Amy L. Bomse is a commercial litigator who focuses her practice principally on representing lawyers and law firms. She has defended numerous actions brought against lawyers for malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty or related claims. She also frequently represents lawyers in motions to disqualify. She counsels law firms and corporations on compliance with legal ethics including conflicts of interest, unauthorized practice of law and other issues. She lectures frequently on legal ethics issues and has published articles on the legal developments impacting the practice of law. She is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, a standing committee member of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees focused on legal ethics.

In addition to her lawyer-focused practice, Ms. Bomse represents clients in an array of business disputes. Recent representations include a multi-week jury trial in San Mateo Superior Court in a breach of license dispute.

Ms. Bomse also maintains an active pro bono practice. She is currently lead counsel in a RICO lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood Federation of America against the Center for Medical Progress. In the past she represented homeless individuals in a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Fresno related to homeless encampment destruction, and represented the City of San Francisco in the landmark gay marriage case. She is also active in the legal community as a member of the board of the BASF Justice & Diversity Center.

In 2009, Ms. Bomse served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. As an ADA, Ms. Bomse handled five jury trials.

While at Duke University School of Law, she was the Executive Editor of Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Experience

  • Defense of a law firm in a malpractice lawsuit; case dismissed after the law firm filed a demurrer and Special Motion to Strike (2016)
  • Successfully defended a law firm against a disqualification motion based upon attorney's initial consultation with adverse party (2015)
  • Obtained summary judgment of negligence claims against law firm (2014)
  • Defended law firm in a malpractice action tried at JAMS resulting in summary judgment for law firm and award of attorneys' fees (2013)
  • Successfully defended law firm against objection to appointment of firm as counsel for official committee of unsecured creditors. In re Plant Insulation Co., 414 B.R. 646 (2009)

  • Successfully reversed a US$300 million punitive damage award against Genentech. City of Hope v. Genentech, Inc., 43 Cal. 4th 375 (2008)
  • Successful appeal to the Sixth District Court of Appeal of an unfair settlement. Terry v. Conlan, 131 Cal. App. 4th 1445 (2005)

Perspectives

Conflicts of Interest, Current Clients
Daily Journal
Ethics and Environmental Law 2018
The Bar Association, San Francisco, CA
How to Protect Your In-house Legal Department from Getting Disqualified and Other Ethical Blunders
Half-Day CLE Program and Lunchtime Presentation on Corporate Board Service, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, San Francisco, CA
California Water Law: Ethics and Environmental Law
California Water Law Conference, San Francisco, CA
Litigation Financing – Practical And Ethical Issues For Antitrust, Unfair Competition And Complex Litigation
LACBA Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section, Los Angeles, CA
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 2001
  • MA, Duke University, 2001
  • BA, Yale University, 1989, magna cum laude
Admissions
  • California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
Activities
  • Vice Chair and Member, California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
  • Executive Committee Member, Malpractice Section, The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Board Member, Legal Aid At Work
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Former Board Member, Justice & Diversity Center, The Bar Association of San Francisco
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