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Amy Valentine McClelland

Of Counsel

Amy Valentine McClelland is an experienced litigator in both state and federal court, representing individuals, businesses, municipalities and public entities in diverse matters including contract disputes, torts, and defense of civil rights and employment claims.

She has defended public officials in claims alleging civil rights violations, slander and libel, and wrongful termination. Her experience includes appellate practice before the New Jersey Superior Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining Whipple Azzarello, Ms. McClelland practiced in the Litigation Department of a large regional law firm, where she defended premises owners and manufacturers in mass tort and personal injury suits, including defense of a premises owner in toxic tort personal injury suits arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

She also both brought and defended tax appeals related to large industrial and commercial properties and has trial experience before the New Jersey Tax Court.

Ms. McClelland advises public entities and businesses alike with respect to the New Jersey Local Public Contracts Law, and has successfully represented clients in litigation involving public contract disputes. She also advises clients on compliance with New Jersey’s “Pay to Play” laws and ordinances.

She previously worked for several years on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide advising a United States Congressman on issues involving the judiciary, Social Security, and welfare and housing issues.

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    • Featured, “NJ Appeals Court Affirms Merck Win in Sewer Rights Case,” Law360, September 5, 2013
    • Co-author, “Beware Pitfalls in NJ Public Contracts Law,” Law 360, July 2, 2013
    • Co-author, “New Jersey Supreme Court Reins in Appellate Division’s Expansive Tort Conflicts-of-Law Analysis,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2007


    • Contract Disputes
    • Public Contract Disputes
    • Pay to Play Compliance
    • Toxic Torts Personal Injury
    • Commercial and Industrial Tax Appeals


    • J.D, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, The Ohio State Law Journal
    • B.A. Gettysburg College


    • New Jersey


    • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


    • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey

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