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Amanda Heitz focuses her practice on defense of product liability and class actions, including at trial, as well as advanced motion and appellate litigation. She advocates for clients across multiple industries, including automotive, consumer product, and medical device manufacturers in claims involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, property damage, consumer fraud and breach of contract claims. She also has substantial experience in toxic tort and asbestos claims. 

She is an experienced written and oral advocate, leveraging a significant legal writing background—which includes Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals clerkships— and in her cases regularly takes on primary drafting responsibility for essential motions and briefings. From preliminary motions to dismiss on purely legal grounds to comprehensive dispositive and appellate briefing in cases with voluminous factual records, Amanda has experience preparing and arguing critical motions at every phase of a case. In addition to managing litigation from its inception, Amanda is skilled in efficiently and effectively immersing herself in new facts and legal issues as case teams regularly seek her assistance with crucial motion practice. 

In her trial practice, Amanda routinely handles party, fact, and expert witness depositions and trial testimony, as well as assists in preparing corporate representatives to testify. She regularly coordinates strategy relating to all aspects of damages within a claim and has co-authored articles and presented on challenging the amount of billed medical expenses in relation to plaintiff damage claims. 

Amanda is passionate about developing the next generation of attorneys, regularly participating in recruitment and law student outreach as well as serving on Bowman and Brooke’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In her free time, Amanda and her husband Stephen enjoy spending time with their son, volunteering with their church and supporting the Arizona Theater Company.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2008
  • New Mexico, 2020

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2008
    Editor-in-Chief, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., 2005
    magna cum laude

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
      —Ladder Down Program, 2015
    • State Bar of Arizona

Distinctions

    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products, 2020
    • —Named a Rising Star: Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products, 2020
    • Bowman and Brooke Trial Skills College
      —Outstanding Closing Argument, 2020
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Southwest Rising Stars, 2016 — 2018

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • “AZ Update on Product Liability Law,” Co-Presenter, ACC Arizona CLE Luncheon, July 2019
  • "Challenging Billed Medical Expenses," Presenter, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Advocacy Luncheon, October 2015

Publications

  • "Keeping the Judicial Law Clerk on Your Side," Author, DRI For The Defense, February 2020
  • "Bowman and Brooke Phoenix Attorneys Defend Imperiled Offer of Judgment Rule," Co-Author, Legal Alert, May 2019
  • "Arizona Supreme Court Rejects "Generalized Duty," Consequences May Follow,” Co-Author, Client Alert, May 2018
  • "Arizona Supreme Court Re-Affirms Comparative Fault for Successive Tortfeasors," Co-Author, Client Alert, July 2016
  • "Supreme Court Hands Defense A Narrow Class Action Win, But Declines To Require “Real World Injury” To Show Standing In Statutory Violation Cases," Co-Author, Client Alert, May 2016
  • "Arizona Supreme Court Upholds the Validity of Learned Intermediary Doctrine in Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceuticals," Author,Client Alert, January 2016
  • "Arizona Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Whether to Uphold Learned Intermediary Doctrine," Author, Client Alert, November 2015
  • "Is Abbot v. Banner Heath the Win that Signals the Loss?: Rethinking Medical Damages in Arizona," Co-Author, Common Defense, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Summer 2015
  • "Challenging Billed Medical Expenses," Co-Author, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, November 2014

Clerkships

  • Arizona Supreme Court, Honorable Robert M. Brutinel, 2011 – 2012
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Honorable Philip G. Espinosa, 2008 – 2010