Amy J. Amundson

Address:
275 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone:
901.526.6701

Fax:
901.526.6702

E-mail:
amy@ajamundsenlaw.com

Ms. Amundsen guides her clients to resolve their disputes through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, collaborative law, or litigation. She handles a variety of complex matters from property valuation and distribution, alimony, child support, and child custody. Ms. Amundsen strives to limit client cost and enhance opportunities for amicable resolutions.

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 and Training:

National Board of Trial Advocacy (2011-present)

American Academy of Matrimonial Law

  • Collaborative Family Law Trained (2010-present)
    Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator (2001-present)

Bar and Professional Activities:

American College of Family Trial Lawyers

  • Diplomate (2014-present)

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • Fellow (2010-present)

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • Board of Governors (2014-present)
  • Member of AAML Foundation (2015-present)
  • Fellow (2008-present)
  • Co-chair of Legislation Committee (2015-present)
  • Member of Continuing Legal Education Committee (2014-present)
  • Member of Spousal Support Committee (2014-present)
  • Member of Webinar Committee (2014-present)
  • Member of Child Support Special Committee (2015-present)

Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court

  • President (2011-2012)
  • Master Emeritus (2014-present)
  • Master
  • Barrister

Tennessee Bar Association

  • Chair Alimony Bench Book Committee (2002-present)
  • President of Family Law Section (1995-1996),(2005-2006)
  • Member (2002-present)

Memphis Bar Association

  • President (2007-2008)
  • President of Family Law Section (1992-1993)
    The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter
  • President (2006-2007)
    The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Family Law (2002-2003)
    International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member (2014-present)

Memphis Collaborative Alliance

  • Board Member (2014-present)

American Bar Foundation

  • Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation

  • Fellow (2004-present)

Memphis Bar Foundation

  • Fellow

Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign

  • Campaign Chair (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 DIVORCEJournal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, 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, 2016.

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

“REMOVING THE PARACHUTE: RECENT TRENDS IN ALIMONY MODIFICATION (PART II OF II),”  American Journal of Family Law, Volume 29, No. 3, Fall 2015.

REMOVING THE PARACHUTE, RECENT TRENDS IN ALIMONY MODIFICATION: PART I OF II,”  American Journal of Family Law, Volume 29, Number 2, Summer 2015.

“REMOVING THE PARACHUTE: RECENT TRENDS IN ALIMONY,” American Bar Association, Family Law Section Fall 2014.

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

ALIMONY BENCH BOOK, Tennessee Bar Journal, 2002 and each year thereafter

“MUTUAL TEMPORARY INJUNCTIONS IN DIVORCE CASES”, Tennessee Bar Journal, November, 2001

“SPOILATION OF EVIDENCE IN DIVORCE CASES: When the Adverse Party Loses, Conceals, 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

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 TOPICS 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 Alliance for Legal Services, Nashville, Tennessee, (June 26, 2015)

ALIMONY IN TENNESSEE AND RECENT TRENDS, Memphis Bar Association, Destin, Florida, (May 9, 2015)

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

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

TODAY’S ALIMONY, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 5, 2014)

ETHICS IN FAMILY LAW, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 5, 2014)

TODAY’S ALIMONY, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 5, 2014)

ETHICS IN FAMILY LAW, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 5, 2014)

ALIMONY TRENDS IN MODIFICATIONS, American Bar Association Family Law Conference, Stowe, Vermont (October 17, 2014)

SPOUSAL SUPPORT-SHOW ME THE MONEY, Memphis Bar Association, (April 17, 2014)

ALIENATION OR VISITATION RESISTENCE, co-producer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Cancun, Mexico, (March 7, 2014).

10 APPS TO LOOK FOR ON A CHEATING SPOUSES SMART PHONE, Tennessee Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana, (January 17, 2014)

TODAY’S ALIMONY, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 6, 2013)

ETHICS, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 6, 2013)

ADVANCED TRAINING FOR THE FAMILY LAWYER: ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS IN A HIGH CONFLICT CUSTODY CASE, Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis, Tennessee (November 14, 2013)

ADVANCED TRAINING FOR THE FAMILY LAWYER: SUPERVISED PARENTING TIME, Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis, Tennessee (November 14, 2013)

ADVANCED FAMILY LAW-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE HOME AND ETHICS, National Business Institute, Memphis, Tennessee (October 1, 2013)

YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, ALIMONY, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Family Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (December 7, 2012)

IS ALIMONY IN FUTURO ONLY FOR YOUR GRANDMOTHER?, Tennessee Association for Justice, Memphis (June 7, 2012).

DIVORCE AND TORTS-HOW DO THEY INTERSECT, Greater Memphis Paralegal Association, Memphis, Tennessee (February 15, 2012)

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 Memphis 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 (January 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)

Client Testimonials

Amy Amundsen has been such a blessing to my family, my children, and I in aiding my Canadian Lawyer to get my children to me and reunited my family.  She has gone above and beyond with all she and her staff have done.  I cannot thank Amy and her staff enough!  From myself, my family, and my three children, Thank you, Amy!

Kathy B.

 

Amy believed in me on the first day we met.  She gave me the opportunity to be a parent and that has allowed my son an opportunity to succeed in life.  Our lives have changed because of Amy!!!                                                          -Anonymous Client

 

I will forever be grateful to you for all your effort, hard work, and going above and beyond for me.  You saved me from a horrible way of life and put me on the right track!                                                                                                             -Dissolution Client

 

Excellent Service – By far, you and your staff provided the best services to me compared with the previous two firms I have worked with since my divorce in 2009.  Thank you!

-Post Divorce Client

 

You and the firm were so accurate and handled my case with the utmost respect and concern.  I really felt secure and “in good hands.”  My case was handled thoroughly and with extreme knowledge.  I felt that my best interest was the main concern and I learned many valuable lessons from the hard work that was put into my case.

-Former Client

 

The support you gave, your sense of humor, your drive and determination to resolve cases, and your professionalism were truly incredible.

-Dissolution Client