she has defended numerous complex and class action lawsuits, including against large financial institutions. In many of these lawsuits, the state attorney general has sought to intervene because of national or special state interests.
Her financial services experience involves litigating all aspects of the investor/servicer/borrower relationship, including challenges arising under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), preemption under the National Bank Act (NBA) and Home Owners’ Loan Act (HOLA), and other federal and state laws. She has also counseled clients on data privacy and security laws affecting the financial services industry, regulations promulgated by the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB), and issues implicating the National Mortgage Settlement.
In previous years, she practiced extensively in employment law, defending employers against class action, collective action, and single-plaintiff employment claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and all other federal and state employment laws. She has extensive experience in counseling employers on all issues arising out of plant shut downs and mass layoffs under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), workplace investigations, social media issues implicating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), developing all manner of employment policies and procedures, and training and counseling geared toward risk avoidance.
Prior to law school, she worked for several years in the areas of human resources and public policy. At the University of Richmond School of Law, she was a member of the McNeill Honor Society and a recipient of the CALI Awards for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property. Amy also holds a master's degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated as a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.
|Areas of Practice||1) Commercial Litigation, 2) Financial Services Litigation, 3) Labor and Employment, 4) Consumer Financial Services Litigation, 5) ERISA Litigation and 6) CFPB and Bank Regulatory|
|Law School||University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1999|
|Education||College of William & Mary, B.A., 1990|
|Bar Member / Association||District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||McGuireWoods LLP|
A. Harrison Barnes is a well-known attorney throughout the United States. As a member of the Malibu community, Harrison is committed to serving the needs of Malibu residents and businesses in legal matters.
Ms. Fitzgerald represents employers in a wide range of industries, including the entertainment, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation industries.