Amanda Groves, who practices in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C., has successfully represented consumer product and technology companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class actions, business to business contract and tort disputes, and other high-stakes litigation matters. She has a national practice with a particular emphasis on California and its unique legal landscape, including its consumer fraud statutes, arbitration procedures and enforcement issues, and commercial law.
With her extensive experience with consumer protection statutes, Amanda successfully defends clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders and summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These cases include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, warranty claims fraud, and violation of consumer privacy statutes.
Amanda’s clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.
Honors and Awards
Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.
Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).
Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.
Practice Areas by Industry
Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:
- Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
- Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
- Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
- Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.
In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.
Food and Beverage:
Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.
Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:
- A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
- Class and individual claims following recalls;
- A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
- The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.
National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:
Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.
Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:
- Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.
- Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
- Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.
- Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
- Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
- Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
- Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
- Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
- Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
- Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
- Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
- Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
- Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
- Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
- Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
- Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015
Accolade 06/10/21Winston & Strawn Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. 2021
Speaking Engagement 04/23/21Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum
Accolade 02/05/21Amanda Groves Appointed to Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Board
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Accolade 05/30/19Winston & Strawn Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. 2019
Accolade 02/01/19Winston & Strawn Named Consumer Protection Practice Group of the Year by Law360