Amanda Semaan



Amanda Semaan is a litigator who has a wide range of experience helping corporate clients resolve complex disputes. She primarily represents employers defending wage-and-hour, discrimination and other California employment law claims. She also represents manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food products and other consumer products in product liability disputes, and has experience in multiple aspects of Proposition 65, including compliance, responding to notices of intent to sue, litigation, and settlement.
Amanda is skilled in all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions and briefs; handling discovery; and preparing for and attending trial.

Past Experience

Before joining the firm, Amanda worked as a litigation associate with Arnold & Porter and served as a judicial extern for Justice Dennis Perluss in the California Court of Appeal.

Before her legal career, Amanda worked in the California JusticeCorps Program.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


UCLA School of Law
J.D. Journal of Law and Technology (career forum chair) (2013)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
B.A. in Communication Studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2009)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • New California Laws for 2024 and Beyond: What Employers Should Know 
    Republished in Employee Benefit Plan Review, February 2024, Vol. 78, No. 2
  • A Review: The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law
    Author, American Bar Association, Jan. 2018
  • Top 5 Tips for a Powerful Demonstrative in Medical Drug and Device Trials
    Co-author, Trial Practice Newsletter, ABA's Section of Litigation, March 1, 2017
  • Attorney Fee Awards in Mixed Result Cases
    Association of Business Trial Lawyers Northern California Report, 2015

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues
  • CPRinsights – A blog providing practical insights on legal trends affecting retailers and consumer product manufacturers and distributors

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • LACBA Domestic Violence Project
  • Represented distressed homeowners in a matter involving the unlawful collection of advance loan modification fees 

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2023-24
  • The Recorder — California Legal Awards “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” 2023
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Award, 2021
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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