Ms. Benedict is an experienced appellate advocate and litigator with a broad spectrum of experience.
As an appellate advocate, Ms. Benedict has represented clients before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and successfully obtained Cert. review at the United States Supreme Court. She has submitted in excess of 200 appellate briefs, in a wide range of matters including maritime, criminal, professional liability, corporate, and family law.
Ms. Benedict's litigation practice includes both defense and plaintiff representation. As a defense attorney, Ms. Benedict has a good working relationship with several insurance carriers advocating for their insureds in automobile liability, premise liability, and business liability matters. As a plaintiff's attorney, she is passionate about fighting for the rights of cyclists and motorcyclists who fall victim to inattentive motorists.
Ms. Benedict loves the San Diego outdoors. She is an avid cyclist, mountain biker, and motorcycle enthusiast. Ms. Benedict has successfully completed an Ironman triathlon and several half-ironman triathlons. In addition to cycling, Ms. Benedict remains active on playing weekly soccer games, golf, sailing, and MMA training.
Prior to joining WPGC&H, LLC, Ms. Benedict managed her own law practice for six years. Her focus was on civil and criminal appeals, as well as general litigation. Before then, Ms. Benedict worked as a staff attorney at a not-for-profit law firm administering the appointed counsel program for indigent defendants on appeal. Today, she is active in the San Diego County Bar Association, and served on the State Bar Conference of Delegates from 2003-2006. In 2006, she also served as Chair of the San Diego delegation.
Ms. Benedict earned her law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law, where she served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. She earned her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a member of their NCAA women's soccer team.
Ms. Benedict volunteers at POWSD.org, a non-profit group helping veterans with PTSD.
A native of Massachusetts, Ms. Benedict loves the San Diego outdoors. She is an avid outdoor adventurer - cycling, sailing, hiking, and golfing.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2014 Southern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Faculty Member||The Private Defenders, Inc.||2011|
|San Diego Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Chairperson||Conference of Delegates, San Diego County Bar||2006|
|Member of The Year||Triathlon Club of San Diego||2003|
|Attorney||Winet, Patrick, Gayer, Creighton & Hanes, LLP||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, LLP||2012 - 2014|
|Attorney||Klinedinst PC||2011 - 2012|
|Attorney at Law||Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict||2005 - 2011|
|Staff Attorney||Appellate Defenders Inc.||1999 - 2005|
|Paralegal / Law Clerk||Appellate Defenders, Inc.||1995 - 1999|
|Paralegal||Neil, Dymott, Perkins, Brown & Frank, APC||1994 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||2011 - Present|
|The Private Defenders, Inc||Board Member||2009 - 2011|
|Consumer Attorneys of San Diego||Member||2005 - Present|
|California Appellate Defense Counsel||Member||2004 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1999 - Present|
|Appellate Court Committee||Member||1999 - 2009|
|American Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|People v. Buttram (2002) 30 Cal.4th 773||Reversal|
|In re Arturo D/People v. Hinger (2002) 27 Cal.4th 60||Affirmance of conviction|
|People v. Baker (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1217||Affirmance of Conviction|
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|Klinedinst, PC Employment Newsletter||Personal Attendants Who Are Exempt From Overtime Pay Do Not Become Non-Exempt by Performing Healthcare Related Services||2012|
|Klinedinst PC Employment News||Employment Arbitration Agreements Containing Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable||2012|
|(2003) 1 Cal.4th 510||In re Emiliano M||2003|
|(2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 400||People v. Martinez||2003|
|(2002) 30 Cal.4th 773||People v. Buttram||2002|
|(2002) 27 Cal.4th 60||In re Arturo D./People v. Hinger||2002|
|(2001) 98 Cal.App.4th 1217||People v. Baker||2001|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Law and Society||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration||Title IX||2012|
|American Association of University Women||Education and Athletics for Young Women||2012|
|Annual MCLE Conference||Criminal Appellate Law||2011|
|Government & Law - Seniors||Know Your Rights - Teenager's Rights In The Legal System||2009|
|Criminal Defense Bar Luncheon, North County||Making A Record For the Appeal||2005|
|Criminal Defense Bar Luncheon||Recognizing and Addressing Bias In The Legal Profession||2005|
|California Appellate Defense Counsel, San Diego||Using Technology To Work Efficiently||2005|
|Apppointed Appellate Counsel Monthly Luncheon||Dealing with Difficult Clients||2005|