Annie S. Amaral

Annie S. Amaral

Partner

Annie S. Amaral

Partner

Clients rely on Annie Amaral for her complex business litigation and advocacy skills to navigate through federal and state courts alike.

Having practiced and prevailed at the trial and appellate levels in both systems, she knows the courts can be overwhelming.  With each case Annie applies a mix of smart, aggressive advocacy and efficient work ethic to achieve optimal results for clients.  Annie’s complex litigation practice includes banks and financial institutions, industrial and land use companies, retail distributors, and solo entrepreneurs, to name a few.  Sensitive to the stress that litigation can impose on all business types, Annie uses her in-depth knowledge of how courts work to eliminate as much as possible the worrying that comes with being a litigant.

Experience

  • Over four years, defended major timber company in procedurally and substantively complex litigation that involved six consolidated state actions and one federal action and claims seeking an aggregate of approximately $1 billion dollars. Conducted all phases of percipient and expert discovery, including taking and defending depositions, and was one of four-person team that prepared for three-month jury trial of consolidated state actions, which resulted in dismissals with prejudice and judgment for the client immediately before trial began. Obtained terminating sanctions, monetary sanctions, and attorney fees for more than $30 million dollars. Currently on appeal.  To read media coverage on the Moonlight Fire Litigation, click here.
  • Successfully obtained an alternative writ from the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, which prompted trial court to vacate its order denying motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute case that had been pending for more than five years and enter a new order granting the motion.  Subsequently defended writ proceedings on appeal to the California Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.
  • Successfully briefed and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, pro bono, a section 1983 civil rights claim on behalf of prisoner whose state law claims were prematurely dismissed without leave to amend.
  • Successfully drafted and obtained stay of state court proceedings in class action where plaintiffs filed litigation in multiple venues.
  • Second chair in binding arbitration proceeding; conducted direct examination of witness and participated in all phases of preparation, including witness and exhibit preparation and drafting of arbitration brief.
  • Second chair on federal intellectual property dispute and was lead on all phases of trial preparation, including witness and exhibit preparation and drafting of motions in limine and jury instructions; participated in settlement negotiations that successfully concluded case on eve of trial.
  • Second chair on trade secret dispute and participated in all phases of trial preparation, including witness and exhibit preparation and drafting of motions in limine and jury instructions; participated in settlement negotiations that successfully concluded case on eve of trial.
  • Represented agricultural lending institution in complex collection matters involving multiple defendants and closely held corporations.
  • Defended retail distribution company in national class action lawsuit through class certification proceedings.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Sacramento
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for the Northern California Inland Chapter, 2009-2014
    • Annie has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11 years old.  After attending law school and passing the bar, she decided to put her advocacy skills to use with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a national charity organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness about type 1 diabetes.  Annie joined the board as the advocacy chair in 2009 and campaigned locally and in Washington D.C. to have senators and congresspeople renew government funding for diabetes research.  The Special Diabetes Program was renewed while Annie held this role, and Congress also pushed for special measures to be taken with respect to researching and conducting outpatient trials of the Artificial Pancreas.  Annie remains on the board as the Steward Chair, committed to thanking individuals and corporations who donate time and money to the JDRF.
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Member, Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • Former Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Former Member, Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court
  • Founding Member and Former Officer, Junior Barristers of Sacramento

Honors And Rankings

  • Clerkship, District Judge Garland E. Burrell, United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2006
  • Externship, Associate Justice Kathleen M. Butz, California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, 2005
  • Externship, Magistrate Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2004
  • Northern California Rising Star - General Litigation, 2013-2015
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Appellate Litigation, 2015-2016

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