Amber Eck is a partner at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, and an experienced lawyer who has been litigating all aspects of complex individual and class actions for the past 20 years, with an emphasis on securities and derivative litigation, consumer fraud, employment law, and general business litigation. She is currently serving as class counsel in consumer fraud class actions against Donald Trump and Trump University. Ms. Eck has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in individual civil business litigation, breach of contract actions and defamation actions.
Before joining Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, Ms. Eck was a partner/attorney at the nation’s largest plaintiff’s class action firm, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd (formerly “Coughlin Geller”) for 12 years, where she litigated numerous shareholder and derivative class actions which resulted in substantial recoveries for investors, and extensive corporate governance changes. Amber Eck also clerked for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. Before law school, Ms. Eck was a writer and photographer for the Los Angeles legal newspaper, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
Ms. Eck has written articles for publication, including “Lessons Learned from Mentors of the Past,” which was published in the national American Inn of Court magazine, The Bencher, in January, 2011. She has also lectured to law school students and attorneys, including a Lawyers Club symposium regarding Small Law Firms and Sole Practitioners, and Lawyers Club panel on Time Management for Attorneys. Ms. Eck served as a Barrister in the William B. Enright American Inn of Court, and a Barrister in the Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court in 2010-2011. She is also a member of the Lawyers Club, San Diego County Bar Association and Federal Bar Association, and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Barristers Club. Ms. Eck is admitted to practice in California and Nevada.
Ms. Eck is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts of America, and has served as a Girl Scout troop leader for the past six years. Ms. Eck has also served as the GATE District Advisory Council Representative for Loma Portal Elementary School, volunteer for Genesis Diez (which provides service to orphans and indigenous poor children in Baja, Mexico), and as a Deacon for Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church. Amber Eck is also active in Christian Youth Theater (“CYT”) and has served on the public relations and historian committees.
EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Boston University School of Law, JD (Magna cum laude) - 1995
Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (top 1% third year – 4th out of 381 students)
Concentration in health care law, with honors
Law Related Education (LRE) Program; Director, 1992-1993
International Law Journal; Case & Note Editor, 1994-1995; member, 1993-1994
Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, Best Brief, Northeast Region, 1995
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Chapter Justice, 1993-1994; Vice Justice, 1992-1993
International Law Society, 1993-1995
Pepperdine University, B.A. (Magna cum laude) - 1990
Volunteer Center, co-founder and coordinator of Malibu Jr. High Tutoring Program, 1989-1990
Pi Beta Phi sorority, historian, 1989-1990; member 1988-1990
Alpha Chi National Honor Society, President, 1989-1990, member 1987-1990
San Diego Magazine, 2016 Woman of the Year, Nominee, 2016
National Assn. of Women Business Owners, Woman Business Owner of the Year, Nominee, 2016
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated, 2016
Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal – 2016
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter, Associate, 1996-1997, Barrister, 2009-2011
- American Inns of Court, Louis M Welsh Chapter, Barrister, 2009-2011
- California Employment Lawyers Assn. (“CELA”), Mentor, 2016-present
- National Employment Lawyers Assn. (“NELA”), 2016-present
- San Diego County Bar Assn., 1995-present
- Federal Bar Association, 1997-2000, 2008-present
- Lawyers Club, Sustaining Member, 1995-2000, 2008-present
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2010-present
- San Diego Barristers Club, Board of Directors, 1996-1998
- Phi Alpha Delta, San Diego Alumni Chapter, Vice Justice, 1995-1998
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Featured guest on ESPN’s Real Talk Downtown, AM 1700, July 21, 2016.
“Lessons Learned from Mentors of the Past,” co-author, published in the national American Inn of Court magazine, The Bencher, in January, 2011.
- Lecturer, Lawyers Club and Thomas Jefferson School of Law sponsored symposium regarding Small Law Firms and Sole Practitioners, 2010.
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, San Diego, CA (formerly Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach), Partner/Attorney, 1997-2008
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Jan M. Adler, 2008-2009
Chapin, Fleming & Winet, Attorney and Summer Associate, 1994-1997
Harvard School of Public Health, Research Assistant, 1993
Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Writer, Photo Editor, Photographer,1990-1992
- Distinguished Service Award for pro bono service in Sanchez v. County of San Diego (2002)
- Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Service Award for Badua v. City of San Diego (1999)
In re Ecotality, Inc. Sec. Litig., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114804 (Aug. 28, 2015)
Cohen v. Trump, 303 F.R.D. 376 (S.D. Cal., Oct. 24, 2014)
Makaeff v. Trump Univ., LLC, 26 F. Supp. 3d 1002 (S.D. Cal., June 16, 2014)
Cohen v. Trump, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23885 (S.D. Cal., Feb. 21, 2014)
Makaeff v. Trump Univ., LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22392 (S.D. Cal., Feb. 21, 2014)
Makaeff v. Trump Univ., LLC, 715 F.3d 254 (9th Cir., April 17, 2013)
Brennan v. United States TelePacific Corp., 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 712 (4th Dist. Ct. App., Jan. 30, 2013)
West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund v. Cardionet, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30607 (S.D. Cal., Mar. 24, 2011)
In re Sony VAIO Computer Notebook Trackpad Litig., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115142 (S.D. Cal., Oct. 27, 2010)
Lane v. Page (“Westland”), 581 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (D.N.M., Sept. 24, 2008)
In re Wireless Facilities, Inc., 253 F.R.D. 607 (S.D. Cal., Sept. 3, 2008)
New Eng. Health Care Emples. Pension Fund v. Fruit of the Loom, Inc., 234 F.R.D. 627 (W.D.Ky., Mar. 17, 2006)
In re Sprint Corp. Secs. Litig., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7898 (D. Kan., Feb. 24, 2004)
StorMedia Inc. v. Superior Court, 20 Cal. 4th 449 (May 27, 1999)