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Amanda Heitz focuses her practice on defense of product liability and class actions, with an emphasis on 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. 

Amanda is an experienced written and oral advocate, leveraging a significant legal writing background—which includes Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals clerkships to prepare 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. Along with representing clients in active litigation, Amanda is also experienced in preparing amicus briefs on behalf of organizations whose perspectives may enrich a court’s analysis of legal issues.

In addition to appellate and advanced motion advocacy in cases in which she has been involved since their inception, Amanda is also skilled in trial support advocate who can efficiently and effectively immerse herself in new facts and legal issues to support trial teams. Case teams regularly seek her assistance with crucial motion practice, jury instructions, and appellate preservation issues. 

Amanda is passionate about developing the next generation of attorneys and chairs Bowman and Brooke’s Associate Development Committee, where she works with associates and partners to develop training and mentoring programs. She also serves on Bowman and Brooke’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and regularly participates in recruitment and law student outreach. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and being active in the community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Phoenix, a trained Godly Play storyteller, and actively supports the Arizona Theatre 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

    • Lawyer’s for Civil Justice
      —Fellow, 2021
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
      —Judicial Appointment Committee, 2021 – 2022
      —Board Member, 2021 – 2022
      —Amicus Committee, 2021 – 2022
      —Ladder Down Program, 2015
    • DRI
    • State Bar of Arizona
      —Appellate Section Member
      —Appellate Pro Bono Program
       

Distinctions

    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products, 2020 – 2022
      —Named a Rising Star: Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products, 2020 – 2021
      —Named a Next Generation Partner: Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products, 2022
    • 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

  • "Fostering a Diverse Equitable and Inclusive Work Environment," Panelist, Perrin Webinar, January 2022
  • "Legal Traps & Tricks," Presenter, PLAC Fall Conference, October 2021
  • “Preserving Fair-Trial Rights in the Time of COVID and Beyond,“ Co-Presenter, Washington Legal Foundation Webinar, March 2021
  • “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

  • "Preserving Fair-Trial Rights in the Time of COVID and Beyond," Co-Author, Washington Legal Foundation, March 2021
  • "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