“Before joining Werksman Jackson Hathaway & Quinn LLP, I was a solo practitioner criminal defender – and that taught me to be fearless.”
Amanda Carter | Associate
Amanda Carter is a fearless advocate. Prior to joining Werksman Jackson Hathaway & Quinn, Amanda represented clients as a solo practitioner, primarily in state criminal matters. Because she frequently interacts with district attorneys, city attorneys, judicial officers and court personnel in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, Amanda can confidently provide competent and fierce representation for all clients.
During law school, Amanda worked as a Certified Legal Intern for the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, where she helped defend clients who were facing serious felony allegations. In her final year of law school Amanda worked as a Senior Clinician in the school’s Criminal Defense Clinic. This is when she realized her passion for the practice of criminal defense and the satisfaction she felt when she defended the constitutional rights of others.
Amanda is originally from Tampa, Florida and was admitted to practice law in Florida in 2014. Following the Florida Bar Exam, Amanda relocated to California and was admitted to the California Bar in 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida where she competed and served on the board for the Trial Advocacy Team.
Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida | J.D. 2014 | J.D. Trial Advocacy Team 2012-2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 2010
- Amanda’s client, a small-business owner, was criminally charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney with misdemeanor hit and run and filing a false police report. Based on a complaint filed by the City Attorney, Amanda’s client faced more than a year in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines. Amanda aggressively fought the charges, and following an extensive legal and factual evaluation, exposed significant legal problems with the City Attorney’s case. After Amanda convinced the City Attorney that her client was innocent of the alleged crimes, the City Attorney dismissed all charges against his client. Proceedings terminated.
- Amanda Carter recently defended a college student facing serious DUI accusations. Because of Amanda's early, vigorous and tenacious representation, Amanda was able to convince the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office to reject a filing of criminal charges against her client. Case closed.
- In 2017, a successful owner of a national trucking company was accused of seven misdemeanor charges – all related to alleged hazardous material and other vehicle code violations. The charges were initially filed in 2008, but due to inadequate notice, the client was not apprised of the charges against him until more than ten years later. Client was facing up to one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. After meeting with Amanda and being presented with her arguments, the City Attorney dismissed all charges against her client. Proceedings terminated.
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida - 2018
- US District Court for Central District of CA – 2017, CA – 2015, FL – 2014