University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1995
Brown University, B.A. in History, 1989
Five years of leading teams of lawyers in some of Texas’s most important appeals as an Assistant Solicitor General provided Amy with critical insights that she has further developed in private practice. As a result, she is frequently retained in high-stakes appeals arising out of suits both by and against governmental entities. She retains her belief in teamwork, encouraging trial lawyers and clients to remain actively involved in appellate proceedings.
Amy also keeps an active pro bono docket in challenging cases. In the Yearning for Zion Ranch case, for example, Amy obtained through a writ of mandamus from the appellate courts a result that legions of trial lawyers had been unable to achieve—the return of over 400 children to the custody of their mothers in what was the largest child-protection case in United States history. Amy pursued the case out of a simple desire to help separated mothers and children who could not afford legal representation. But that and other high-profile pro bono cases have also substantially increased Amy’s stature in the eyes of the Texas judiciary, enhancing her success in representing clients in a variety of appellate matters outside the pro bono arena.
At the beginning of her career, Amy served as a briefing attorney for Justice Craig Enoch of the Supreme Court of Texas. Amy argued her first case to the Supreme Court of Texas as a second-year associate, winning a hard-earned victory against a veteran Supreme Court practitioner – current firm colleague Doug Alexander. These days, they try to be on the same side whenever possible.
Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Appellate Litigation, 2021-2022
Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2021
Selected to Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and Top 50 Lawyers in Central / West Texas, by Thomson Reuters
Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2023
Austin Appellate Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Pro Bono Award, 2015 – Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Frank J. Scurlock Award for pro bono accomplishments, 2019 – State Bar of Texas
Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005