Amanda Taylor
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Amanda G. Taylor

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Amanda Taylor is a Board Certified Civil Appellate specialist who routinely assists trial counsel and represents clients in both district and appellate courts across Texas.  Amanda excels at taking a complex topic, breaking it into manageable parts, and then presenting to the bench in a pragmatic and persuasive manner.  She relishes the opportunity to apply this skill to cases presenting issues of first impression or where the case outcome will likely have a statewide impact. 

Amanda proves herself an asset to the trial team by tackling dispositive legal issues and navigating through procedural and jurisdictional hurdles.  Amanda also enjoys developing strategic solutions to difficult problems, keeping trial counsel informed about how the latest precedent may impact a pending case, and advising about the rights, deadlines, and procedures to appeal.  

In the appellate courts, Amanda handles everything from perfection of appeal to full briefing and oral argument in appeals from final judgments, interlocutory appeals, and original proceedings such as mandamus actions.   Amanda has also been called upon by amicus parties to present briefing on matters of interest.  Interlocutory appeals (pursued immediately while the remainder of the case remains pending at trial) are of particular interest to Amanda, and she has frequently written and presented on this topic.

The subject matters of Amanda’s practice are widely varied, which keeps her energized.  They include disputes regarding: contracts, business organizations, shareholders, fiduciaries, trusts, the Texas Citizens’ Participation Act, real property, franchise and sales tax, employment, fraud/misrepresentation, consumers, and high-asset divorces.

Personally, Amanda places high value on the duty to practice law with candor, professionalism, and civility.  She is a leader of and volunteer for several Bar Association projects, and she actively mentors younger lawyers.

Related Practices

Professional Activities and Memberships

Austin Bar Association

- Board of Directors, Director (2015-current); Liaison (2011-13).

- Civil Appellate Section, Secretary/Treasurer (2016-17); Council Member (2014-16); Member (2007-current)

- Foundation Fellow (2016-current)

- Gala Committee, Auction Chair (2016-17).

- Mentorship Committee, Co-Chair (2015-16)

- Civil Litigation Section, Member (2007-current)

- AYLA, Member (2007-current)

- Women’s Resource Fair, Adoption Day, Holiday Baskets Project; Volunteer (multiple years)


Travis County Women Lawyers Association

- Board of Directors, Member (2011-13)

- President (2010-11)

- President-Elect (2009-10)

- Secretary (2008-09)

- Foundation Fellow (2010-current)

- Mentorship Program, Committee Member and Mentor (2014-16)

- Member (2007-current)

- Color of Justice; Volunteer (multiple years)


State Bar of Texas

- Pro Bono Committee for the Third Court of Appeals, Member/Case Screener (2016-current)

- Foundation Fellow (2014-current)

- Civil Appellate Section, Member (2008-current)

- Civil Litigation Section, Member (2008-current)


Baylor Law School Alumni Association

- Austin Steering Committee Member (2016-current)

- Mentorship Program; Volunteer (2016-current)

- Member (2012-current)

- Assistant Coach to TYLA Moot Court Competition (2017)


Women in the Law Institute at Texas Law

- Faculty Member, Communicate with Impact (2017)

Awards and Rankings

Selected to Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers - Appellate, 2014 - 2017

Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Civil Appeals by Texas Lawyer,  2012 - 2014

Related News
Publications and Presentations

Interlocutory Appeals, SBOT Civil Appellate Practice 101 (Sept. 2014, Sept. 2016); Austin Bar Assoc. (Oct. 2014); Bell County Bar Assoc. (March 2015); Tarrant County Bar Association (April 2015).

Mentorship: Why it Matters and How to Do It, SBOT Leaders’ Conf. (July 2016).

So You Have a Verdict, Now What? Perfecting & Pursuing a State Civil Appeal, Co-authored with D. Todd Smith; TCWLA (April 2012); Austin Bar Assoc. (May 2012), CAFTA (Aug. 2012); SBOT Webcast (Feb. 2013).

Administrative Case Law Update, 8 Tex. Admin. L.J. 1 (Spring 2007).

Education

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, Cum Laude, 2004

- Executive Editor, Law Review

- Administrative Law Moot Court Team - Winner: Best Brief

B.A., Vanderbilt University, Political Science and Sociology, Cum Laude, 2001

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court, Western District of Texas