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Amanda E. Heitz

Amanda E. Heitz

Senior Counsel
Phone:602.643.2311
Fax:602.248.0947

Amanda Heitz focuses her practice on civil defense litigation, including trial advocacy as well as advanced motion and appellate litigation. She is an experienced written and oral advocate, leveraging a significant legal writing background—which includes four years clerking in the Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as active practice. Amanda advocates for clients across multiple industries, including automotive, sporting equipment, power tool 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 as well as class actions.

Amanda is an effective advocate, who focuses on explaining complex legal and technical matters in an engaging and understandable manner. 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 her trial practice, she routinely handles 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 a member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and a graduate of its 2015 Ladder Down Program. She is also a long-time member of the Junior League of Phoenix, where she has held numerous leadership positions. In her free time, Amanda and her husband Stephen enjoy spending time with their baby son, volunteering with their church and supporting the Arizona Theater Company.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2008

Court Admissions

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

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

    • 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

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