Amy Derby

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Fax:  412-261-2627

Areas of Focus
Commercial Litigation
Cross-Border Disputes
Health & Safety Law

Amy Derby brings an emphasis on research, strategy and writing skills to Hull McGuire’s representation of clients in both commercial litigation (U.S. and abroad) and regulatory disputes with governments and administrative agencies.

She was introduced to the legal profession at age 19, when she worked as a receptionist at what is now DLA Piper’s Chicago’s office. She eventually became a paralegal in three practice groups: bankruptcy reorganization, commercial transactions and commercial litigation practice. Amy’s work included research, analysis, writing and regular communications with clients for cases ranging from the steel industry to the technology sector. She worked closely with Janice Duban, a respected corporate lawyer who ignited Amy’s passion for volunteer work and advocacy writing.

In 2004, Amy moved to San Francisco to pursue creative writing courses at UC Berkeley. She has since provided freelance writing and contract legal assistant services to corporations, healthcare groups and non-profits in the United States, Africa and Australia, as well as to law firms in Seattle and New York City that specialize in consumer and food safety law. As an author, she has written dozens of articles on a number of legal and non-legal subjects. Amy’s work has been published by USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and She is also a volunteer writer for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

Amy lives in Tinley Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago. When not working, she is seeking a publisher for her first novel, working on a screenplay, and learning American Sign Language.



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