Amy is an attorney in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Amy practices
primarily in federal and state criminal defense, complex civil litigation,
juvenile and education matters, healthcare matters, and civil rights litigation,
including election law matters.
Amy has achieved positive outcomes for her clients in cases spanning the
spectrum of her practice.
In a federal criminal case, Amy convinced the First Circuit Court of Appeals
to overturn a guilty verdict for her client on the basis that the Government
had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. By vigorously
investigating each case, Amy has frequently convinced prosecutors not
to charge clients under investigation, to dismiss charges prior to trial
based on legal or factual defenses she identified and brought to the prosecutor’s
attention, or to significantly reduce the charges facing her clients in
juvenile matters, drug cases, stalking cases, sex crimes cases, theft
and fraud cases, and assault cases.
Amy also represents businesses and individuals involved in regulatory investigations
and commercial disputes. She conducts internal investigations and has
assisted her clients in navigating through federal and state regulatory
investigations without facing civil or criminal charges.
Amy has successfully negotiated on behalf of her clients the settlement
of numerous coordinated cases pending in state and federal courts across
the country, including many cases consolidated in a nationwide multidistrict
Additionally, Amy represents students and other actors in Title IX and
other education matters and works to vindicate clients’ due process
and voting rights, including working on a team that preliminarily enjoined
Senate Bill 3, a law that amended the New Hampshire voter registration
process, as unconstitutional.
Amy joined Shaheen & Gordon’s Concord office after serving as
a judicial clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe of the United States
District Court for the District of New Hampshire.
Before settling in New Hampshire, Amy practiced in New York where she was
a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and McGuireWoods LLP.
Her practice there focused on white collar criminal defense, government
and regulatory investigations, complex commercial and securities litigation,
employment litigation, and civil rights litigation.
Before entering private practice, Amy served as a judicial clerk to the
Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for
the Fifth Circuit, the Honorable John E. Sprizzo of the United Stated
District Court for the Southern District of New York , and the Honorable
Kevin Thomas Duffy of the United States District Court for the Southern
District of New York.
Prior to law school, Amy served as Department Chair and taught middle school
English in Long Beach, California. Before that, she was the public relations
director for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League.
Amy earned her B.A. in English from Columbia College of Columbia University
and graduated first in her class,
summa cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Amy currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Federal Practice Section
of the New Hampshire Bar Association.
- Member of the Bar – New Hampshire
- Member of the Bar – Massachusetts
- Member of the Bar – New York
- Member of the Bar – California
- United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Education and Career
- B.A., Columbia College of Columbia University, 1999
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles,
summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; William T. Aggeler Award recipient; Chief Symposium
Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 2007
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court
of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable John E. Sprizzo of the United States District
Court for the Southern District of New York
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy of the United States District
Court for the Southern District of New York
- Associate Attorney, Latham & Watkins LLP
- Associate Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe of the United States District
Court for the District of New Hampshire
- Associate Attorney, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
- Partner, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
Professional and Community Involvement
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association
- Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Hampshire
- New York State Bar Association
- California Bar Association
- Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Federal Practice Section
Once More into the Breach Dear Friends: The Case for Congressional Revision
of the Mass Action Provisions in the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, 39 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 1067–1102 (2007).
Authored four chapters of
The Ultimate Bad Boys 9, Stan Fischler,The Ultimate Bad Boys 9, 70–76, 130–135, 151–157, 158–163 (Warwick Publishing 1999)
Recognition and Honors
- William T. Aggeler Award, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, graduated first in class
United States v. Pothier, 919 F.3d 143 (1st Cir. 2019) – First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the jury's guilty
verdict on the basis that the government failed to present sufficient
evidence from which a reasonable jury could find the client guilty beyond
a reasonable doubt
- National Counsel in Nationwide MDL – Serving as national counsel
for an individual named in cases across the country arising out of the
marketing and sale of opioids; tasks include advising the client in media
and professional matters, coordinating discovery, locating retaining,
and coordinating local counsel, and drafting agreements and pleadings.
- Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance – Merrimack County -
secured conditional dismissal pending successful completion of a drug
diversion program at which time the state will drop the charges despite
a previous felony drug conviction.
- Secured a non-prosecution agreement for a life insurance finance company
– served as the lead associate in a fast-moving internal investigation
of a life insurance premium finance company that was under investigation
by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of New Hampshire;
conducted extensive witness interviews and supervised the review of over
3 terabytes of data; helped to negotiate a non-prosecution agreement for
- Obtained Non-Prosecution Agreement for Small Business Owner - successfully
defended small business owner against state fraud charges involving federal benefits
- No Criminal Charges Against Condo Board Member - successfully defended
a condominium board member and reached a civil settlement with the New
Hampshire Department of Justice. After an extensive investigation, the
state brought no criminal charges.
- Dismissal in Juvenile Matter – successfully negotiated a conditional
dismissal of a delinquency petition alleging accomplice liability for
participating in theft and criminal mischief.
- Pre-Law Enforcement Resolution of a Juvenile School Matter – Successfully
negotiated an agreement among a prominent high school and two juveniles
with allegations including stalking and sexting.
- Pre-Law Enforcement Resolution of a Juvenile Matter – reached an
agreement prior to the involvement of law enforcement between the juvenile
and his academic institution in an underaged possession of alcohol matter
that satisfied law enforcement such that law enforcement did not see the
need to be involved.
- No-Jail Time Resolution for Possession of Heroin – secured a fully
suspended sentence for possession of heroin, negotiated down from possession
with intent to sell heroin.
- Protected a Client’s NH CDL with a Pending Massachusetts DUI Matter
– the Department of Safety agreed that the Massachusetts’
administrative suspension was not sufficient to constitute a violation
under New Hampshire law subjecting the client’s CDL to revocation
because it lacked the required due process protections afforded in New
Hampshire administrative proceedings.
- Secured Dismissal of a Stalking Petition – successfully defended
against the allegations in a stalking petition filed against a college
student by another college student, with the Court finding that the allegations
were either not established or would not have caused the fear alleged
necessary to grant the petition.
- Favorable Settlement of a Defamation Case – negotiated a favorable
settlement in a defamation case representing the party accused of violating
public policy and federal law.
- Dismissal of a Complaint by the Board of Nursing – successfully convinced
the Board of Nursing to dismiss a complaint against a nurse for improper
documentation of a controlled substance with a Confidential Letter of Concern.
- Check fraud matter for a major financial institution – represented
a major financial institution victimized by a fraudulent endorsement by
individual in ring of check fraud scheme – full payment by the bank
on which the check was drawn to the financial institution.
- Breach of contract matter for a Fortune 500 company – served as the
lead associate on this multi-million-dollar matter bound for trial in
federal court; drafted successful opposition to motion to amend; led associate
in drafting motion for summary judgment papers; participated in successful
- Regulatory complaints dismissed against leading wireless communications
services provider – drafted briefs that succeeded in getting two
separate regulatory complaints against a leading U.S. wireless provider
for allegedly violating the second-hand dealer law in New York City by
arguing that the regulation is preempted by the federal Stored Communications Act.