Amanda West Abshire


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  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, JD, cum laude, Lead Articles Editor, Catholic University Law Review, 2008
  • Clemson University, BS, summa cum laude, 2004
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Board of Visitors, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Board Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2009-2011

Amanda focuses her practice on business litigation, business torts, contractual disputes, and employment law. She has experience arguing motions and drafting trial and appellate court briefs. Amanda also has jury trial experience examining lay and expert witnesses.

Amanda has worked for three federal judges. She served as a law clerk to Judge Barbara Milano Keenan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to Chief Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. She also served as an intern to Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

In law school, Amanda served as president of the Women’s Law Caucus. She is a recipient of the Comment of the Year Award from the Catholic University Law Review and the Kathryn J. DuFour Scholarship for Leadership & Academic Achievement. As an undergraduate at Clemson, she earned department and general honors from the Calhoun Honors College, the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, and the James C. Carlisle Scholarship for Achievement in Psychology.

Amanda served as an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she has taught a class on judicial opinion writing.  She currently serves as a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors.

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Amanda Abshire
T: +1 704 343 2196F: +1 704 444 8764201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

Defense of national bank in mortgage-related disputes relating to the National Bank Act.

Representation of two radio stations in dispute involving breach of contract and tortious interference with contract.

Counsel to national grocery chain regarding employment policies and state and federal compliance.

Representation of national bank in misappropriation of trade secrets case.

Defense of national bank against Fair Credit Reporting Act claims.

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017

Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award 2012

Co-author, The Impact of the May 2013 Montana “Blueprint” on the Sexual Harassment-Related Obligations of Colleges and Universities, NACUANOTES Vol. 11, No. 12, published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys, June 14, 2013
Author, "The Georgia Legislature Strikes With A Vengeance: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions and the Deterioration of the Ex Post Facto Clause," 57 Cath. U. L. Rev. 239, 2007
Moderator, "E-Discovery and Ethics," The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, April 11, 2013