AMANDA F. BENEDICT was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992, and was a member of their NCAA women's soccer team. Ms. Benedict obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998 from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Ms. Benedict is admitted to practice in California, the United States Federal District Courts in the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Benedict is an experienced litigator and appellate advocate. Ms. Benedict's litigation practice has included both defense and plaintiff representation primarily in automobile liability, premise liability, admiralty and business liability matters. As a defense attorney, Ms. Benedict had a good working relationship with multiple insurance carriers advocating for their insureds in automobile liability, premise liability, and business liability matters. As a plaintiff's attorney, she was passionate about fighting for the rights of cyclists and motorcyclists who fall victim to inattentive motorists. Working on both the plaintiff's side and the defense side has provided Ms. Benedict with a unique objective view of appellate and law & motion issues.
As an appellate advocate, Ms. Benedict has represented clients before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and successfully obtained Cert. review at the United States Supreme Court. She has submitted in excess of 300 appellate briefs, in a wide range of matters including maritime, criminal, professional liability, corporate, Longshore, personal injury, civil rights and family law.
Ms. Benedict has been honored by Super Lawyers Magazine as being among the top five percent of lawyers in San Diego in 2011, 2014 - 2018.
Ms. Benedict loves the San Diego outdoors. She is an avid cyclist, mountain biker, and motorcycle enthusiast. Ms. Benedict has successfully completed an Ironman triathlon and several half‑Ironman triathlons. Ms. Benedict remains active in soccer, golf, and sailing.