Amanda Kay Seals is an associate who represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate litigation. In addition to her substantial business litigation experience, Amanda Kay devotes much of her practice to tort cases at both the trial and appellate level.
Outside the office, Amanda Kay serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Prior to joining the firm, Amanda Kay 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.
Amanda Kay received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, from which she received the school’s inaugural Young Alumni of Excellence Award in 2017. Amanda Kay also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina.
Currently representing investors in securities action arising from largest data breach in American history.
Part of 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 appellate team whose Georgia Supreme Court argument preserved $40 million verdict in products liability case.
Successfully defended a $500 million RICO case filed against twenty 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 successfully defended that dismissal on appeal to 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 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 fourteen county governments in multi-million dollar RICO claim against data company that harvested images of county land records without paying per-page fee. Amanda Kay managed 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
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 different dormitory.
Negotiated favorable settlement for a Fulton County Jail detainee in an excessive force suit against jailers.
Represented numerous transgender Georgians in efforts to secure conforming identity documents and connected dozens of others with volunteer lawyers as Georgia coordinator for Trans Law Help effort.
Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition Chair, 2018–19
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee, 2018
Barrister, Lumpkin Inn of Court, 2017–
Leadership Academy, State Bar of Georgia, 2018
LEAD Atlanta Class of 2017
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
- McNair Scholar
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
- 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
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals