Amy Zeman

Partner

amz@classlawgroup.com (510) 350-9721 vCard

Amy has built a reputation in the plaintiffs’ bar for delivering results and justice to consumers and sexual assault survivors in class action and mass tort litigation. She secured a $73 million settlement in 2021 from UCLA on behalf of sexual assault survivors who brought claims against gynecologist Dr. James Heaps and achieved a historic $14.975 million dollar jury verdict as co-lead trial counsel on behalf of Pacific Fertility Center patients whose genetic material was destroyed in a catastrophic cryo-preservation tank failure. Media throughout the country have hailed the verdict as groundbreaking, and the Washington Post noted it as “a historic verdict that could have far-reaching consequences for the loosely regulated U.S. fertility industry.”

The Daily Journal recognized Amy among the Top Women Lawyers in California for 2021 and the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2021, and Northern California Super Lawyers named her a 2021 Super Lawyer.  In 2020, Amy was elected co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Class Action Litigation Group.

Amy currently represents clients in a variety of mass injury matters, including additional families in the Pacific Fertility Center matter, individuals harmed by the chemotherapy drug Taxotere (docetaxel), and individuals affected by the Porter Ranch/Aliso Canyon gas leak. She serves in a court-appointed leadership role in a mass action coordinating claims on behalf of 18,000 boys who suffered irreversible male breast growth after being prescribed the antipsychotic medication Risperdal.  Amy has previously represented clients injured by transvaginal mesh, the birth control medications Yaz and Yasmin, and the diabetes drug Actos.

Amy is also a member of our California whistleblower attorney practice group, representing qui tam whistleblowers alleging false claims against the government in the medical industry.

Prior to attending law school, Amy pursued a career in the financial sector, acting as the Accounting and Compliance Manager for the Marin County Federal Credit Union for almost seven years. Amy was a spring 2010 extern for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of California at Hastings and her two B.A. degrees summa cum laude from the University of Missouri.

Litigation Highlights

  • Pacific Fertility Center Litigation

    Amy served as co-lead trial counsel in a three-week trial on behalf of several patients who tragically lost eggs and embryos in a catastrophic cryo-preservation tank failure at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center in 2018. The jury found the cryogenic tank manufacturer, Chart Inc., liable on all claims, and awarded $14.975 million in aggregate damages to the five plaintiffs. Amy leads the Gibbs Law Group team, which first filed the lawsuit in March 2018 with co-counsel, and represents dozens of PFC patients whose frozen eggs and embryos were harmed or destroyed as a result of the tank failure. This was the first trial in the consolidated litigation, and five additional trials against Chart are scheduled for 2022 and 2023.

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

    Amy served as plaintiffs’ counsel representing patients of former UCLA OB-GYN Dr. James Heaps in a class action lawsuit alleging assault, abuse, and sexual harassment against both Dr. Heaps and UCLA. The litigation resulted in a $73 million dollar settlement to compensate over 5,500 women who received treatment from Dr. Heaps, as well as mandatory reforms to UCLA’s patient safety measures. The settlement received final approval in July 2021.

  • Sanborn v. Nissan North America

    Amy represented car owners in Florida in a class action lawsuit alleging that 2008 and 2009 Nissan Altima vehicles had defective dashboards that would melt into a dangerous shiny and gooey surface in hot climates. The case was just two weeks from trial when the parties reached a settlement that provided dashboard replacements and reimbursements. The Court granted final approval of the settlement in January 2017.

  • Chase Bank U.S.A., N.A. “Check Loan” Contract Litigation

    Key member of the litigation team in this multidistrict case alleging that Chase Bank wronged consumers by offering long-term fixed-rate loans, only to later more-than-double the required loan payments. The litigation resulted in a $100 million settlement with Chase eight weeks prior to trial.

  • Sugarman v. Ducati North America, Inc.

    Represented Ducati motorcycle owners whose fuel tanks on their motorcycles degraded and deformed due to incompatibility with the motorcycles’ fuel. In January 2012, the Court approved a settlement that provided an extended warranty and repairs, writing, “The Court recognizes that class counsel assumed substantial risks and burdens in this litigation. Representation was professional and competent; in the Court’s opinion, counsel obtained an excellent result for the class.”

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Top Women Lawyers in California, Daily Journal, 2021

Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, Daily Journal, 2021

Super Lawyer, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2021

Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2020

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2010
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Missouri, 1998
  • American Association for Justice, Co- Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group; Past Co- Vice Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group; Past Co-Chair of the Qui Tam Litigation Group; Secretary, ; Member of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Fees in Class Action Cases

Mass Tort Med School and Class Action Conference

March 2017

Qui Tam Case Strategies

Mass Tort Med School and Class Action Conference

March 2017

Claims-processing Issues

2016 Duke MDL Conference

October 2016

Cross Pollination: Diversifying Your Case Garden

HB Litigation Conferences, Consumer Class Actions

May 2016

Best Practices in Law Firm Management

American Association for Justice 2016 Winter Convention, Women's Trial Lawyers Caucus Leadership Summit

February 2016

Effects of MIR 162 on U.S. Corn Farmers

Mass Tort Med School, HB Litigation Conferences

May 2015

Lumber Liquidators Litigation

American Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention

July 2015

Recent Developments in Class Certification in the United States and Canada

American Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention

July 2015

Tips on Client Contact and Case Management in Mass Torts Part I: Client Intake and Gathering Relevant Information, Co-author

American Association for Justice, Women's Trial Lawyers Caucus Connections Count Newsletter

2013

Tips on Client Contact and Case Management in Mass Torts Part II: Organizing and Working with Client Information

American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Connections Count Newsletter

2013

The lawsuit was pretty complicated, but Amy would take her time and go over it and then ask me if I had any questions. With her help, it made it much easier to understand the whole process.

- Elaine S.

Slice 1 BLF 2017