Florida criminal defense and personal injury lawyer, Amanda Powers Sellers, has aggressively defended thousands of Florida criminal cases. With over eight years of litigation experience, she has the necessary background to represent criminal and personal injury cases.
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Amanda earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also received a Leadership Scholarship at this University. She continued her advanced education by acquiring her Juris Doctorate at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. During her final year at Stetson she was elected to serve as Chief Honor Court Attorney which further demonstrates her accountability.
Before opening her own criminal defense practice in Florida, she worked for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Public Defender’s Office where she was quickly promoted to supervise the Mental Health Program. Due to her exhibition of outstanding trial techniques and her clear dedication to defending her clients, she was assigned to the Capital Death Penalty Trial Division, representing individuals charged with First Degree Murder who faced the death penalty. Amanda obtained her license to practice law in Alabama in 2006. She practiced personal injury law in the state of Alabama with a top personal injury law firm representing plaintiffs for injury and wrongful death claims before returning to Florida.
Amanda has the ability to develop unique methods for defending a wide range of criminal cases with proven results. Among those, she successfully defended an armed burglary case obtaining a “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity” jury verdict for a client. She has defended many individuals charged with crimes who suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar.
“Individuals who are diagnosed with a mental illness are often times ostracized or forgotten. It is extremely important for people to understand how mental illnesses can affect one’s propensity to get trapped in the criminal justice system. Treatment is key, and knowledge of community resources available to this population can go a long way in the defense of these types of criminal cases.”
Amanda is a seasoned litigator and an aggressive negotiator. With a wealth of experience she has proven that her gentle, but aggressive style of criminal defense litigation consistently achieves results for her clients.
“Being from the south has taught me that I can attract more flies with honey. Negotiating a case requires a unique skill. I am gentle when I need to be gentle and I am tough when I need to be tough. Trial work usually requires a combination of both which comes from years of experience and a true passion for the law.”
Amanda has the skills and experience necessary to aggressively defend complex criminal cases and to fearlessly pursue injury claims on behalf of her clients. Her ability to work with a diverse population is an undeniable asset.
- Florida Supreme Court
- United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
- Alabama Supreme Court
- United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama