Amanda Powers Sellers
Founding Partner Amanda Sellers lives in Largo, Florida. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Amanda made Florida her home after graduating from Stetson University College of Law. She is married and has a daughter. She enjoys traveling, fishing, yoga and spending time with friends and family.
Amanda earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in English. She went on to attend Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. There she earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) with a concentration in litigation. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Florida and is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Amanda completed an internship at the Public Defender's Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, where she then began her professional career. She worked as an Assistant Public Defender for seven years, running the mental health and jail diversion program. In addition to assisting mentally ill individuals charged with crimes, she has litigated and successfully negotiated thousands of cases ranging from Driving Under the Influence to First Degree Murder. Amanda is qualified by the courts of our state to represent those charged with Capital Murder for which the State of Florida is seeking the Death Penalty. Amanda left the Public Defender's Office in 2011 to open her law firm with her trial partner and best friend, Jenna Finkelstein.
Amanda has extensive trial experience in state courts and expanded her practice to include federal criminal defense. She recently obtained an acquittal in federal court for a Columbian National accused of Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic over 265 Kilograms of Cocaine in International Waters. Her experience in both state and federal courts handling complex criminal cases has provided her with a unique opportunity to meet a wide range of knowledgeable experts throughout the state of Florida. She calls upon these resources to build her defense teams.
The world is changing with technology thus Amanda is a proponent of the use of advanced technology in the court room when defending a case. She firmly believes that humans are visual beings, and listening to a case is one thing; but if you can bring the case, or the defense, to life, you are engaging jurors in a way that keeps them involved and interested in your defense. Some attorneys are reluctant to use technology in courtrooms, Mrs. Powers Sellers embraces it.
As a passionate advocate, Amanda is aggressive in her representation of her clients. She treats every case as though it is her only case. Amanda is proud of the law firm that she co-founded with her partner. She states, “Our vision was not to bring in as many cases as possible, but to be selective in the cases that we accept. We do not run a cattle call for criminal defense cases. If we did that, we would have a lot of unhappy clients. We stay happy and enjoy what we do because we have happy clients. We have happy clients because we dedicate our vast knowledge and experience to aggressively defending their cases while also dedicating our time to the individual behind the case. Trust is key. If you can't trust your attorney, who can you trust?”