Amanda always knew she wanted to be an attorney, but her passion for criminal defense work began during her undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida. During college, she interned with the Public Defender’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2009, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree, Amanda attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. She finished in the top 9% of her class and graduated Cum Laude from law school in 2012. While in law school, Amanda continued her pursuit of criminal defense work and completed a Florida Bar Fellowship with the Public Defender’s Office in the Major Crimes Bureau. During the fellowship, Amanda focused on crimes of a sexual nature as well as Jimmy Ryce cases, gaining valuable experience for her future criminal defense career.
Upon graduating from law school and passing the bar exam on her first attempt, Amanda returned to her hometown of Tampa, Florida, to begin her career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Public Defender’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit. During her three and a half years as an Assistant Public Defender, she represented clients in more than 25 jury trials and more than 40 bench trials.
Active in the legal community, Amanda is a Barrister in the Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court. She is also a member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL), Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), and Hillsborough Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HCACDL).
As an avid runner and fitness fanatic, she is a member of On Track Running Academy (OTRA) and L.O.U.D Runners of Tampa Bay where she runs recreationally with friends. L.O.U.D. (Lifting Others Up Daily) is a running organization that also enjoys giving back to the community. Amanda also paces fellow runners for Beast Pacing.
In addition to her numerous half-marathons, she ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. in 2016 and the Chicago Marathon in 2017. Her next marathons are the New York City Marathon in Fall of 2018 and the Little Rock Marathon in Spring of 2019.
Amanda frequently volunteers at organizations in the Tampa Bay area to include Feeding Tampa Bay, The Humane Society, Girls on the Run Tampa Bay, Trinity Café, Paint Your Heart Out Tampa and Metropolitan Ministries.