Amanda J. McKechnie

  • San Diego CA
Amanda J. McKechnie

Attorney/Business Consultant

Work History

Work History
Jan 2014 - Feb 2015

Adjunct Professor

University of San Diego

Currently teaching Business Litigation classes at the University of San Diego (USD).   Develop syllabi, teaching models and peer-to-peer teaching to foster collaborative learning. Encourage a high degree of student involvement through presentation of relevant issues and interactive teaching style. Assist students with research topic selection; edit and evaluate student writing projects; prepare and grade examinations.  Consistently receive excellent evaluations from students.

 

Jun 2014 - Jan 2015

Project Executive

Apostrophe Group, Inc.

Consultant for start-up corporation specifically related to the research and development of personal care line for celebrity client. Worked to refine strategic vision for new product line, and effectively lead project with excellence including problem-solving challenge. Deliver new item development including comprehensive preliminary launch plan that justified major investments. 

Responsible for product development plans, vendor relationship /management, logistics forecasting and various contract negotiations. Continually enhanced the front-end process and conducted effective research to uncover insights to drive development of concepts, packaging offerings, and development of product elements. Daily oversight of design, production and creation of product line.

May 2013 - May 2014

Attorney

Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara

Associate attorney in a large firm (100+ members) specializing in general litigation, business, construction, housing, and real estate law, with a focus on trial preparation and trial. Daily activities included client contact, legal research, depositions, preparing motions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial, and developing litigation budgets. Actively involved in marketing and developing relationships with business owners, national corporations and insurance carriers.

Aug 2010 - May 2013

Attorney

Thomas Lucas

Associate attorney in a mid-size firm, specializing in general litigation, business, construction, housing, and real estate law, with a focus on trial preparation and trial.  Daily activities included client contact, legal research, preparing motions, depositions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial, and developing litigation budgets. Additionally, performed marketing duties and developed business relationships with small business owners, national corporations and insurance carriers.

Jul 2000 - Jul 2010

Partner/Attorney

Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP

Partner in a mid-size firm in Sacramento, California, specializing in general litigation, education, business, construction, housing, and real estate law. Daily activities included client contact, legal research, preparing motions, depositions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial preparation, trial, and developing litigation budgets. Recruiting, hiring and reviewing of associates and staff members. Key role in securing counsel appointments for the firm by several major insurance carriers.

Jul 1999 - Jul 2000

Corporate Development Coordinator

California Community College Athletic Association

Directly worked with top corporations such as Hyundai Motor America, Pepsi Cola Company, Adidas, Wilson, and Blue Diamond in the development of corporate support for the California Besides meeting with top executives for corporate development, assisted the Commission on Athletics with a variety of issues including Constitutional, appeal, and eligibility questions pertaining to the student-athlete.

Aug 1998 - May 1999

Certified Legal Student

Sacramento County Superior Court-Criminal Court

Certified law student working in the criminal courts division of the Sacramento County Superior Court. During the year of participation, I represented hundreds of clients in various misdemeanor matters under the supervision of a managing attorney.

Education

Education
Sep 1996 - May 1999

Juris Doctorate, Law

University of the Pacific- McGeorge School of Law
Sep 1992 - May 1996

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ

Skills

Skills

Communication

writes clearly and concisely, speaks effectively, listens attentively, openly expresses ideas, negotiates/resolves differences, leads group discussions, provides feedback, persuades others, provides well-thought out solutions, gathers appropriate information, confidently speaks in public

Interpersonal Skills

works well with others, sensitive, supportive, motivates others, shares credit, counsels, cooperates, delegates effectively, represents others, understands feelings, self-confident, accepts responsibility

Organizational Skills

handles details, coordinates tasks, punctual, manages projects effectively, meets deadlines, sets goals, keeps control over budget, plans and arranges activities, multi-tasks

Management Skills

leads groups, teaches/trains/instructs, counsels/coaches, manages conflict, delegates responsibility, makes decisions, directs others, implements decisions, enforces policies, takes charge

Awards

Certifications

The Lauren and J.J. Herron Foundation Scholarship

Given for leadership, scholarship and community service in San Diego.

Academic Athlete of the Year Award


U.S. Army

The Coca-Cola Leadership Scholarship


Coca-Cola

The James Edward Duncan Scholarship (2 year recipient)

University of Arizona, Department of Journalism

Finalist Mock Court Competition


McGeorge School of Law

References

References

Judge Ronald Domnitz (Ret.) San Diego County Superior Court, Family Court Presiding Judge

I have known Judge Domnitz for 30+ years. He has been a mentor to me both personally and professionally. Contact information: Telephone: 619-660-2155, Email: rdomnitz@yahoo.com I

Lisa Corr, (Partner) Young, Minney & Corr, LLP

Lisa is a partner at my previous law firm in Sacramento. I worked with Lisa on a daily basis for 10 years. Contact information: Telephone: 916-801-7268, Email: lcorr@mycharterlaw.com.

Sarah Gillespie, Paralegal for Travelers Insurance

Sarah was my assistant for several years while I was an attorney at Middleton, Young & Minney. I hired Sarah to provide support staff for the firm and work on behalf of three attorneys. I was her direct supervisor. Contact information: Telephone: 916-690-0953, Email: sarahmaegillespie@gmail.com

Erika Bjork, (Vice-President) Marketing and Communications for Sacramento Republic FC

Erika is well respected marketing professional in Northern California. I have assisted Erika on several occasions with a variety large scale events in the community. Contact information: Telephone: 916-606-4554, Email: eabjork@aol.com