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9 years of experience

agraham@ggh-law.com

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Education

  • B.A., cum laude, Troy University (2011)
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (2015)
ABOUT

Amanda grew up in Pell City, Alabama, and still calls Pell City her home. She attended college at Troy University where she was very active in the theatre department. She graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in the top 20% of her class in 2015.

Prior to joining Gaines, Gault, and Hendrix as a law clerk in 2014, Amanda clerked for The Honorable Phil K. Seay, then-presiding Judge of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Now, Amanda’s practice consists mostly of automobile litigation, premises liability, insurance coverage, and general civil claims, and she has defended individuals and companies in this regard in litigations for the past eight years. She also handles pro ami settlements, examinations under oath, and complaints for judgment as a matter of law for various insurance companies.

Practice Areas

  • Automobile litigation
  • General civil litigation
  • Insurance coverage
  • Insurance defense
  • Product liability
  • Pro ami
  • Premises liability
  • Personal injury
  • Workers’ compensation

Notable Trials

  • Julie Payton v. Walmart Stores, Inc.; Circuit Court of Chilton County, Alabama; CV-22-000088
    Granted summary judgment in a case alleging false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress after the plaintiff was allegedly wrongfully detained while using a self-checkout machine at a Walmart store in Clanton, Alabama.

 

  • Michelle Pate, Miriam Tidwell v. Matthew Combs, Combs Broadcasting, Alfa Mutual Insurance Company; Circuit Court of Walker County, Alabama; CV-20-900347.
    Obtained defense verdict in a disputed liability accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Kelvin Gary v. Jamie Hubbert; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-21-903530.
    Obtained defense verdict in a case where the Court found negligence as a matter of law during trial, so the only issue before the jury was causation and damages. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Jerralyn Gadsden v. Elizabeth Ashton Johnson, Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama, Bessemer Division; CV-22-900011.
    Obtained favorable verdict in a low speed, disputed liability accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Antoinette Lewis, as next friend and guardian of A.L., a minor v. Walmart Stores; Circuit Court of Lee County, Alabama; CV-22-900039
    Granted summary judgment in a slip and fall case based on lack of notice to Walmart.

 

  • Scott v. Walmart Stores, Inc.; 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 205985 2022 WL 16927790 (M.D. Ala. 2022); United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Eastern Division; 3:21-cv-742-ECM
    Granted summary judgment in a slip and fall case based on lack of notice to Walmart. Final order can be found here.

 

  • Andre Coleman v. Patrick Benjamin Atkins, Southern Pioneer Property & Casualty Insurance Company; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-20-901875
    Obtained defense verdict in a disputed liability accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Tracy Wortman v. Bruce Edward McDowell, State Farm, State Auto; Circuit Court of Pickens County, Alabama; CV-20-900009
    Obtained defense verdict in a disputed liability and disputed causation accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Bobby Lee Hornbuckle v. Richards Trucking, LLC, Joseph Benjamin Watson; Circuit Court of Etowah County, Alabama; CV-17-900953
    Obtained defense verdict in a disputed liability and disputed causation accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • William David Mabrey v. Jeremy Phillips; Circuit Court of Shelby County, Alabama; CV-19-901258
    Obtained defense verdict in a clear liability accident where liability was stipulated to. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Jamille Hicks v. Michael Alden; Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama; CV-15-901188
    Obtained defense verdict in a disputed liability and disputed causation accident. Reported case summary be be found here.

 

  • Gary L. Ferris v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; Circuit Court of Madison County, Alabama; CV-17-901137
    Obtained favorable verdict for defendant State Farm in a direct third party action.  Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Monica Agee v. Diana Williams, Randy Williams, Kara Company, LLC; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-14-000333
    Obtained Judgment as a Matter of Law in a landlord/tenant dispute for the landlord of a rental property where it was alleged by the plaintiff, a tenant at the time, that she was not given adequate notice of a showing of the house to a potential buyer. Despite lack of evidence that a showing actually took place, and despite evidence showing that none of the plaintiff’s property was missing, damaged, or disturbed, the plaintiff sought damages equal to the value of the home itself and all of the contents inside the home. At the close of the plaintiff’s case in chief, the Defense moved for judgment as a matter of law due to the plaintiff’s failure to prove any compensable damages, and that motion was granted.

 

  • Brandy Payne v. Daniel Wesley Bowen; Circuit Court of Etowah County, Alabama; CV-16-900737
    Obtained favorable verdict in a disputed causation accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

 

  • Arthur Paugh v. Christopher Rawls, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-14-902092
    Obtained defense verdict in a disputed liability and disputed causation accident. Reported case summary can be found here.

Professional

  • Selected for the Future Leaders Forum Class 11 through the Birmingham Bar Association (2019)
  • Appointed to the 19 Amendment Centennial Celebration Task Force through the Birmingham Bar Association (2018-2019)
  • Nominated as a “Lawyer of Distinction” by the ABA Journal for 2018
  • Recognized as a Distinguished Attorney® by Noticed in 2018
  • Former Law Clerk to The Honorable Phil K. Seay, then-presiding Judge of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit of Alabama

Cumberland School of Law

  • Symposium and Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Brief Writer, Cumberland National Moot Court Team
  • Finalist, Robert B. Donworth Moot Court Competition
  • Caruthers Fellow
  • Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities
  • Dean’s List, all semesters
  • Scholar of Merit in Conflict of Laws
  • 3L Representative, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • 3L Representative, Themis Bar Review

Troy University

  • Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities
  • President, Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society
  • Contributor, The Rubicon Student Literary Journal
  • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Member, frequency Jazz Ensemble and Concert Chorale
  • Member, Musical Theatre Ensemble

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Women’s Law Section of the Birmingham Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers’ Section of the Birmingham Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Courts

  • Admitted to practice in all Alabama State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama 2015
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