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

Civic Involvement

  • The Appellate Project
    • Program Mentor (Mission: Empower law students of color to thrive in appellate law), 2020-Present

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 50 Central/West Texas Lawyer, 2018-2020
    • Top Woman Attorney, Appellate, 2019
    • Texas Rising Star, Civil Appeals, 2012-2014
  • Austin Monthly
  • Larry F. York Mentoring Award, Austin Bar Foundation, 2021

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 in nearly 100 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. 

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, "Three Pack Update on TRAP Amendments, the TCPA, and Sufficiency Standards of Review," UT Law CLE, 31st Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 10, 2021.
  • Quoted, "As Clients' Challenges Continue, Client Service Is More Important Than Ever," Texas Lawyer, May 5, 2021.
  • Presenter, “The Ides of March CLE: Top Ten Appellate Errors Made by Trial Lawyers,” Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section and Civil Appellate Section Joint Remote CLE, March 15, 2021.
  • Author and Presenter, "Update on the TCPA," Advanced Business Law, TexasBarCLE, November 5, 2020.
  • Author and Presenter, "TCPA: A Shifting Tide in 2020," Advanced Civil Appellate Practice, TexasBarCLE, September 11, 2020.
  • Author and 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, October 28, 2020.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Texas Citizens Participation Act: A Practical Bench Guide with 2019 Amendments,” Texas Center for the Judiciary, October 28, 2019
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