Amanda Russo is a senior associate in the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and a member of the firm’s Products Litigation and Counseling and Food + Healthy Living practices. 

Her practice focuses on both complex civil litigation and advising and counseling for corporate clients in a variety of industries, with a particular focus in the consumer products space, including companies in the food and beverage, dietary supplement and personal care/cosmetics industries, as well as in the financial and technology industries. 

Ms. Russo’s litigation practice focuses on representing clients in a wide range of complex business and other civil litigation matters involving product liability, consumer fraud, contract and post-deal disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and other commercial disputes.  She has experience in both federal and state courts across the country, including in putative class actions and individual and multi-plaintiff suits.

In addition to her litigation work, Ms. Russo actively counsels clients on federal and state regulatory compliance matters and provides advice on litigation avoidance, risk management and commercial strategy, in particular as related to food, supplement, cosmetics/personal care, and other consumer products.  Her counseling practice also involves conducting risk analyses of consumer product companies that are the subject of M&A, investments, or public offerings.  She also works closely with Goodwin’s FDA practice group on the intersection of food, supplement and cosmetics regulation with FDA’s drug and device authorities.

Ms. Russo maintains a diverse and active pro bono practice, which has included, among other things, representing pro bono clients in federal district courts, as well as participation in the Neighborhood Business Initiative (NBI), which is a Goodwin-run pro bono program that brings business-related legal services to the front doors of entrepreneurs and small business owners, advising on contracting with third parties and in consumer product regulatory compliance.

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Ms. Russo has represented corporate clients in a wide variety of complex matters, including putative class actions and individual and multi-plaintiff suits, in both federal and state court.  These matters have included those involving claims of product liability, contract and post-deal disputes, trade secret misappropriation, consumer fraud, unfair competition, privacy/data breach, violations of California’s Proposition 65 and other consumer statutes and regulations, and financial services litigation.  She has also assisted clients in pre-litigation disputes, including responding to and resolving third-party claims alleging violation of laws or relating to post-transaction disputes.

Ms. Russo also has broad experience in counseling leading and emerging consumer product companies on federal and state regulatory compliance matters, risk management, and commercial strategy, in particular as related to companies regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).  She often works with food, supplement, and cosmetics/personal care, and other consumer product companies in analyzing and evaluating premarket pathways, product labeling and marketing, product ingredients/safety, claims substantiation, good manufacturing practices, and other federal or state regulatory matters, such as compliance with California’s Proposition 65.  In addition, she has worked with clients in draft and revising commercial agreements, including manufacturing, supply, and distribution agreements, consultant agreements, confidentiality agreements, Purchase Order terms and conditions, operational policies and procedures, informed consent forms, and liability waivers.  Her counseling practice has also included advising clients in crisis management and responding to and resolving government inquiries, investigations, and other regulatory actions, including, among others, relating to product-related concerns or the implementation or avoidance of a product recall.

In addition to her litigation and regulatory compliance advising experience, Ms. Russo has often assisted  clients in the transactional context.  She has regularly conducted litigation and regulatory due diligence reviews during acquisitions of or investments into companies in consumer product industries, with a particular focus on those in the food, supplement, or cosmetics/personal care space.  As a member of the deal team, she has advised clients on the risk of product-related litigation and regulatory compliance matters and on managing risk and in limiting potential liability associated with the transaction.

While in law school, Ms. Russo interned for The Hon. Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also participated in NYU’s Mediation Clinic, where she assisted litigants in reaching favorable resolutions of a variety of legal disputes.

Professional Activities
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Professional Experience

While in law school, Ms. Russo interned for The Hon. Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also participated in NYU’s Mediation Clinic, where she assisted litigants in reaching favorable resolutions of a variety of legal disputes.

Recognition

While attending law school, Ms. Russo served as Managing Editor for the New York University Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Journal.

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J.D., 2015
New York University
B.S., 2012
University of Florida
(cum laude)
B.A., 2012
University of Florida
(cum laude)

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California
District of Columbia
New York

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U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
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