Amanda is an innovative attorney who works to diligently understand her clients’ industries and businesses in order to provide proactive and effective solutions. She assists educational institutions with internal investigations and hearings, including Title IX, sexual misconduct, and civil rights investigations, and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. Her experience also includes representing large and small businesses in civil and criminal investigations, contract disputes, business torts, constitutional issues, and antitrust matters in state and federal courts. Amanda counsels clients facing a variety of sensitive and complex issues with a focus on efficiently resolving problems and implementing best practices.
Amanda’s prior experience includes serving as a Civil Rights Investigator for the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at the University of Virginia. In this role, Amanda conducted prompt, thorough, impartial, and equitable investigations of prohibited sex discrimination and harassment; drafted Title IX policies and procedures; and served as Acting Title IX Coordinator for Title IX hearings. Amanda began her career as a Trial Attorney in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she handled numerous matters in federal district and bankruptcy courts throughout the country. Her unique background also includes working as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Amanda has helped clients through all stages of civil and criminal investigation and litigation, including initial case assessment and strategy, written discovery, hearings, depositions, and trials.
Amanda enjoys working in the Charlottesville community, where she represents innovative local businesses and non-profits, serves on the board of community organizations, and maintains an active pro bono practice.
Professional and Civic Activities
- Board Member, Georgia’s Friends, 2018-Present
- Volunteer and Speaker, DisruptHR Charlottesville, 2019-Present
- Volunteer, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Election Protection project, 2020
- Committee Member, Jazz4Justice at UVA, 2018-2019
- Treasurer, Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, 2016-2018
- Litigation Section Co-Chair, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2013-2014
- Volunteer, International School of Charlottesville
- Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
- Member, Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
Presentations and Publications
- Workshop Presenter, “Conducting Title IX Hearings: the technology, the process, and the personnel,” 7th Annual Solving the Campus Sexual Assault & Dating Violence Puzzle International Conference; NC State University Counseling Center, December 2020
- Speaker, “End Maternity Leave: What You Can Do To Combat The Motherhood Penalty;” DisruptHR Charlottesville, May 2019
- Article, “Five Small Ways You Can Combat the Motherhood Penalty;” Ms. JD, August 2018
- Featured in Article, “10 Associates on the Secret of Success;” Law360, December 2015
- CLE Presenter, “Antitrust Risks in E-Commerce Pricing and Distribution;” Strafford, March 2015
- Article, “Minimizing Antitrust Risk in M&A Transactions;” National Law Review, November 2014
- Article, “Three questions for the third week of the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial,” National Law Review, June 2014
- Article, “Antitrust Laws Are Rapidly Changing in Latin America,” National Law Review, August 2014
Honors and Awards
Selected to the Washington, D.C. Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017, 2018
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- Served as External Hearing Officer and decision maker for private institution, including implementing hearing procedures in compliance with the 2020 Title IX regulations, making factual findings, and drafting written determinations.
- Served as Title IX hearing chair for large, public university, including advising on factual and procedural issues arising in hearings and effectively communicating orally and in writing with all stakeholders to ensure fair and orderly functioning of hearings.
- Drafted Title IX, sexual misconduct, student conduct, admissions, and employment policies for public and private colleges and universities, K-12 institutions, and non-profits.
- Drafted antitrust portions of cross motions for summary judgment in case involving allegations of monopolization, exclusive dealing, and discount bundling, leading to complete victory for client on all issues in pioneering antitrust decision.
- Represented individuals and entities in corporate internal investigations, including coordinating internal investigation of an indicted software company and representing an executive of a multinational corporation in a large FCPA investigation.