- UCLA (B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, College Honors, 2006)
- Stanford Law School (J.D., 2009)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, United States District Court for the Central District of California (2009-2010)
One of the youngest women ever to be named Partner at Susman Godfrey, Amanda Bonn litigates high-stakes cases for plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. A versatile attorney with a unique ability to master diverse subject matters, Bonn has litigated bet-the-company lawsuits in a wide variety of practice areas including intellectual property, employment and labor, class action, antitrust, qui tam, and securities matters. Bonn’s experience in such matters ranges from examining key witnesses in a billion-dollar patent infringement trial, to successfully arguing complex antitrust issues on appeal to the Ninth Circuit, to counseling corporate clients on newsworthy employment matters, and everything in between.
Bonn’s well-known corporate clients include online real estate marketplace Zillow, leading food and beverage distributor Dean Foods, activist hedge fund Third Point, and the world’s leading commercial satellite manufacturer SSL. Ms. Bonn instills confidence in her clients through her thoughtful, strategic approach to complex issues; her dynamic and persuasive courtroom presence; and her finely tuned sense of judgment on challenging business and legal decisions.
Bonn is part of the team at Susman Godfrey serving as co-lead counsel for a class of indirect purchasers in multi-billion dollar antitrust case against Qualcomm. In this complex matter that straddles the line between patent and antitrust litigation, Ms. Bonn has overseen technical experts, deposed C-Suite level Qualcomm executives, and was principally responsible for briefing Plaintiffs’ opposition to Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss—a winning brief that resulted in a significant and newsworthy decision* permitting a nationwide class to proceed under California law.
Bonn has significant experience in high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation, including examining important expert and fact witnesses in a billion dollar trial on behalf of international satellite communications company SSL. Bonn also successfully represented the Rockstar Consortium—a joint-venture of Apple, Ericsson, Sony, and Blackberry—facing off against Google in a patent lawsuit related to its core “search-plus-advertising” business, one that resolved in connection with a $900 million settlement.
Ms. Bonn also has represented and counseled significant corporate clients—such as Zillow, Dean Foods, and The Rawlings Company—facing employment disputes ranging from wage-and-hour class actions, to Department of Labor investigations, to individual employment suits for sexual harassment and various forms of discrimination.
Bonn was recently hired to represent subsidiaries of NBCUniversal in a Ninth Circuit appeal against Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, an insurance despite that hinges on the question whether Hamas’s bombing of Israeli civilian populations constitutes covered acts of terrorism or excluded acts of war under Plaintiffs’ insurance policy.
Bonn has been invited to speak at the American Antitrust Institute’s Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference and the American bar Association’s National Institute on Class Actions. Bonn has been recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star each year since 2013 (Thomson Reuters).
A graduate of Stanford Law School, Bonn served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson for the Central District of California before joining Susman Godfrey.
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