Amy Johnsgard


760-942-8505 Ext 117
[email protected]

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Human Rights
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Product Defect

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About Amy

Amy’s Civil Litigation practice focuses on Personal Injury, Business Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith, and disputes arising from torts including defamation, harassment, and fraud. Amy is known for her zealous representation but always with an eye towards her clients’ unique legal disputes and personal goals. Amy’s reputation as an effective, strategic, ethical, and conscientious advocate precedes her.

Some of Amy’s noteworthy cases include:

  • In re: Facebook, Inc. Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation. Amy is one of the team of attorneys who filed the broadly publicized class action against Facebook, Inc. and other defendants for the data scandal arising from Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of an estimated 87 million Facebook users’ personal data in 2015 which was used to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
  • Cohen v., Inc. Amy represents a San Diego resident who was induced to purchase a subscription to the website, a spinoff of, after he was shocked by the false claims made on that site that he had a criminal record, among other things.
  • M v. P. Amy both prosecuted and defended her client who was defrauded out of his valuable Encinitas property and then unlawfully evicted by a trusted family member. After hard-fought litigation, she developed a creative resolution which allowed him to recover his property, be free from continuous assaults, and maintain his livelihood.
  • TJ v. JG and LG. Amy defended a couple in a bench trial of an emotional breach of contract action filed by their surrogate which was tragically complicated by the medical condition of the children.
  • D v. E. Amy represented a couple who sustained life-altering injuries in a motor vehicle collision caused by an intoxicated underage driver. After a sizeable global civil settlement ($1.3MM), she obtained an additional criminal restitution award against the defendant ($620,000.)
  • K v. E. Amy represented an elderly man who was severely injured in a vicious assault by his neighbor where there was no insurance coverage ($225,000.)
  • Aguilar v. Hernandez. After a three-day jury trial, Amy obtained a defense verdict in a six-figure defamation lawsuit. One defendant was dismissed following a motion for nonsuit at the close of evidence. As to the remaining defendant, the jury rejected all of the plaintiffs’ claims.
  • R v. V. Amy obtained a dismissal for the Respondents in a protracted harassment trial in which the Petitioners were represented by four partners.


  • B.A., Pomona College, 1999
  • Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, Intern, 2009
  • Office of the United States Attorney, Southern District, Intern, 2010
  • The Honorable William V. Gallo, Judicial Intern, 2011
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2011 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)

Honors and Awards

  • Journal of Climate and Energy Law, Editor
  • Energy Policy Initiatives Center (“EPIC”), contributor to San Diego’s climate action plan
  • State Bar of California’s Wiley M. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Irvin J. Kahn Award for outstanding performance in real property class
  • CALI Awards for Highest Grades in Criminal Law, Advanced Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Policy, Criminal Procedure I, and Insurance Law

Publications and Events

Agents of Change: How Collaboration among Insurers and the Public Sector Can Manage Risk and Foster Climate-Neutral Behavior, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Winter 2012 (available at: 

Bar and Court Admissions

Amy is licensed to practice law in all state and federal district courts in California.


A San Diego native, Amy’s passion for the law developed prior to law school when she worked as a paralegal for a solo practitioner in La Jolla. During that time, she also devoted hundreds of pro bono hours with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. Providing life-saving legal aid to these individuals was an empowering experience which provided insight into the unique role lawyers play in society to help those confronted with injustice or injury.

While not working, Amy enjoys yoga, traveling, live music, and rescuing as many dogs as possible.


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(760) 942-8505
[email protected]

1140 South Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, CA 92024

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