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 is a results oriented matrimonial lawyer who is highly skilled in listening to her clients, identifying their goals and then navigating through the process to a satisfactory resolution.  With over 30 years trial experience, Amy uses her legal expertise to assist her clients in making those decisions including which process is best to achieve their results.  Amy supports the collaborative law process when appropriate for her clients.

Amy’s clients value her integrity and honesty in handling their cases and her cost-efficiency in resolving their issues in a less stressful manner.  Her passion for the law makes her a thorough lawyer who cares about her clients.  Amy is certified as a Trial Advocate, Mediator and as a Collaborative Family Lawyer.

Amy has extensive experience in international and domestic divorce cases, business valuation, trusts, complex property analysis, alimony, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, custody and child support.  Her peers have recognized Amy with the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer award which is the highest honor bestowed on a Memphis lawyer for her integrity and commitment to professional courtesy and conduct and received the Justice Joseph W. Henry award for her outstanding article published in the TN Bar Journal in 2017.  Amy has also received the Marion Griffin-Francis Loring award from the Association of Women Attorneys which is the highest award given for her outstanding contributions to women in the legal profession.

Amy is a Diplomate of the prestigious American College of Family Trial Lawyers, being one of two Diplomats in TN and one of 100 Diplomates in the country.  She is also a Fellow of the prominent International Academy of Family Lawyers and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers where she co-chairs the Legislation committee and serves on the Board of Governors.

Amy chairs the Tennessee Alimony Bench Book for judges and lawyers and authors a couple of chapters that was first published in 2002 and supplemented each year, and is a speaker on family law matters.

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

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

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