While in law school, Amanda worked with in-house counsel at The Western Group, Inc., a national specialty contracting company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. While working with The Western Group, Amanda helped develop a litigation prevention training program for company branch managers that highlighted frequent problem areas arising in construction contracts with regard to Contractors and Subcontractors. She also wrote several columns on case law development in the area of construction law for publication in The Western Group, Inc. newsletter. Amanda was a member of the St. Louis University School of Law Mediation Clinic where she gained certification as a mediator. Through the clinic, Amanda conducted Landlord-Tenant mediations at the St. Louis City Circuit Court. Prior to joining Hennessy & Roach, Amanda was an attorney with Amelung, Wulff, Willenbrock & Pankowski, P.C., where she practiced in the areas of workers compensation and civil litigation.
- DePauw University, B.A., American History, 2003
- St. Louis University School of Law Intl. Summer Program, Madrid, Spain, 2004
- St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2006
- Admitted to Practice, Missouri, October 2006
- Admitted to Practice, Illinois, May 2007
- The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Missouri Bar Association
- St. Louis University School of Law Student Bar Association Representative, 2004-2006
- St. Louis University School of Law Public Interest Law Group Chairperson
SIGNIFICANT ARBITRATION DECISIONS
- Jeff Andes v. St. Louis Furniture Transfer Co. (08-109643)
Missouri claimant alleged he was permanently and totally disabled and demanded additional medical treatment–both psychological and pain management for a complicated left elbow fracture requiring three surgeries and partial bone removal. Mediation revealed our trial exposure as for permanent total disability due to a combination of his low intellectual functioning, which was not a hindrance to his employment before our accident, and the accident at hand. The Administrative Law Judge recommended a settlement for $200,000.00 or 50% of our permanent total disability exposure. We made a pre-trial offer of $100,000 and obtained surveillance three days before the trial. The surveillance at one point showed him extending his arm above his head, turning a steering wheel and holding a garden hose. On cross examination at trial he was asked very specific questions on his capabilities mirroring what we had him doing in the surveillance and he denied the ability to do every single thing. At trial, the judge found he was not credible. She awarded 55% of the arm, 7 weeks disfigurement, and 5% BAW for a depression component to the claim, less a credit for an advancement we had extended on permanency, for a total of $45,122.88.
- Timothy Abernathy v. AT&T (07 WC 39884)
Petitioner alleged a head injury from falling off a customer’s front porch. However, the records indicated the Petitioner actually had a syncopal episode. Prior to trial, we had attempted to negotiate a disputed settlement for $15,000.00 full and final, but this was rejected with opposing counsel demanding payment of related medical expenses and reimbursement of a group health carrier’s lien. The Arbitrator at trial found the claim was not compensable and awarded zero benefits.
- Linda McLeary v. ArvinMeritor (04-084132)
Missouri claim that was accepted as a lumbar strain/sprain but after MMI Claimant went on to have two fusion surgeries and incurred $277,836.66 in medical bills. She also sought mileage reimbursement over $6,000 and back TTD over $16,000. Claimant alleged at trial that she was permanently and totally disabled against the Employer. At trial, the Administrative Law Judge agreed that the surgical treatment was not causally related and awarded only PPD for strain/sprains to the shoulder, neck and back amounting to $12,694.08. Commission affirmed permanent total decision of Administrative Law Judge.