Maloney O'Laughlin PLLC fights for employees throughout Washington, from Seattle to Spokane.

Maloney O'Laughlin PLLC fights for employees throughout Washington, from Seattle to Spokane.

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Amy Maloney

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Seattle, WA

Practice Areas:

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Employment Law

Biography

Amy has focused on employment law since the beginning of her career. Starting out, she worked for one of the largest law firms in the country representing corporate employers. Although she learned early that helping corporations was not in her DNA, this experience was critical in forming her dynamic approach to enforcing the rights of employees. It gave her first-hand knowledge of how employers often try to cover their tracks so that they aren't held accountable for illegal and unfair treatment of workers.

With a keen understanding that large employers usually use their size and muscle to push individuals to doubt their chances of success, Amy will not back down. She knows it takes courage to take on a corporation. She strives to help her clients understand what to expect throughout the legal process and to relieve their fears about being kicked around. She will protect her clients and their interests every step of the way. Amy knows her cases are not about her, but instead are about empowering her clients to obtain full justice.

Amy's skill is evident in the results she has achieved for her clients in trials and settlement negotiations. She is regularly ranked as one of the leading attorneys in the field of employment law. She is recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top 1%, and as the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 25 Women. Her peers regularly recognize her with the distinction of Super Lawyer. Her clients have given her a rating of 10 out of 10 by the peer and client-reviewed organization AVVO. Amy's writings also have been published on a wide variety of topics. She was the Editor in Chief of the American Bar Association's FLSA Supplement and a Member of the Eighth Circuit Committee on Model Jury Instructions, where she worked with judges and selected practitioners to draft model civil jury instructions for federal court.

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of Georgia, Athens
    • 1986 - 1989

Bar Admission

  • Washington, 2019
  • Kansas, 2001
  • Missouri, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Published Works

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2008, 2009, 2010 Cumulative Supplement, Editor-in-Chief, American Bar Assoc., Section of Labor & Employment Law (BNA Books)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Second Edition, Contributing Editor, American Bar Assoc., Section of Labor & Employment Law (BNA Books)
  • Contributing Editor (Kansas), A State-by-State Survey, American Bar Assoc., Section of Labor & Employment Law (BNA Books)
  • The People Can Do No Wrong: An Examination of State and Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity,74 UMKC L. Rev. 885 (2006) (co-authored with Matt O’Laughlin)
  • Student Discipline and the First Amendment in Cyberspace, MoASBO (Feb. 2006)
  • Flexible Academic Programs in Legal Education: Diversifying Our Law Schools by Creating Opportunities for Nontraditional Students, 67 UMKC L. Rev. 165 (1998)
  • Do Your Duty: Employers’ Affirmative Duty to Accommodate Employees in the Uniformed Services (collaborative work) Editor/reviewer of the Missouri Evidence Deskbook (2006)
  • Editor/reviewer of Professor Nancy Levit’s The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law (N.Y. Univ. Press 1998)

Honors

  • National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocates Top 25 Women
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top 1%
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation (Plaintiff), 2014 - 2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2018 Top 50 Women
  • AVVO Rating (Peer and Client Reviewed): 10/10 “Superb”
  • Appellate Advocate of the Year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Missouri Bar Award for Ethics and Professionalism
  • Graduate of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy
  • Westlaw’s Achievement Award for Highest Grade
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement
  • 7-Time Recipient of Westlaw’s Highest Grade

Professional Associations

  • Eighth Circuit Committee on Model Jury Instructions, Member, 2011 - 2017
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMA Seattle)
  • Western District of Washington Bar Association

Past Positions

  • Assistant to Mayor Emanuel Cleaver for Constituent Affairs
  • Judicial Law Clerk 1999 – 2001 for the Hon. Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., US District Court, WD MO
  • Legal Research and Writing Teacher/Asst., UMKC
  • UMKC Law Review, Lead Literary Editor