Amy Nilsen is a partner in the Firm’s litigation section who handles medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Ms. Nilsen has been to trial numerous times across Texas in cases for healthcare providers and large companies being sued for wrongful death, loss of limb, permanent disabling injuries, and breach of contract. She represented a large company in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill litigation including the joint investigations and hearings by the U.S. Coast Guard/Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. She handles the representation of a large construction sub-contractor in addressing issues of breach of warranty, product liability, negligence, demands for indemnity, and negotiating with insurers over coverage. Ms. Nilsen has handled the representation of a large docket of personal injury actions for a Fortune 500 client for negligence and workplace injury in addition to representing a large group of physicians in their professional negligence and other litigation matters.
Ms. Nilsen obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997 and her law degree from University of Houston Law School in 2000 where she graduated magna cum laude and was the Note and Comments Editor on the Houston Law Review.
· Represented Norwegian maritime company in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Represented client during joint investigations and hearings by the U.S. Coast Guard/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Presented and prepared fact witnesses and corporate representatives in the multi-district litigation. Supervised the review and production of electronic discovery from Norway brought back to the United States.
· Trial counsel in a two week long medical malpractice jury trial resulting in a favorable verdict for the client. Trial experience included preparing witnesses, opening statements, direct and cross examination of fact and expert witnesses.
· Trial counsel in multiple medical malpractice jury trials resulting in favorable verdicts for the client. Trial experience included preparing witnesses, arguing evidentiary issues, drafting pretrial motions and the jury charge, managing charge conferences and arguing directed verdict motions.
· Defend an air conditioning sub-contractor in multiple breach of contract and insurance coverage disputes. Counsel client in multiple employment maters. Additionally, assists client in bankruptcy and corporate matters.
· Represented an oil field services company in a breach of contract dispute to recover money owed pursuant to terms of a master services agreement.
· Trial counsel experience in a six-week long oil and gas jury trial. Trial experience included preparing witnesses, arguing evidentiary issues, drafting pretrial motions and the jury charge, presenting witnesses on attorney’s fees, managing charge conference and arguing directed verdict motions.
· Direct and manage commercial actions, case evaluation, litigation strategy, motions practice and discovery in state and federal court including:
o Defense of major railroad company in personal injury and property damages arising from train derailments, workplace incidents and railroad crossing accidents;
o Draft and argue multiple dispositive motions in state and federal court;
o Attend multiple mediations and make recommendations for settlement in multiple matters; and
o Take and defend numerous depositions of fact and expert witnesses
· Speeches and Publications
o The Settlement Game: How to settle a Case Ethically- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Phoenix 2014)
o How to Use Social Media in Trial-National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (San Diego 2012)
o After The Shootout: The First 24 Hours-Greater Houston Society For Healthcare Risk Management (Education Day 2007)
o Preventing Multiple Medication Incidents: Minimize Harm for Your Whole System-American Society for Healthcare Risk Management; National Meeting (San Diego 2006)
o Patient Safety: Critical Response-American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (October 2004)
o Tort Reform 101 (HB) 4-Hermann Hospital Grand Rounds (July 2004)