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Amanda Hettinger

Partner

St. Louis
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Amanda is a litigator and highly experienced trial team leader for Fortune 500 companies facing class actions and complex business disputes.

Amanda's career focuses on helping companies effectively respond to class actions and multi-district litigation related to consumer fraud allegations, particularly the disclosure aspects of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, as well as navigate complex commercial disputes. Amanda has a national practice where she regularly successfully argues motions and appeals, drafts briefs securing the dismissal of multimillion dollar lawsuits, resolves significant tax disputes with state and local taxing authorities, defends companies before arbitration panels, and reviews and drafts legislation aimed at resolving legal issues with a broader public impact.

She also represents public sector entities with constitutional issues and related litigation surrounding pension reform efforts, including the City of St. Louis' high-profile victory regarding the $50 million overhaul of its firefighter pension program.

Proactively collaborating with in-house counsel, Amanda creates effective litigation strategies and plans for the larger impact of litigation on a company's business practices and products. She keenly understands that more than just a litigation outcome is at stake, taking time to understand how litigation strategies align with a company's business model, including immersing herself in the industry at issue so she can connect with key internal stakeholders, from engineers to marketing/sales to business analysts, who may be affected by the litigation.

Amanda also pays close attention to legal spend when directing litigation teams, ensuring efficiency, accuracy, and attention to detail across multi-disciplinary teams of attorneys, paralegals, technologists, and external vendors.

Amanda serves as a vice-chair of the Firm's Business Litigation Practice Group and a co-chair of the Firm's Diversity Committee.

Represented a Fortune 20 company in complex multi-year litigation regarding municipal tax obligations.

Represented a national telecommunications company in multi-state consumer merchandising practices litigation.

Represented one of the country's largest liquor distributors in a high-profile franchise and competition dispute.

Represented one of the country's largest public pension systems in a securities and contract action, including blue sky claims, against one of the world's largest custodial banks.