Biography

Amanda serves as co-chair of Brouse McDowell’s Litigation Practice Group. As a member of one of the most experienced insurance coverage groups in the nation, she is routinely successful in compelling insurers to honor their coverage obligations. She has substantial experience in both negotiating claim resolution prior to litigation and prosecuting coverage cases against insurers who have denied claims. Amanda has assisted in recovering over one hundred million dollars for policyholders and has expertise in numerous types of coverage disputes, including general liability, construction, directors & officers, property, asbestos, and environmental liability.

Amanda also has substantial experience representing companies of all sizes in their business disputes. Her experience is diverse, and includes employment litigation, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, business torts, and zoning issues. Amanda takes a business-minded approach to commercial litigation so that companies can minimize their litigation costs and the time they must dedicate to resolving them.

Amanda is certified as a Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law by the Ohio State Bar Association and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • Leadership Akron, Class 31, Member
    • United Disability Services, Board of Directors
    • Scanlon Inn of Court, Barrister Member, 2002-2011
    • Akron Bar Association Foundation, Fellow
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Leadership Academy, Class of 2011
    • Ohio State Bar Association’s Insurance Law Committee, Chair, Annual CLE program, 2011-2012
    • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Employment Sub-committee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Federal Bar Association, Member
    • Mobile Meals Foundation, Inc., Former Board Member
    • Torchbearers, Past President and Former Board Member
    • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Former Board Member
    • Akron Bar Association, Former Board Member
    • University of Akron School of Law Alumni Board of Trustees, Former Board Member
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "Insurance Coverage for Emerging Environmental and Energy Risks," Advanced Insurance Coverage Seminar, Akron Bar Association (October 31, 2014)
    • “Ohio Cases Every Property and Casualty Broker Should Know,” Brouse McDowell Annual Insurance Coverage Conference, Independence, Ohio  (October 2, 2014)
    • “Indemnification, Insurance and Bonds," AIA Contracts Seminar, Lorman Education Services, Independence, Ohio (April 15, 2014)
    • "Considerations When a Policyholder is in Bankruptcy," co-author with Suzana K. Koch, Brouse McDowell's Your Coverage Advisor (Spring 2014)
    • "Essential Tools for Brokers and Their Clients" Seminar, Moderator and Course Planner, Akron, Ohio (September 19, 2013)
    • "Recent Developments Affecting Professionals', Officers', and Directors' Liability," Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (April 2013)
    • "Construction Coverage Issues in Complex Insurance Coverage Law Cases," Advanced Insurance Coverage Seminar, Stark County, Ohio (February 22, 2013)
    • "Reevaluating the Insurability of Punitive Damages," co-author with Gabrielle T. Kelly, Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin (February 2013)
    • “Construction Risk Management and Insurance,” Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues, Lorman Education Services, Akron  (January 25, 2013)
    • "Duty to Defend Issues," and course planner, Akron Bar Association Insurance Law "From Basic to Advanced" (October 30, 2012)
    • "Policyholder Leverage and Claims Considerations," Ohio Mechanics' Lien Law Seminar, North Coast Building Industry Association (September 2012)
    • "Construction Coverage Issues and Trends" Moderator and Course Planner, Advanced Issues in Insurance Law, Ohio State Bar Association (August 2012)
    • "Insurance Coverage Causes of Action" and "Calculating and Proving Loss," Insurance Law Seminar, National Business Institute, Independence, Ohio (May 10, 2012)
    • "EEOC Lawsuit Not a Claim under Employment Practices Liability Policy," Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin (October 26, 2011)
    • "Insurance Law Basics" Ohio State Bar Association, Moderator and Course Planner, Columbus, Ohio (August 26, 2011)
    • "The Time-Money Continuum - Prejudgment Interest as an Overlooked Element of Claim Valuation," co-author with Paul A. Rose, Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin (April 2009)
    • “Maximizing Coverage Under the ‘Cause Test’," co-author with Paul A. Rose, Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin  (November 2006)
    • “Insurance Survival in an M&A World - The Impact of Corporate Transactions on the Availability of Insurance for Environmental and other Long Tail Claims," co-author with Keven Drummond Eiber, Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin
    • “Spoliation of Evidence and New E-Discovery Rules," co-author with Christopher J. Carney, Northern District of Ohio Federal Bar Association Newsletter
    • “Bad Faith 101” National Business Institute, Independence, Ohio (September 2008)
  • Representative Engagements
    • Substantial responsibility in environmental insurance recovery litigation where client recovered in excess of $75 million
    • Successfully argued appeal in case involving breach of employment contract
    • Obtained favorable settlement in connection with directors and officers liability coverage litigation
    • Successfully obtained order requiring payment for underlying defense on behalf of corporate policy holder in construction liability coverage dispute
    • Obtained jury trial verdict in first-party property insurance lawsuit
    • Successfully negotiated payment of defense costs by insurer on behalf of numerous corporate policyholders, including in connection with alleged trade secret litigation, construction litigation, and tort matter
    • Successfully defended municipality in zoning matter
    • Defended and resolved several lawsuits involving employment harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
    • Successfully argued appeal before Ninth District Court of Appeals in case involving breach of employment contract
    • Successfully defended international client in lawsuit involving enforcement of a non-competition agreement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and intentional interference with business
    • Defended and resolved litigation involving commercial and residential real estate and title matters
    • Substantial responsibility in ongoing environmental insurance recovery litigation and asbestos insurance recovery litigation
  • Distinctions
    • Certified as a Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
    • Ohio Super Lawyer through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thompson Reuters legal division — 2014, 2015
    • Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under — April 2014
    • Cleveland’s Legal Leaders™ – Top Rated Lawyer in General Practice, Insurance Law, and Labor and Employment — 2013
    • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law and Labor and Employment — 2013
    • Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Mover and Shaker — 2013
    • Rising Star through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thompson Reuters legal division — 2009-2013
    • Featured as one of 15 up-and-coming Northeast Ohio attorneys under the age of 40, in the issue of Inside Business — 2009
    • Recognized as a '30 for the Future' Young Professional by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce — 2009
    • Certified Specialist