Amanda L. Nelson concentrates her practice on appellate work, construction and design defect cases, litigation stemming from construction accidents, and products liability and personal injury cases. She also has extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate litigation, including complex regulatory issues and New York City loft law matters, representing primarily building owners and managing agents.
Amanda’s clients include construction companies, trucking companies, manufacturers, medical practices, commercial landlords, and restauranteurs, among others. She has gained significant trial experience, including first-chair experience, and has helped secure many important wins for her clients.
For example, Amanda played an instrumental role in overcoming a plaintiff’s effort to secure an injunction that effectively would have shuttered a popular New York City restaurant, which would have put approximately 100 people out of work.
Amanda has been involved in dozens of appellate proceedings, including drafting amicus curiae briefs to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the New York Court of Appeals. Her appellate experience ranges from cases centering on property damage to defamation and First Amendment rights to complex lease construction claims, among other issues.
Amanda earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Baruch College of the City University of New York. She earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from New York Law School, where she was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar and an associate editor of the New York Law School Law Review.
- Represented a commercial landlord in a complex rent dispute litigation concerning the method of calculation of annual rent, which resulted in a determination of summary judgment in favor of the landlord, as affirmed by the Appellate Division, First Department.
- Successfully represented a medical practice against the Department of Finance in an Article 78 proceeding, resulting in the annulment of the imposition of over $1,800,000 in real estate taxes.
- Represent construction companies in numerous actions brought pursuant to the New York Labor Law for personal injuries incurred on worksites.
- Obtained dismissal of an Article 78/declaratory judgment proceeding on behalf of a not-for-profit farming cooperative in a matter centered on competing interpretations of an agricultural easement and restrictive covenant.
- Won summary judgment, and then successfully defended the decision on appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department, on behalf of an apartment building managing agent in a personal injury case stemming from injuries that a child allegedly suffered as a result of exposure to lead-based paint. The court, as affirmed, found that our client could not be held liable because it was not on notice that a child resided in the apartment at issue.
- New York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004
- Baruch College The City University of New York, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001
BAR ADMISSIONS : New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court — Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court — New Jersey
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court — Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Member, Defense Association of New York Amicus Committee
- Member, Defense Association of New York Diversity Initiative
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