Amy J. Amundsen

Address:
275 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone:
901.526.6701

Fax:
901.526.6702

E-mail:
amy@ajamundsenlaw.com

Amy J. Amundsen has been practicing Family Law in the Memphis area for 29 years.  During that time she has served as the President of both the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Association Family Law Section and Adjunct Professor of Family Law at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  Ms. Amundsen served as the President of the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, President of the Memphis Bar Association, the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter and Chairman of the Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign.

Education

B.A., Cum Laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (1984)

Dickinson College, Bologna, Italy (1983-1984)

J.D., The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (1987)

Court Admissions

U. S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

State of Tennessee

Professional Certifications

Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2010-present)

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2008-present)

Family Law Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2001-present)

 Alternate Dispute Resolutions (ADR) Credentials

Collaborative Family Law Trained, American Academy of Matrimonial Law (2010-present)

Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator, Tennessee Supreme (2001-present)

Professional Activities

President, Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court (2010-2012)

Chair, Alimony Bench Book Committee, Tennessee Bar Association (2002-present)

Fellow, American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Foundations

President, Memphis Bar Association (2007-2008)

President, The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter (2006-2007)

President, Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Section (1995-1996 and 2005-2006)

President, Memphis Bar Association Family Law Section (1992-1993)

Adjunct Professor of Family Law, The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (2002-2003)

Chair, Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign (2010)

Awards & Professional Honors

Marion Griffin-Francis Loring Award from the Association of Women Attorneys (2007)

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

Professional Publications  

“DOMESTIC ASSET PROTECTION TRUSTS IN DIVORCE LITIGATION,” Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2016.

“A STATE OF CONFUSION AND A NEED FOR CLARITY, THE FALLOUT FROM CULBERTSON I AND II,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2015.

“BALANCING THE COURT’S PARENS PATRIAE OBLIGATIONS AND THE PSYCHOLOGIST-PATIENT PRIVILEGE IN CUSTODY DISPUTES,” Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2015.

“REMOVING THE PARACHUTE:  RECENT TRENDS IN ALIMONY MODIFICATION”, American Journal of Family Law, Vol. 29, No. 3, Summer and Fall 2015.

“YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY- STATE OF ALIMONY IN TENNESSEE”, Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2012.

“Skype Mediation-An Efficient and Cost Effective Approach”, Memphis Lawyer, Vol. 29, Issue 2, page 9.

“OH I JUST GOT SERVED WITH A DIVORCE SUMMONS….HOW TO VALUE YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE”, The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 4, page 28, Winter 2010.

ALIMONY BENCH BOOK, Tennessee Bar Journal, 2002 and each year thereafter
“TEMPORARY MUTUAL INJUNCTION”, Tennessee Bar Journal, Nov, 2001

“SPOLIATION OF EVIDENCE IN DIVORCE CASES: When the Adverse Party Loses, Cancels, or Destroys Evidence”, Wiley Family Law, 1997

“STATE RETIREMENT PLANS-CAN THEY BE DIVIDED AT THE TIME OF A DIVORCE?” Matrimonial Strategist, July 1996

“8 POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROS”, Matrimonial Strategist, February 1995

‘THE PROBLEM OF HEARSAY: HOW TO AVOID ITS ADMISSIBILITY”, Matrimonial Strategist, January 1995

Professional Lectures

COMPLEX DIVORCES INTERSECT WITH TORT ACTIONS, Tennessee Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana, (February 3, 2012)

PARENTAL RELOCATION, Tennessee Association for Justice, Memphis, Tennessee (March 24, 2011)

WHAT IS THAT MEDICAL PRACTICE/ACCOUNTING PRACTICE/DENTAL PRACTICE REALLY WORTH AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT ISSUES,Tennessee Association for Justice, Memphis, Tennessee (March 24, 2011).

WHERE SPOUSES HIDE MONEY, Greater Paralegal Association, Memphis, Tennessee (June 16, 2010)

CASE LAW AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2009, Greater Paralegal Association, Memphis, Tennessee (September 10, 2009)

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CLIENT DURING THESE HARD ECONOMIC TIMES—SOME HELPFUL TAX AND BANKRUPTCY TIPS, LEI, Vail, Colorado (January 3, 2009)

ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE, CECLE, Tunica, Mississippi (March 13, 2008)

NOW I KNOW THE RETAINER WAS SET TOO LOW…HANDLING DIFFICULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, ABA Family Law Section, Memphis, Tennessee (October 12, 2007)

WHATS HOT IN DOMESTIC LAW: A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (August 21, 2007)

DOMESTIC LAW UPDATE, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (October 12, 2006)
DOMESTIC LAW UPDATE—DISTRICT ATTORNEY, MBA, Cookeville, Tennessee (September 7, 2006)

HOT TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS, ABA Family Law Section, Honolulu, Hawaii (August 6, 2006)

GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL COURTESY AND CONDUCT, AIC, Memphis, Tennessee (March 14, 2006)

TAX CONSIDERATIONS IN DISSOLUTION ACTIONS, SES, Memphis, Tennessee (September 10, 2003)

A ROADMAP THROUGH TENNESSEE DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS, NBI, Memphis, Tennessee (May 28, 2003)

ALIMONY BENCHBOOK, TBA Annual Convention, Chattanooga, Tennessee (June, 2002)

CHILD SUPPORT ISSUES WITH SHARED PARENTING, MBA John Dice Seminar, Memphis, Tennessee (February, 2002)

ALIMONY BENCHBOOK, Tennessee Judicial Conference, Montgomery Bell, Tennessee (October, 2001)

FAMILY LAW—HOT TOPICS, MBA John Dice Seminar, Memphis, Tennessee (January, 2001)

GUARDIAN AD LITEM LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (March, 2000)

FAMILY LAW UPDATE, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Memphis, Tennessee (November, 1999)

FAMILY LAW UPDATE, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (September 24, 1999)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE LAW, UT, Memphis, Tennessee (August 6, 1999)

UCCJA & UCCJEA, NBI, Memphis, Tennessee (June 23, 1999)

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (March 31, 1999)

TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING & DIVORCE IN TENNESSEE, NBI, Memphis, Tennessee (February 2, 1999)

DOMESTIC RELATIONS, TTLA, Memphis, Tennessee (November 21, 1998)

LEGISLATIVE OVERVIEW, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (August 19, 1998)

FAMILY LAW IN TENNESSEE, NBI, Memphis, Tennessee (July 16, 1998)

DOMESTIC LAW IN TENNESSEE, NBI, Memphis, Tennessee (Jan. 16, 1998)

CUSTODY AND VISITATION IN TENNESSEE, TBA, Memphis, Tennessee (November 21, 1997)

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE IN FAMILY LAW, MBA, Memphis, Tennessee (September, 19 1997)

DOMESTIC LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, TBA, Destin Florida (July 14, 1997)

DOMESTIC RELATIONS—FROM A (ADOPTIONS) TO Q (QDRO’S)
AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
, MBA, Hot Springs, Arkansas
(March 21,1997