Office Information

  • Practice Group Leader, Appellate Group
Amanda serves as Practice Group Leader for the Appellate Group. As a Board-Certified Civil Appellate specialist, Amanda helps to shape successful case strategy from the outset of litigation through the end of an appeal.  Amanda is a detail-oriented lawyer who represents her clients with passion, stays current on emerging trends and issues, and brings a practical perspective to problem solving.  She has a broad range of experience handling complex civil disputes regarding contracts, fraud, tax, insurance, products, employment, real property, and trust and estates.  Amanda is also committed to community service through a number of positions in her State and Local Bar Associations.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Texas: Western, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 9th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Board Certified in Civil Appeals, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Litigation/Appellate Attorney Award, Travis County Women Lawyers' Association (TCWLA), 2019
  • BL Rankings, The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Appellate Practice, 2021
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers®
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Appellate, 2014-2020
    • 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: A Shifting Tide in 2020," Advanced Civil Appellate Practice, TexasBarCLE, September 11, 2020.
  • Presenter, "Use of the TCPA and Rule 91a in Business Disputes: A Shifting Tide in 2020," Business Disputes, TexasBarCLE, September 10, 2020.
  • Guest, “The TCPA’s Impact on Civil Appellate Practice,” Texas Appellate Law Podcast, September 3, 2020.
  • Author and Presenter, “TCPA and 91a,” Advanced Civil Trial, TexasBarCLE, July 15, 2020, August 19, 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.
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