Amy Hansell

Profile

A litigator with nearly 15 years of experience, Amy specializes in civil litigation representing retailers and manufacturers in New Jersey’s state and federal courts. Her tenacious pursuit of discovery and commitment to thorough investigations have resulted in her winning summary judgment and defense verdicts for her clients on numerous occasions.  

Amy’s areas of practice include business and commercial litigation, premises and product liability, and general tort defense. Her litigation experience includes jury trials, appeals, arbitrations, and mediations. Her clients include retail convenience stores, hotels, daycare centers, restaurants, and commercial products manufacturers. She has defended clients in cases alleging liability due to violations of the New Jersey Dram Shop Act, employment discrimination, negligent security, and for a variety of injuries, illnesses, and diseases.  She has also worked on cases alleging injuries arising from exposure to a variety of substances including hormone replacement therapy. Her business litigation experience includes representing clients in disputes alleging breach of contract, construction defects, and consumer fraud.

Amy received her law degree from the College of William and Mary where she was a Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk to Resident Judge T. Henley Graves in Sussex County, Delaware. Outside of work, Amy enjoys touring local wineries and breweries, scuba diving, and cheering on Philadelphia’s sports teams alongside her husband and two daughters.

Representative Experience

  • Defended daycare center in personal injury matter involving cross-claims for breach of contract and indemnification. Amy successfully argued that the co-defendant was obligated to defend and indemnify her client, resulting in her client recouping all attorneys’ fees and costs in defending the matter. The decision was upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by pedestrian against retail store franchisee for personal injuries resulting from trip and fall on an adjacent sidewalk. Amy was able to successfully argue that her client did not owe the plaintiff a duty of care. The decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Defended retail store client in personal injury matter filed by store patron assaulted in store. Amy successfully argued that the corporate franchisor was not liable for the alleged assault and entitled to summary judgment. The trial court’s decision was upheld on appeal.
  • Defended restaurant in lawsuit filed by plaintiff who slipped and fell on water in bathroom, which was dismissed on summary judgment. Amy successfully argued that the matter should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence of notice.
  • Won early dismissal for manufacturer of railway signaling products and systems in action involving vehicle struck by train at railroad crossing, successfully arguing that plaintiffs failed to set forth claims for viable claims of product liability or for violations of the Federal Safety Appliance Act or of Federal Railroad Administration regulations.
  • Won early dismissal of product liability claims for roofing products manufacturer in action involving roof blow off. Successfully argued that plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence prejudiced the manufacturer’s ability to defend the matter.

Credentials

Education

  • The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 2003
    – Graduate Research Fellowship
    – Honors in Legal Skills III & IV
  • Saint Joseph University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000
    – Law Alumni Award
    – International Relations Award
    – Economics History and Political Science Honor Societies

Admissions to Practice

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania (Eastern)

Activities

  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Burlington County Bar Association

Presentations & PUBLICATIONS

  • Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Wolters Kluwer, 2018. (New Jersey Contributing Editor)
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Wolters Kluwer, 2018. (New Jersey Contributing Editor)
  • “New Jersey Dram Shop Law: Duty and Exclusivity on the Rocks?” New Jersey Defense, a publication of the New Jersey Defense Association, vol. 25, no. 1, Spring 2009, p. 10.

Recognition

Community

Testimonials

  • "I greatly appreciate all the hard work Amy put into this successful result."
    – Anonymous

Profile

A litigator with nearly 15 years of experience, Amy specializes in civil litigation representing retailers and manufacturers in New Jersey’s state and federal courts. Her tenacious pursuit of discovery and commitment to thorough investigations have resulted in her winning summary judgment and defense verdicts for her clients on numerous occasions.  

Amy’s areas of practice include business and commercial litigation, premises and product liability, and general tort defense. Her litigation experience includes jury trials, appeals, arbitrations, and mediations. Her clients include retail convenience stores, hotels, daycare centers, restaurants, and commercial products manufacturers. She has defended clients in cases alleging liability due to violations of the New Jersey Dram Shop Act, employment discrimination, negligent security, and for a variety of injuries, illnesses, and diseases.  She has also worked on cases alleging injuries arising from exposure to a variety of substances including hormone replacement therapy. Her business litigation experience includes representing clients in disputes alleging breach of contract, construction defects, and consumer fraud.

Amy received her law degree from the College of William and Mary where she was a Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk to Resident Judge T. Henley Graves in Sussex County, Delaware. Outside of work, Amy enjoys touring local wineries and breweries, scuba diving, and cheering on Philadelphia’s sports teams alongside her husband and two daughters.

Representative Experience

  • Defended daycare center in personal injury matter involving cross-claims for breach of contract and indemnification. Amy successfully argued that the co-defendant was obligated to defend and indemnify her client, resulting in her client recouping all attorneys’ fees and costs in defending the matter. The decision was upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by pedestrian against retail store franchisee for personal injuries resulting from trip and fall on an adjacent sidewalk. Amy was able to successfully argue that her client did not owe the plaintiff a duty of care. The decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Defended retail store client in personal injury matter filed by store patron assaulted in store. Amy successfully argued that the corporate franchisor was not liable for the alleged assault and entitled to summary judgment. The trial court’s decision was upheld on appeal.
  • Defended restaurant in lawsuit filed by plaintiff who slipped and fell on water in bathroom, which was dismissed on summary judgment. Amy successfully argued that the matter should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence of notice.
  • Won early dismissal for manufacturer of railway signaling products and systems in action involving vehicle struck by train at railroad crossing, successfully arguing that plaintiffs failed to set forth claims for viable claims of product liability or for violations of the Federal Safety Appliance Act or of Federal Railroad Administration regulations.
  • Won early dismissal of product liability claims for roofing products manufacturer in action involving roof blow off. Successfully argued that plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence prejudiced the manufacturer’s ability to defend the matter.

Credentials

Education

  • The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 2003
    – Graduate Research Fellowship
    – Honors in Legal Skills III & IV
  • Saint Joseph University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000
    – Law Alumni Award
    – International Relations Award
    – Economics History and Political Science Honor Societies

Admissions to Practice

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania (Eastern)

Activities

  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Burlington County Bar Association

Presentations & PUBLICATIONS

  • Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Wolters Kluwer, 2018. (New Jersey Contributing Editor)
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Wolters Kluwer, 2018. (New Jersey Contributing Editor)
  • “New Jersey Dram Shop Law: Duty and Exclusivity on the Rocks?” New Jersey Defense, a publication of the New Jersey Defense Association, vol. 25, no. 1, Spring 2009, p. 10.

Recognition

Community

Testimonials

  • "I greatly appreciate all the hard work Amy put into this successful result."
    – Anonymous