Amanda Kay Seals represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate litigation. Though she has substantial business litigation experience, Amanda Kay currently devotes much of her practice to consumer and business tort cases at both the trial and appellate level, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and business and personal injury. She also has extensive experience in class action cases.
In 2022, Amanda Kay was recognized by the Fulton County Daily Report as a Georgia Lawyer “On The Rise,” an annual listing of the most promising legal minds under 40. From 2019 to 2023, she has been named a Rising Star, an annual honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Georgia under 40 who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Amanda Kay previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel F. Dubina, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Chief Judge W. Keith Watkins, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law and was recognized with the institution’s inaugural Young Alumni of Excellence Award in 2017. Amanda Kay holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina.
Outside of the office, Amanda Kay serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she teaches a course on sexual orientation and gender identity law. Amanda Kay is passionate about her volunteer involvement with Kate’s Club, a nonprofit organization that empowers children and young adults facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. She also serves on the National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of Chi Omega, the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world.
Currently representing sex trafficking victims against hotels that facilitated and participated in their trafficking.
Currently representing liquidators of entities looted by a years-long, multi-jurisdiction Ponzi scheme in claims against an international bank that the liquidators allege substantially assisted in the scheme.
Part of a team that guided Equifax investors to a $149 million cash settlement related to the 2017 data breach.
Part of a team that guided investors to a $50 million cash settlement after allegations that the investors purchased stock at prices artificially inflated by defendant’s misrepresentations about the source of its revenue.
Part of the trial team that won $54 million verdicts over two related trials. Amanda Kay argued nearly every evidentiary objection in both trials and handled arguments regarding jury strikes, jury charges, and a mistrial motion.
Part of the appellate team that preserved a $40 million verdict in a Georgia Supreme Court products liability case.
Successfully defended a $500 million RICO case filed against 20 corporate defendants, alleging conspiracy spanning four continents and four decades. Not only did Amanda Kay and a team of Bondurant lawyers persuade the trial court to dismiss the case, they also successfully defended that dismissal on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Successfully defended a private corporation and its outside counsel in a series of related malicious prosecution suits filed in both state and federal court alleging RICO claims, conspiracy, and violations of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights. Amanda Kay assumed responsibility for arguments regarding the retroactive application of amendments to Georgia’s RICO statute. Ultimately, the Georgia Court of Appeals adopted the Bondurant team’s reasoning, and all cases were resolved at the motion to dismiss stage without any discovery having been taken.
Regularly represents a Fortune 50 retailer in business tort, breach of contract, and intellectual property disputes involving the company’s relationships with vendors and suppliers.
Successfully argued on behalf of the former North American General Manager of a leading European medical products distributor to send an employment-related dispute to arbitration. The Company brought suit against Amanda Kay’s client and opposed efforts to arbitrate the Company’s claims and Manager’s counterclaims, but Amanda Kay persuaded the court that arbitration clause in employment agreement covered these disputes. Amanda Kay then handled settlement negotiations from start to finish, reaching a favorable resolution for her client.
Represented 14 county governments in a multimillion-dollar RICO claim against a data company that harvested images of county land records without paying per-page fee. Amanda Kay managed the electronic discovery process on behalf of the counties, drafted an ultimately successful brief opposing severance of the counties’ claims, and authored the mediation strategy that led to the suit’s favorable resolution.
REPRESENTATIVE PRO BONO WORK
Represents a certified class of juvenile pretrial detainees entitled to special education services who have been denied those services during detention. In addition to certifying the class, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of the class.
Represented Georgia Equality as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock and the related landmark Title VII sexual orientation and gender discrimination cases.
Won reversal of motion to dismiss in Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Georgia inmate in an Eighth Amendment failure to protect claim after the inmate was beaten and stabbed by fellow prisoners following repeated threats and prison’s refusal to transfer the attacked inmate to a different dormitory.
Negotiated favorable settlement for a Fulton County Jail detainee in an excessive force suit against jailers.
Regularly represents transgender Georgians in efforts to secure conforming identity documents and connects dozens of others with volunteer lawyers to do the same.
Barrister, Bleckley Inn of Court, 2019 - 2022
Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition Chair, 2018 - 2019
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee, 2018
Barrister, Lumpkin Inn of Court, 2017 - 2019
Leadership Academy, State Bar of Georgia, 2018
LEAD Atlanta Class of 2017
Honors and Awards
Georgia Rising Star, 2019 - 2023
Fulton County Daily Report “On the Rise,” 2022
University of Georgia School of Law, Young Alumni of Excellence, 2017
- April 28, 2023Law360
- February 10, 2023
- September 30, 2022
- April 29, 2022Fulton County Daily Report
- Amanda Kay Seals and Solesse "Sunny" Altman to Participate in 2022 Leadership Counsel on Legal DiversityMarch 8, 2022
- May 21, 2021
- February 23, 2021Super Lawyers
- David Brackett and Amanda Kay Seals Part of Team Reaching Federal Settlement that Protects the Right to Special Education Services for Detained YouthNovember 19, 2020Imprint News
- July 3, 2020Law360
- July 19, 2019Georgia Equality
- February 19, 2019Atlanta-Journal Constitution
- February 16, 2019Super Lawyers
- March 17, 2017
- Amanda Kay Seals Featured in The Georgia Voice for her Work Assisting Members of the Transgender CommunityJanuary 10, 2017
- September 14, 2016
University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Executive Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review
Winner, Best Note Competition
Outstanding Moot Court Advocate
South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina, BARSC, 2008, summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Law Clerk, Chief Judge W. Keith Watkins, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 2012-2013
Law Clerk, Senior Judge Joel F. Dubina, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-2014
- State Bar of Georgia
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia