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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, 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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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    11 years
  2. Appeals: 30%
    17 years, 200 cases
  3. Family: 10%
    7 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    17 years



Hourly ($300-400/hour), contingent (30-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Nelson Dicks

    This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


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  • Michael Shemtoub

    Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!


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Contact info

Winet, Patrick, Gayer, Creighton & Hanes, LLP

701 B Street.
Suite. 1725
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Faculty MemberThe Private Defenders, Inc.2011
San Diego Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
ChairpersonConference of Delegates, San Diego County Bar2006
Member of The YearTriathlon Club of San Diego2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWinet, Patrick, Gayer, Creighton & Hanes, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyGates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, LLP2012 - 2014
AttorneyKlinedinst PC2011 - 2012
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Amanda F. Benedict2005 - 2011
Staff AttorneyAppellate Defenders Inc.1999 - 2005
Paralegal / Law ClerkAppellate Defenders, Inc.1995 - 1999
ParalegalNeil, Dymott, Perkins, Brown & Frank, APC1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteN/A2011 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2005 - Present
California Appellate Defense CounselMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
The Private Defenders, IncBoard Member2009 - 2011
Appellate Court CommitteeMember1999 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Buttram (2002) 30 Cal.4th 773Reversal
In re Arturo D/People v. Hinger (2002) 27 Cal.4th 60Affirmance of conviction
People v. Baker (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1217Affirmance of Conviction
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Publication nameTitleDate
Klinedinst, PC Employment NewsletterPersonal Attendants Who Are Exempt From Overtime Pay Do Not Become Non-Exempt by Performing Healthcare Related Services2012
Klinedinst PC Employment NewsEmployment Arbitration Agreements Containing Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable2012
(2003) 1 Cal.4th 510In re Emiliano M2003
(2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 400People v. Martinez2003
(2002) 30 Cal.4th 773People v. Buttram2002
(2002) 27 Cal.4th 60In re Arturo D./People v. Hinger2002
(2001) 98 Cal.App.4th 1217People v. Baker2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of California - Santa BarbaraLaw and SocietyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Title IX 40th Anniversary CelebrationTitle IX2012
American Association of University WomenEducation and Athletics for Young Women2012
Annual MCLE ConferenceCriminal Appellate Law2011
Government & Law - SeniorsKnow Your Rights - Teenager's Rights In The Legal System2009
Criminal Defense Bar Luncheon, North CountyMaking A Record For the Appeal2005
Criminal Defense Bar LuncheonRecognizing and Addressing Bias In The Legal Profession2005
California Appellate Defense Counsel, San DiegoUsing Technology To Work Efficiently2005
Apppointed Appellate Counsel Monthly LuncheonDealing with Difficult Clients2005