Practice areas


  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (J.D., 2011) Order of the Coif; Arthur Manella Scholarship; Malcolm Lucas Award
  • University of Florida (B.S., Physics) cum laude; National Merit Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Hon. John A. Kronstadt, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Amy Proctor is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where she is a member of the firm's intellectual property litigation practice group. Ms. Proctor specializes in handling patent disputes across a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture, signal transmission, and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Proctor is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2017, Ms. Proctor was named to the Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Ms. Proctor earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law where she received the Malcolm Lucas Award. During law school, she served as a teaching assistant and helped edit the sixth edition of Examples & Explanations: Federal Income Taxation. She was also a member of the Southern California Law Review.

Ms. Proctor earned her B.S. in Physics from the University of Florida. While completing her degree, Ms. Proctor worked as a research assistant in the University of Florida Chan Physics Lab, where she helped implement a method for measuring the Casimir force. Her research focused on refining the lab's sputtering deposition technique to improve the performance of microelectromechanical systems. She also completed an REU program at the University of California, Los Angeles Physics Department, where she assisted with high-speed tracking of membrane proteins.

Before joining Irell, Ms. Proctor served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Kronstadt of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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Representative Matters

  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc. (W.D. Wis.). Represented WARF, the patent management foundation for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Focused on developing WARF’s damages case and played an active role during the October 2015 trial, which resulted in a jury finding all asserted patent claims valid and infringed and awarding damages exceeding $234 million. Helped successfully defeat Apple’s IPR challenge at the institution stage when on April 15, 2015 the Patent Trial and Appeal Board declined to authorize an IPR on any grounds asserted in Apple’s petition. Currently representing WARF on any appeal and in a follow-up case concerning Apple's latest products.
  • Santarus Inc. v. Par Pharmaceutical Inc. (D. Del.). Represented Santarus, an innovative pharmaceutical company based in San Diego, in this case involving Santarus's drug Zegerid, which is used to treat disorders related to excess stomach acid. After winning at the district court level, Par launched a generic version of Zegerid at risk. But on appeal the Federal Circuit found for Santarus, leading Par to voluntarily withdraw its infringing generic from the market in 2012. The case was remanded to determine Santarus’s damages for Par’s two years of infringing sales, and settled for $100 million shortly before trial.
  • Rockstar Consortium v. Cisco Systems (D. Del.). Represented Rockstar Consortium in a set of infringement and declaratory relief actions involving dozens of telecommunications patents acquired by five of the world’s largest technology companies from the estate of Nortel Networks.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Vizio Corporation (D. Mass.). Represented MIT in a patent infringement lawsuit involving its portfolio of fundamental patents in digital television technologies developed in the early 1990s and adopted by the industry. This matter was successfully resolved prior to completion of discovery or claim construction.
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Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 2012, California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office