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Amanda Schaeffer



Commercial Litigation

Amanda Schaeffer is passionate about using sharp legal analysis and clear communication to help clients achieve results.  She assists the firm with legal research and drafting and has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal court.  In addition to her law practice, Amanda teaches legal research and writing at the University of Texas School of Law.  Before joining the Texas Law faculty, Amanda was a litigator in the Austin office of Locke Lord, LLP, where her practice covered a broad range of commercial matters.  She clerked for the Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. 

Amanda graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with high honors, where she participated in the Supreme Court and Children’s Rights Clinics and served as a teaching assistant to the legal writing program.  Raised in New Jersey, Amanda earned her B.A. in English from Rutgers University with highest honors. 

Amanda and her husband, Dan, live in Southwest Austin with their two children.  In her free time, Amanda enjoys distance running and indoor cycling, but her most strenuous activity is keeping up with her children’s busy schedules.


State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas


J.D. (with high honors), The University of Texas School of Law, 2008.

·       Order of the Coif

·       Supreme Court Clinic

·       Children’s Rights Clinic

·       Bonnie Arnett Memorial Presidential Scholarship in Law

·       S. Jack and Sophia K. Balagia Presidential Scholarship in Law

·       Vinson and Elkins Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Legal Writing and Research

B.A. (with highest honors), Rutgers University (English), 2003.

·       Phi Beta Kappa

·       Cap and Skull Honor Society (0.5% of graduating class selected)

·       Rutgers College General Honors Program

·       New Jersey Outstanding Scholar, Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar