Amy J. Amundsen

Address:
275 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone:
901.526.6701

Fax:
901.526.6702

Amy J. Amundsen is a Partner in the Memphis law firm of Rice, Amundsen and Caperton, PLLC, for over 30 years. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College. She is board certified as a Family Law Trial Advocate through the National Board of Trial Advocacy, certified as a Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator through the Tennessee Supreme Court, and trained as a Collaborative Family Lawyer. Ms. Amundsen is a Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and a Fellow in both the International Academy of Family Lawyers and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Currently, Ms. Amundsen is co-chair of the Legislation Committee and member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Amundsen serves on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Section, Memphis Collaborative Alliance, and the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court. Since 2001, Ms. Amundsen, as founder and chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Alimony Bench Book Committee publishes an annual Alimony Bench Book for the bench and bar.

Ms. Amundsen has served as the President for each of the following organizations: Memphis Bar Association, Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Association Family Law Section (two terms), and Chair of the Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign and the 2019 University of Memphis Law Pillars of Excellence.

AWARDS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award from the Memphis Bar Association (2018)

Justice Joseph W. Henry Award, TBA – Kingsport Annual Conference (June 2017)

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 FALL OUT 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”, American Journal of Family Law, Vol. 29, No. 3, Summer and Fall 2015.

MUTUAL TEMPORARY INJUNCTIONS IN DIVORCE CASES”, Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2012.

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

OH NO 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

“MUTUAL TEMPORARY INJUNCTIONS IN DIVORCE CASES”, 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

RECENT PROFESSIONAL LECTURES

HIGH CONFLICT DIVORCE CASES – CUT TO THE CHASE, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, Tennessee (May 15, 2019)

ALIMONY BENCH BOOK 17TH EDITION UPDATES, Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis, Tennessee (March 27, 2019)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRUST AND DIVORCE. DON’T TRUST ANYBODY BUT THE TRUSTEE, Memphis, Tennessee (March 13, 2019)

TRUSTS AND DIVORCE, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 1, 2017)

TAX ISSUES IN DIVORCE, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 1, 2017)

THE COLLISION OF TRUSTS & DOMESTIC LAW: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, MBA 2017 Estate Planning Series, Memphis, Tennessee (October 24, 2017)

KIDS IN THE LAW: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW, University of Memphis Building Strong Brains Together: “Understanding ACEs and ECE Best Practices,” Memphis, Tennessee (March 24, 2017)

HOT TOPICS IN ALIMONY, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 1, 2016)

ETHICS FROM THE BENCH AND BAR, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 1, 2016)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, National Business Institute, Memphis, Tennessee (November 10, 2016)

LEGAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, National Business Institute, Memphis, Tennessee (November 10, 2016)

DANCING WITH OUR NEIGHBOR: SPOUSAL SUPPORT GUIDELINES IN CANADA AND THE US, American Bar Association Family Law Conference, Quebec, Canada (October 20, 2016)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN YOU HANDLE DIVORCES, Affordable CLE Tennessee, Maximus, Memphis, Tennessee (March 22, 2016)

THE UNIFORM VOIDABLE TRANSACTIONS ACT: THE HIDDEN GEMS, program coordinator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Nassau, Bahamas (March 14, 2016)

USING MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS IN TENNESSEE CUSTODY CASES: THE CULBERTSON CASE, Webinar, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo (February 25, 2016)

HOT TOPIC FROM THE BENCH AND BAR, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 4, 2015)

ETHICS FROM THE BENCH AND BAR, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 4, 2015).

STARTING A FOREIGN AFFAIR, producer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, Illinois (November 7, 2015).

TEN TIPS TO ASSIST YOU WITH UNDERSTANDING ALIMONY IN TENNESSEE, Tennessee Association of Legal Services, Nashville, Tennessee (June 26, 2015)

ALIMONY IN TENNESSEE AND SOME TRENDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, Memphis Bar Association, Destin, Florida (May 9, 2015)

COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW, A NEW CONCEPT TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS, Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Tennessee, (April 15, 2015)

TAX TIPS IN FAMILY LAW CASES, CECLE, Memphis, Tennessee (March 18, 2015)