Amy Rudolph has 24 years of experience in complex business litigation, with particular emphasis on accounting and financial issues, and co-leads Sutherland's Accountants' Liability practice. Amy has extensive trial experience, having served as lead counsel and co-counsel in jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts, as well as in bench trials, arbitrations (before CPR, AAA and FINRA), and bankruptcy court adversary proceedings. She defends corporate and individual clients in business tort actions; accountant, auditor, and actuarial liability cases; securities fraud actions; tax litigation; claims involving fraud and negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract; shareholder disputes, qui tam
actions under the False Claims Act; state and federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act cases; and receiver, liquidator and trustee actions. Her cases have spanned a wide range of industries, including mortgages and structured finance; health care; insurance and financial services; manufacturing, retail and distribution; telecommunications; securities and brokerage firms; construction; and energy.
A member of the Georgia and Florida bars, Amy has also defended clients in investigations by federal agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice, as well as investigations and hearings by state licensing boards and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Drawing from her insight and experience in the litigation and enforcement arenas, Amy regularly publishes and speaks at professional conferences on issues relating to complex business litigation and professional liability. Most recently, she has written and spoken on topics including whistleblowers under Dodd-Frank, ethical implications of using the cloud for client data, auditor independence, causation and damages in professional negligence cases and securities class actions, defendants' perspectives on civil RICO, and the in pari delicto defense in actions brought by trustees and receivers.
Defended a Big Four accounting firm in a multibillion-dollar litigation following an audit client's bankruptcy.
Tried a federal securities fraud case brought by the SEC, resulting in a judgment against a broker-dealer client of only 0.17% of the relief sought.
Won judgment for a Big Four accounting firm in a $30 million lawsuit brought by disappointed sellers of a homebuilding company.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of commercial litigation (2015)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation (2013-2016)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2012-2014, 2016)
fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Honorable William C. O'Kelley, Chief Judge, Northern District of Georgia.