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Amanda Swenson


Amanda focuses her practice in diverse areas of litigation, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and investigations. She maintains an active pro bono practice in humanitarian immigration.


Bar admissionsDistrict of Columbia


Recent Significant Representations


  • Advised large Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company on responding to regulatory enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act
  • Advised two multinational entities on voluntary participation in the California and Oregon Low Carbon Fuels Standards
  • Researched applicability and licensing considerations of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for multinational chemical company
  • Supported environmental due diligence on target of private equity acquisition

Responsible Business and ESG

  • Advised a prominent multinational corporation engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of footwear and apparel on their ESG considerations, with a focus on compliance with evolving plastics regulations in the United States as those regulations align with the international plastics regulatory landscape
  • Advised three S&P 500 multinational corporations, a prominent life science-focused real estate company, a provider of carbon footprint mapping and reduction services, and a foodservice company on compliance with California’s recent climate disclosure legislation (SB 253: Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, SB 251: Climate-Related Financial Risk Act, and AB 1305: Voluntary Carbon Markets Disclosure Act)
  • Monitored developments in local California regulations related to emissions controls on real estate
  • Arabic
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
    • Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law
    • Chapter Director, International Refugee Assistance Project
    • Co-Founder, Michigan Law Ambassadors
  • M.P.P., University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy

Awards and Recognition

  • 2022 Krantz Fellow
  • 2022 S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award for scholastic excellence in international law
  • 2021 S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award for scholastic excellence in international law
  • 2021 Certificate of Merit in European Union Law
  • 2017 Fulbright Research Fellow, Jordan

Pro Bono

As a Krantz Fellow working exclusively on pro bono matters throughout her first year with DLA Piper, Amanda focused her practice primarily on humanitarian immigration matters. She managed drafting, editing, investigating the factual background of and gathering documentation to support filings for affirmative and defensive asylum cases, prepared clients for testimony in affirmative and defensive asylum hearings, served as the first chair and sole attorney representative at one affirmative asylum hearing, advised on strategic considerations related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and I-130 family reunification, investigated the factual background of a Violence Against Women Act self-petition, and through New Perimeter, worked on two different multinational teams supporting multijurisdictional legal research on behalf of UNHCR to advance the work of international institutions working to ensure stronger protections for communities displaced by conflict and by environmental degradation related to climate change.

Amanda has also engaged in New Perimeter’s work by twice supporting DLA’s representation of Georgia at the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, advising a nonprofit organization on advocacy on behalf of small and medium enterprises within the context of the Business and Human Rights Forum, advising a negotiating team in a sub-Saharan African state on various matters related to transitional justice, and advising a GANHRI-accredited sub-Saharan African National Human Rights Institution on strategy in implementing its mandate in a post-conflict situation.  

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Union International des Avocats
  • District of Columbia Bar Association