Amanda McGovern specializes in complex business disputes in the United States and internationally. With more than two decades of experience, Amanda has become one of the most respected litigators in South Florida. As noted by Chambers USA, “she has credibility to burn.” – Chambers USA 2018. Whether the matter involves cross border disputes in alternative investment funds, business contractual conflicts or torts, regulatory investigations, or international issues confronting multinational businesses, she immerses herself in thoroughly understanding and then achieving her clients’ goals.
Amanda has handled commercial federal and state jury trials while a partner at Kenny Nachwalter and managed securities and hedge fund litigation (securing complete dismissal of a $64 million lawsuit) involving clients from around the world in both domestic and international forums.
A graduate of Brown University in international relations and the University of Miami School of Law, Amanda has taught, lectured, and written articles on international law. She also chaired the Executive Committee of the International Law Division of the Florida Bar.
Amanda is recognized in Chambers USA, Florida Legal Elite, Florida’s Benchmark Litigators, Florida Super Lawyers, and AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. With Amanda’s educational background (studying in Spain, Ireland, England, and France), language capabilities (speaking English, Spanish, and French), and first-chair experience, there is not a single complex business dispute that Amanda cannot successfully handle.
American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Fall Conference-Latin America & Caribbean Committee, Moderator, “One Cuba Libre, Please”: Havana Club, Bacardi and the Cuban IP Conundrum, October 25, 2017.
National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) 2017 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo, Presenter, CLE Session on Securities Arbitration in Action: A Mock Arbitration Hearing, September 2017.
American Bar Association Americas Forum (Bogotá), Speaker, Law and Technology: WhatsApp & Uber: Are Governments Being Left Behind?, November 2016.
American Bar Association Americas Forum (Bogotá), Speaker, The Cycle of M&A Transactions in Latin America– Doing the Deal, Regulatory Requirements and Post-Completion Risks Such as Expropriation, November 2016.
55th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, Speaker, The Ugly American: How Cultural Bias Impacts U.S. Businesses When Negotiating Abroad, May 2016.
Recognitions and Honors
Recognized in the 2017 and 2018 Edition of Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation (Florida)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, 2018 Edition
Diversity’s Paradigm Shift Makes for Better Law Firms, Daily Business Review, November 22, 2017
The Slants: Is This the Beginning of the End for Political Correctness, Daily Business Review, June 26, 2017
“Amanda McGovern offers an impressive commercial dispute resolution practice, handling litigation and arbitration in South Florida and internationally. One impressed source avers: “She has credibility to burn and she is also quite deft at knowing when to use the hammer versus the glove in a way that maximizes her ability to persuade and negotiate.” – Chambers USA 2018
“Amanda McGovern is highly regarded for her experience in bankruptcy disputes, shareholder derivative actions, and hedge fund litigation, among other areas. “She is a powerful presence in negotiations, and makes arguments forcefully while also looking for common ground.” – Chambers USA 2017
University of Miami School of Law, JD
Brown University, BA in international relations