Amanda focuses her practice on administrative and environmental law, election and campaign finance, and government relations. Before joining Butler Snow, she served as Counsel to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County
    • Board Member
    • Former Development Committee Member
  • Youth Villages, Mississippi Leadership Council
  • Mississippi Heritage Trust, Past Board Member
  • Christ Presbyterian Church, Oxford, MS
    • Member, Sunday School Teacher and Building Design Team Member

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2019-2021
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, State, Local & Municipal, 2012
  • Star of the Quarter, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2005
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Distinguished Service Award, 2006
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Mississippi Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2007
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Alumna of the Year, 2005-2006
  • Jackson Young Lawyers, Pro Bono Award, 2005-2006
  • Graduate, Leadership Mississippi, 2008
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Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1996
    • Honor Council Chairman, 1995-1996
    • University of Mississippi Law Journal & Moot Court Board, 1994-1996
  • Mississippi State University, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1992

Experience

  • Environmental Counseling and Representation of Clients before Administrative Bodies 
  • ​Ongoing representation of industry clients in agency enforcement actions and in investigating and implementing remedial measures to address contaminated soil and groundwater and related vapor intrusion issues.  
  • ​Currently guiding industry clients through environmental permitting and compliance matters.
  • ​Successfully represented industrial facility before the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board in obtaining and modifying Water Quality Certification and the transfer of various environmental permits and coverages. 
  • ​Successfully represented industrial facility before the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board in an evidentiary hearing in which the Board upheld the issuance and modification of the 401 Water Quality Certification as well as the transfers of multiple environmental permits and coverages to the facility and then removed an additional requirement that the facility conduct on-site mitigation. 
  • ​Negotiation of the purchase of mitigation credits from a local mitigation bank in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
  • Other General Administrative Law Experience
  • ​Prior and current representation of clients in permitting, compliance and enforcement legal issues before the Mississippi Secretary of State, the Mississippi Ethics Commission, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Revenue and Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, the Mississippi State Board of  Medical Licensure, the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy, the Mississippi State Board of Nursing, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks and various other state boards and commissions.
  • ​Providing firm clients advice and counsel regarding state and federal election and campaign finance compliance and legal issues.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “Tips to Transform you into a Tech-Savvy Attorney,” Brdge the Gap: Rule 3 – New Lawyer Program, Basic Skills: Effective Utilization of Technology (S3000), December 6, 2019.
  • Presenter, "Open Meetings, Public Records, and Legal Issues for Municipal Employees Using Social Media," 2018 Small Town Conference, October 24, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Recent Interpretations of Mississippi’s Ethics in Government Law & Political Activity of Public Employees,” Mississippi Bar, Governmental Law Section Teleseminar, October 2016. 
  • Author, “The 10 Year Anniversary of Katrina: Reflections on the Role of Lawyers in Disaster Recovery,” CABA Newsletter, September 2015.
  • Speaker, "The Impact of Recent Federal and State Court Decisions on Local Governments," Mississippi Association of County Boards of Supervisors, June 2015.
  • Speaker, Mississippi Center for Legal Services CLE Presentation on Ethics, Summer 2015.