Amanda is a 2014 graduate of WMU Cooley School of Law. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree from Franklin College in 2002, she pursued a career in communications, working in advertising and marketing, and specializing in the newspaper industry. As she watched the internet and social media begin to change the way people receive information, Amanda recognized a desire for personal change as well. She returned to school full-time and earned her JD in 2014 while raising two children as a single mother.
With a desire to advocate on behalf of those in difficult family situations, Amanda focused her early practice on domestic relations law, including divorce, custody, and parenting time cases. She completed over 100 hours of mediation training and added alternative dispute resolution to her tools for tackling the most difficult cases. She specializes in matters involving parties who live in different states.
Amanda has also developed a criminal practice handling both misdemeanor and felony level offenses. She is regularly appointed to represent indigent defendants in many local district courts and in the 17th Circuit Court. She has a winning trial record having obtained not guilty verdicts on charges of domestic violence, larceny, assault, and more.
As an added resource for her clients, Amanda also offers estate planning services for all walks of life. She offers an array of products and services from basic wills to Medicaid asset protection trusts and can help you understand which products are right for you.
Amanda is active as a member of the state and local bar, a panelist for the Grand Rapids Bar Association Lawyer Referral System, and as a volunteer for Mediation Services. She serves on the Board of Directors for Kentwood Baseball League and sponsors a team each season. She is an animal lover and sponsor of the C-Snip spay and neuter agency. Her children are active in baseball, basketball, water polo, and swim & dive and her oldest is an honors student at Kentwood Public High School. The family attends Kentwood Community Church.