As an appellate specialist, Amanda Waske focuses on civil appeals in both state and federal courts. She assists Zausmer clients with all aspects of an appeal, including applications for leave to appeal, appellate motions, appeallate briefing and oral argument, and framing issues and preserving the record in the trial court.
Amanda has a broad understanding of both substantive legal principles and the legal process. She uses these skills to set up her clients for success on appeal, persuading courts that her arguments should prevail as a matter of law. Having spent several years working for appellate judges, Amanda understands how judges think and approach an issue, and can construct arguments that will have the best chance of success.
Before joining Zausmer, Amanda gained significant appellate experience with the Michigan Court of Appeals. Initially working in the research division, Amanda later served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathleen Jansen. Amanda gained experience through her review of lower court records, legal research, and drafting bench memoranda for no-report cases. Her writing prowess was further developed as she drafted and edited both published and unpublished opinions for Judge Jansen. Amanda has drafted opinions on a wide variety of cases, including claims for first-party or third-party no-fault benefits, property disputes, criminal appeals, family law, custody and adoption proceedings, termination of parental rights, tax litigation, zoning and regulation, and challenged decisions or operating procedures of municipalities.
- State of Michigan
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
DePaul University College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2016
- CALI Award of Excellence for highest grade in LARC III, Nonprofit Organizations, and Trial Advocacy I
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2013
- State Bar of Michigan
- Polish American Legal Society
- Women Lawyers Association of Michigan