Amy grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1998. During her time as a student, she served as a notes and comments editor on the University of Florida Law Review. Amy joined the firm following graduation from law school and has since become a partner in the firm’s litigation department.
Business litigator and advisor
Amy has experience litigating various types of business disputes, including contract, shareholder, and partnership disputes, as well as real estate, construction, and insurance coverage cases. Amy has successfully prosecuted and defended appeals and has argued before the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Florida Second District Court of Appeals. Amy also has extensive experience with creditors’ rights issues, including commercial foreclosures, navigating bankruptcies, and advising clients on various collection methods and procedures.
In addition, Amy devotes a portion of her practice to employment law, not only litigating employment disputes, including EEOC administrative claims, but also advising employers on avoiding such claims before a termination or dispute occurs. Amy also litigates, drafts and advises clients on non-competition agreements.
Amy embraces the philosophy of the firm by seeking to resolve disputes in the most efficient manner possible with an emphasis on achieving the desired results with the least amount of expense and upset to the clients’ business. Amy seeks to understand her clients’ business and advise each client of all available options, including dispute resolution opportunities, always keeping her clients’ best interest at the forefront of every case.
Probate and Trust Litigation
Amy works closely with the firm’s estate planning attorneys in complex probate, trust and guardianship disputes, representing the beneficiaries or the fiduciaries, and advising fiduciaries who face potential disputes. A key factor in Amy’s approach to litigating will and trust contests is her recognition that understanding and managing family dynamics is important to achieving resolution.
Amy is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court mediator. Amy’s experience as a litigator has resulted in her involvement in a broad range of commercial business disputes and probate and trust matters. This litigation experience and knowledge of the law provides Amy with the tools necessary to successfully mediate litigation matters involving commercial, as well as probate and trust, disputes. Amy understands that the alternative dispute resolution process is often the best way, both emotionally and financially, to resolve a case for parties involved in litigation. Amy does not give up when faced with difficult parties or complex legal issues during mediation, and she will work hard to resolve the dispute to all parties’ satisfaction.
Amy lives in Seminole Heights with her husband. Amy also volunteers as a pro-bono attorney for children in the Hillsborough county foster care system through the charitable organization, Crossroads for Kids.
- Florida State University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1994)
- University of Florida (J.D. with high honors, 1998)
- Order of the Coif
- Notes and Comments Editor: University of Florida Law Review
- AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
- The Florida Bar (1998)
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1999)
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida (1999)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2000)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2003)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (2008)
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida (2008)
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida (2008)
- The Florida Bar
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- St. Petersburg Bar Association
- Business is Business: Recognizing Referral Relationships as Legitimate Business Interests Protectable by Restrictive Covenants in Florida, The Florida Bar Journal, March, 2008