With a background in corporate compliance and litigation, Partner Amanda Walker assists global and innovative companies grow their businesses and resolve disputes. Amanda focuses her practice on government and internal investigations, corporate counseling, intellectual property, data privacy, and business disputes. Amanda works with clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, fashion, hospitality, telecommunications, and entertainment. She provides efficient and practical advice and never loses sight of what best serves her clients’ needs and goals.
Prior to founding WSC, Amanda was a Counsel in WilmerHale’s Investigations and Criminal Litigation practice group.
Amanda’s accomplishments have earned her recognition as a Southern California Super Lawyer and, previously, consistent recognition as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is involved with the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Women's White Collar Defense Association, International Trademark Association, International Network of Boutique Law Firms, and has an active pro bono practice, representing unaccompanied minors in asylum cases. She has also presented to various groups regarding issues facing innovating and emerging businesses.
Amanda attended Yale University before obtaining her law degree from USC, where she served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Southern California Law Review. During law school, she completed an externship for Judge Charles R. Breyer of the District Court for the Northern District of California.
Amanda spent two years in Ningbo, China on a Yale-China fellowship. She has also lived in Argentina, Uruguay, and Spain.
Investigations and Compliance
Amanda advises clients on compliance issues, including compliance with the FCPA. She represents global companies and individuals in government and internal investigations. She has extensive experience conducting witness interviews, including in Spanish, and conducting meetings with the DOJ, SEC, and other agencies to resolve her clients’ complex and high-stakes matters.
One of Amanda’s notable successes was securing declinations from both the DOJ and SEC on behalf of her client Cisco Systems, Inc. in a high-stakes FCPA investigation. Read Article
Amanda works with clients to identify compliance risks, including assessing their compliance programs and improving the programs and related procedures for consistency with industry best practices. She also navigates government requests of her clients, including responding to subpoenas and search warrants.
Corporate Counseling and Data Privacy
Serving as outside, in-house counsel for growing companies of all sizes, Amanda represents clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and agreements, developing effective intellectual property strategies, developing and implementing corporate policies, addressing compliance issues, and resolving disputes. She also helps clients prepare for and respond to risks presented by evolving data security and privacy obligations by developing corporate policies and procedures and advising on best practices. With an emphasis on understanding the intricacies of her clients’ business, Amanda navigates innovating clients through the various stages of their growth to ensure their needs and goals are met and to assume and resolve their challenges.
Amanda’s practice spans a wide range of intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other business transactions. She devises and implements intellectual property strategies tailored to her clients’ needs to protect their assets and brands, develop their IP portfolios, and stop infringement and brand dilution. Amanda advises on the acquisition, enforcement, and defense of intellectual property rights, including by conducting trademark and copyright prosecution, responding to any opposition or challenges, monitoring trademarks, and growing brands internationally, including overseeing relationships with international local counsel when needed. Amanda also represents clients in intellectual property disputes, including all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through to resolution.
Amanda partners with Immigrant Defenders Law Center to represent unaccompanied minors in asylum cases, giving a voice to children who would otherwise be forced to endure immigration court alone.