Paulina Do Amaral

Paulina Do Amaral

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Recognized since 2018

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

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Paulina do Amaral has dedicated her career to achieving justice for individuals injured by dangerous and defective products and other corporate wrongdoing both in the United States and abroad. As a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Paulina represents classes, groups, and individuals in complex, multi-party litigation in state and federal courts and in multidistrict litigation throughout the U.S. Paulina’s current work includes the representation of government entities in the national Opioid Epidemic litigation and ongoing related investigations.

Paulina represents women in lawsuits over ovarian cancer injuries allegedly caused by long-term use of talc products, infant birth defects that mothers claim relate to their use of the anti-nausea drug Zofran during pregnancy, and serious complications and injuries tied to the implantation of allegedly defective surgical mesh.

Paulina served as the primary American counsel advising the Canadian team on the settlement of a nationwide class of Canadian individuals who were allegedly injured after taking Fen-Phen. Paulina also successfully represented numerous individual US clients in pharmaceutical cases involving Actos, Vioxx, Baycol, and Rezulin. She also served on the bellwether trial team in the Yaz and Yasmin birth control drug injuries case that was weeks from trial when the entire litigation settled in 2012, and represented parents in litigation on behalf of babies who were severely injured by the Simply Thick food thickening agent that resulted in settlements on favorable, confidential terms in 2014.

Paulina’s past work includes resolving the claims of more than 500 individuals in Eastern Kentucky arising from an October 2000 coal sludge disaster. Paulina also served as lead pro bono counsel on behalf of seven victims and their decedents in hearings before the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund arising out of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. The combined awards obtained were in excess of $5 million.


  • 250 Hudson Street, Eighth Floor
    New York, NY 10013-1413


  • University of California Hastings College of the Law , J.D., graduated 1996
  • University of Rochester, B.A., graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1998
  • New York, 1997


  • American Association for Justice - Committee on the Judiciary (2007 – 2010)
  • American Association for Justice - Member
  • New York State Bar Association - Member
  • State Bar of California - Member
  • Women En Mass - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2004

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs


  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs,” 2017-2022
  • "Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers," 2019-2022
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, LegalEase, 2013

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