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Amanda Shafer Berman

Partner


Amanda Shafer Berman is a partner in the Environment & Natural Resources and Litigation groups in the Washington, D.C. office. She is a lead member of the firm’s Appellate Practice group, as well as a member of the Education Practice and the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group.

Amanda draws on her extensive appellate and district court experience to achieve successful outcomes for clients in a wide variety of environmental and non-environmental litigation. She also advises clients on climate change issues, including existing and anticipated greenhouse gas emissions regulations. Amanda’s recent work at Crowell & Moring includes:

  • Obtaining dismissal of a challenge to a municipal water authority client’s expansion of a dam and reservoir, and the ongoing defense of that decision before the 10th Circuit;
  • Representing several chemical company clients in defending challenges to pesticide products before the 9th Circuit;
  • Successfully defending, in the 5th Circuit, a favorable decision below on behalf of a major beverage company in a trademark suit;
  • Representing an Ivy League university in several challenges to student disciplinary decisions brought under Title IX in federal district court;
  • Securing and maintaining an injunction barring application of a tariff on utility-grade solar panels at the Court of International Trade on behalf of a solar developer client;
  • Representing a college in regard to claims arising out of a student suicide;
  • Representing an aircraft manufacturer before the D.C. Circuit in litigation addressing the EPA’s first-ever greenhouse gas regulations;
  • Obtaining dismissal of breach of contract and discrimination claims brought against a local university in connection with its lease of property to a food vendor (D.D.C.);
  • Briefing on behalf of a railroad client in the 4th Circuit in defense of the dismissal of tort and contract claims; and
  • Successfully arguing before the 4th Circuit on behalf of an asylum-seeker, resulting in a precedential decision addressing several important points of immigration law.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Amanda served as a senior attorney in the Department of Justice’s Environmental Defense Section. She briefed and argued over a dozen cases in the federal Courts of Appeals, winning all matters in which a decision was rendered. These included seminal environmental cases defending the Obama Administration’s first greenhouse gas regulations for industrial sources as well as the “Clean Power Plan,” which Amanda defended in argument before the en banc D.C. Circuit.

Amanda is a five-time recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Excellence, and sits on the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee. Early in her career, she briefed appellate cases, conducted internal investigations, and litigated in numerous federal courts as an associate at another leading law firm.

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (2001) cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2004) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Appointed to the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures (2017-2020 term)
  • Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law (2007-2013)

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