Amanda helps her clients navigate the legal and emotional intricacies that impact the preservation of family and personal wealth through multiple generations. Amanda also advises her clients on legal strategies to address family and monetary problems with an aim towards protecting her clients' assets and minimizing both their legal risks and their tax and other financial liabilities. If family discord leads to litigation, however, Amanda is an experienced and savvy advocate for her clients in matters associated with estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation. Her clients include high net worth individuals, beneficiaries, and families; private and charitable foundations; family offices; and individual and corporate fiduciaries. A substantial number of Amanda's clients are high net worth women who have either inherited significant wealth or who have independently built and grown significant wealth. Amanda understands the delicate interplay between the transition of wealth and the preservation of the family unit, through her work as an attorney advising high net worth individuals and families on estate, tax, and wealth planning and business succession planning matters.
Amanda's knowledge of the law is recognized by her peers and various state legal organizations and associations which regularly invite Amanda to speak, publish, and instruct other attorneys on topics including estate, wealth, and tax planning, will and trust disputes, fiduciary litigation, trust and estate litigation, and charitable trust and nonprofit issues. Recognized as a legal influencer by Lexology, Amanda recently received the Content Marketing Award in Q4 of 2018 for her work on the firm’s trusts and estates litigation blog, At Your Bequest. She has served as an expert witness in Pennsylvania courts in areas associated with estate and trust litigation, including fiduciary surcharge disputes. Amanda is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Council for the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which provides advice and comment to the Pennsylvania legislature on proposed changes to Pennsylvania law associated with real property, probate, and trust-related laws. She serves as a legal adviser to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and also as an adjunct professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, where she instructs on the subject of wealth and transfer of taxation.
Amanda is one of only nine other lawyers in Pennsylvania who is recognized for excellence in and as a leading practitioner in the area of private wealth law by Chambers and Partners within its 2017 and 2018 High Net Worth Guide. Her understanding of complicated tax issues stems not only from her practical legal experience but also from her dual advanced legal credentials. Amanda earned her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her law degree from the Roger Williams School of Law in Rhode Island, where she graduated with honors. Amanda also holds an LL.M. in tax from the Villanova University School of Law Graduate Tax Program, as well as an LL.M. in trial advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she graduated with high honors and was the sole recipient of the faculty award for outstanding achievement in courtroom presentation and performance.