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Amanda G. Butler

Senior Associate

Amanda is a Senior Associate with Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Inc. P.S. Her practice involves all aspects of municipal and school defense litigation, including employment and labor law, law enforcement/civil rights, premises liability, personal injury, and land use.  She is also an expert in litigation avoidance strategies in order to best serve her clients.

Amanda successfully represents her clients in Washington State Superior Courts, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Amanda served as a law clerk for the Complex Litigation Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Representative Cases

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the City of Leavenworth in a case involving First Amendment challenges to the City's sign, design, and theme codes.  The Court granted summary judgment to the City on all claims, and denied summary judgment to Plaintiffs on their claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the City of Bainbridge Island in a multi-million dollar land use case involving claims under 42 U.S.C. - 1983 brought by nine waterfront property owners. The Ninth Circuit upheld the trial court's dismissal, and the United States Supreme Court denied Appellants' Petition for Certiorari.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the Port of Seattle in a case involving claims that officers violated the Eighth Amendment by failing to administer medical aid while Plaintiff was in custody.
  • Obtained defense verdict for the University of Washington in a Title IX case.
  • Obtained defense verdict for the University of Washington in an employment discrimination case.
  • Obtained defense verdict for the University of Washington in a Family Medical Leave Act case.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the City of Shoreline in a lawsuit involving the constitutionality of an adult entertainment ordinance.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the City of Puyallup in a lawsuit involving claims of negligent investigation and supervision on the part of the police department.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the City of Lake Stevens in a lawsuit involving claims of false arrest and use of excessive force.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for the City of Tukwila in a lawsuit involving law enforcement and civil rights.

Presentations

"Spaghetti on the Wall Approach, What Does and Doesn't Stick" (Monell and Individual Liability under 42 U.S.C. - 1983 & State Law Torts), Police Liability Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, February 2013

"Qualified Immunity: The Unclearly Established Meaning of 'Clearly Established,'" Police Liability Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, February 2014

Education, Recognition, and Honors

  • In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Amanda was named a “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine.  Less than 2.5% of Washington lawyers are selected for this honor.
  • In 2010, Amanda was recognized as the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Associate of the Year.
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington
  • Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law (cum laude)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
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