Amanda Karl

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Amanda Karl represents consumers, employees and others who have been harmed by corporations.  She has prosecuted a wide range of complex cases, including product defect, failure-to-warn, wage and hour, data breach, sexual assault, and securities cases, within a variety of industries.  In addition, Amanda is committed to fighting voter suppression—she spearheads Gibbs Law Group’s Voting Rights Task Force.

Amanda is a 2014 graduate (Order of the Coif) of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the California Law Review and Director of the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic. During law school, she worked as a Clinical Law Student at the East Bay Community Law Center, assisting with litigation targeting criminal record reporting violations, and as a law clerk at Equal Rights Advocates, working on women’s employment issues.  Amanda received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology and Human Rights from Columbia University in 2009.

Following graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Paez, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Claudia Wilken, Northern District of California. Outside of work, Amanda serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Center, a legal nonprofit organization that is both the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay Area and Berkeley Law’s largest clinical offering.

Litigation Highlights

  • Hamilton v. American Income Life

    Represented a class of insurance agents and trainees in employment litigation alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors, not paid properly while training, and not reimbursed for expenses. The case culminated in a $5.75 million settlement for class members.

  • A.B. v. Regents of the University of California

    Member of the litigation team representing plaintiffs who were former patients of UCLA OB-GYN Dr. James Heaps, alleging Title IX violations and sexual harassment against both Heaps and UCLA. A $73 million dollar settlement has been reached that, if approved, will go towards compensating over 5,500 women who received treatment from Dr. Heaps.

  • In re Taxotere Products Liability Litigation

    Member of the litigation team representing plaintiffs throughout the country who allege that they suffered permanent, disfiguring hair loss after treatment with a chemotherapy drug that did not warn of this possible side effect.

  • In re Behr Process Corp.

    Represented a nationwide class of consumers who purchased DeckOver, a deck resurfacer for long-lasting wood protection, which allegedly caused deck surfaces to peel, bubble, and crack shortly after application. The litigation resulted in a favorable, uncapped settlement for the class.

  • Deora v. NantHealth

    Represented a certified class of investors in litigation alleging multiple violations of federal securities laws related to the healthcare technology company’s initial public offering in 2016. Amanda was a member of the team that achieved a $16.5 million dollar settlement in favor of NantHealth investors.

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Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2018-2020
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley Law)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Columbia University
  • East Bay Community Law Center, Board Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Wage and Hour Litigation & Enforcement Webinar

HB Litigation

February 18, 2020

Epic Systems And The Erosion Of Federal Class Actions

Law360 Expert Analysis

July 5, 2018

From Clerkship to Career in Public Interest

Berkeley Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society

October 23, 2017

California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

Law360 Expert Analysis

February 15, 2017

“Amanda was very relatable and built wonderful rapport.”

- Bridget S.

Slice 1 BLF 2017