As a Board-Certified Civil Appellate specialist, Amanda helps to shape successful case strategy from the outset of litigation and sees it through to the end of an appeal. Amanda has developed an expertise about and frequently represents clients regarding the Texas Citizens Participation Act (aka, anti-SLAPP statute).

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Texas: Western, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Board Certified in Civil Appeals, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Litigation/Appellate Attorney Award, Travis County Women Lawyers' Association (TCWLA), 2019
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers®
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Appellate, 2014-2019
    • Top Woman Attorney, Appellate, 2019
    • Top 50 Central/West Texas Lawyer, 2018-2019
    • Texas Rising Star, Civil Appeals, 2012-2014
  • Austin Monthly

Education & Honors

  • Baylor University, J.D., cum laude, 2004
    • Executive Editor, Law Review
    • Administrative Law Moot Court Team – Winner: Best Brief
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Political Science and Sociology, cum laude, 2001
    • Kappa Delta Sorority 
  • Texas Third District of Appeals
    • Law Clerk to Justice Jan Patterson, 2004-2005
    • Staff Attorney to Chief Justice Kenneth Law, 2005-2007

Experience

  • Amanda has served as lead appellate counsel over 70 matters before the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas intermediate appellate courts in districts across the State.
  • Amanda also has appellate experience before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and she regularly appears in district court to assist with dispositive motions, legal issues, and preservation of error. 
  • Sampling of Appellate Cases:
    • Cheniere Energy, Inc. v. Parallax Enterprises LLC, 14-17-00982-CV, 2019 WL 3801955 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 13, 2019, no pet. h.)
    • Cortez v. Brown, No. 03-17-00365-CV, 2019 WL 961672 (Tex. App.—Austin Feb. 28, 2019, pet. filed)
    • Acme Iron & Metal Co. v. Republic Waste Servs. of Tex., Ltd., 03-17-00664-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 10173, (Tex. App.—Austin Dec. 12, 2018, no pet.).
    • Sullivan v. Texas Ethics Comm’n, 551 S.W.3d 848 (Tex. App.—Austin 2018, pet. denied)
    • Liles v. Contreras, 547 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2018, pet. denied)
    • OGCI Training, Inc. v. Hegar, No. 03-16-00704-CV, 2017 WL 4899015 (Tex. App.—Austin Oct. 27, 2017, no pet.)
    • Serafine v. Blunt, No. 03-16-00131-CV, 2017 WL 2224528 (Tex. App.—Austin May 19, 2017, pet. denied)
    • Bunker v. Strandhagen, No. 03-14-00510-CV, 2017 WL 876374 (Tex. App.—Austin Mar. 3, 2017, no pet.)
    • Microsoft Corp. v. Mercieca, 502 S.W.3d 291 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2016, pet. denied)
    • Marina Village Lakeway Partners, Ltd. v. Lakeway Marina Vill. Condo. Ass’n, No. 03-13-00800-CV, 2016 WL 3676880 (Tex. App.—Austin July 8, 2016, no pet.)
    • Hegar v. CGG Veritas Servs. (U.S.), Inc., 03-14-00713-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 2439 (Tex. App. – Austin Mar. 9, 2016, no pet.).
    • Quick v. Greenblum, 03-13-00213-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 15634 (Tex. App. – Austin Aug. 23, 2015, pet. denied).
    • Titan Transp., LP v. Combs, 433 S.W.3d 625 (Tex. App.—Austin 2014, pet. denied)
    • Ward v. Ward, 04-12-00703-CV, 2014 WL 470153 (Tex. App. – San Antonio Feb. 5, 2014, pet. denied).
    • Combs v. Roark Amusement & Vending, L.P., 422 S.W.3d 632 (Tex. 2013).
    • Krainz v. Kodiak Resources, Inc., 436 S.W.3d 325 (Tex. App. – Austin 2013, pet. denied).
    • Dell, Inc. v. Wise, 424 S.W.3d 100 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2013, no pet.).
    • Combs v. Newpark Resources, 422 S.W.3d 46 (Tex. App. – Austin 2013, no pet.).
    • IBS Asset Liquidations LLC v. Servicios Multiples Del Norte SA de CV, 419 S.W.3d 573 (Tex. App. – San Antonio Nov. 20, 2013, pet. denied).
    • Woody v. J. Black’s, L.P., 07-12-00192-CV, 2013 WL 5744359 (Tex. App. – Amarillo Oct. 18, 2013, pet. denied).
    • Roberts v. Wilson, 394 S.W.3d 45, 47 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2012, no pet.).
    • Shook v. Walden, 368 S.W.3d 604 (Tex. App. – Austin 2012, pet. denied).
    • Kodiak Resources, Inc. v. Smith, 361 S.W.3d 246 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2012, no pet.).
    • Fox v. O’Leary, 03-11-00270-CV, 2012 WL 2979053 (Tex. App. – Austin June 26, 2012, no pet.).
    • Red Roof Inns, Inc. v. Jolly, 14-10-00344-CV, 2011 WL 6288147 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 15, 2011, no pet.).
    • In re Jefferson County Appraisal Dist., 315 S.W.3d 229 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2010, no pet.) (original proceeding).
    • Carlton Industries, Ltd. v. Blanchard, 311 S.W.3d 654 (Tex. App. – Austin, 2010, no pet.).
    • Shook v. Walden, 304 S.W.3d 910 (Tex. App. – Austin 2010, no pet.).
    • Stewart v. Langdon, 02-09-00232-CV, 2010 WL 3377789 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth Aug. 26, 2010, pet. denied).
    • Sautter v. City of Horseshoe Bay, 07-10-00106-CV, 2010 WL 2836989 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2010, no pet.).
    • In re D.M.F., 283 S.W.3d 124 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2009, pet. granted, vacated by agrm’t).
    • Rough Creek Lodge Operating, L.P. v. Double K Homes, Inc., 278 S.W.3d 501 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2009, no pet.).
    • Ramsey v. Spray, 02-08-00129-CV, 2009 WL 5064539 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth Dec. 23, 2009, pet. denied).
    • In re Premcor Refining Group, Inc., 09-09-00222-CV, 2009 WL 2253290 (Tex. App. – Beaumont July 30, 2009) (original proceeding).
    • In re Sugarland@Greatwood, L.P., 14-08-00510-CV, 2008 WL 2605593 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] July 3, 2008) (original proceeding).
    • Plaza Motors, Inc. v. Bergstrom, 03-08-00295-CV, (Tex. App. – Austin 2008, no pet.).
    • Mission Linen Supply, Inc. v. Sandy’s Signals, Inc., 02-07-00014-CV, 2007 WL 2152070 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth July 26, 2007, no pet.)

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “TCPA and 91a,” Advanced Civil Trial, TexasBarCLE, July 15, 2020.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Texas Citizens Participation Act: A Practical Bench Guide with 2019 Amendments,” Texas Center for the Judiciary, October 28, 2019
  • Author and Presenter, “The Texas Citizens Participation Act: Implications in Administrative Law Cases,” UT Law’s Advanced Administrative Law Conference, August 16, 2019
  • Presenter, “A Deep Dive Into Selected Issues Under the Texas Citizens Participation Act,” UT Law’s Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 21, 2019.
  • Author and Presenter, “Monetary Relief Under the TCPA: Best Practices for Obtaining or Avoiding It,” Texas Bar CLE, Damages in Civil Litigation, Dallas, Texas, February 8, 2019.
  • Author and Presenter, “Anti-SLAPP Update,” Litigation Update Institute, January 18, 2019.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA): A Statutory Overview and Analysis of its Potential Impact on Real Estate Disputes,” Texas Apartment Association Legal Symposium, November 2018.
  • Co-Author, “TCPA Procedures: Statutory Requirements and Open Questions,” published in The Advocate by the SBOT Civil Litigation Section, Fall 2018.
  • Author and Presenter, “Surprise SLAPP: Applications and Consequences of the TCPA,” 28th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, UT School of Law, June 2018.
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