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Amanda F. Benedict

Amanda F. Benedict

San Diego, California

Ms. Benedict specializes in advising and representing clients and corporations on criminal matters.  Ms. Benedict is also an experienced appellate advocate, representing clients before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  She has submitted in excess of 200 appellate briefs, in a wide range of matters including maritime, white collar crime, and corporate law.

In addition to her criminal and appellate practice, Ms. Benedict represents clients in personal injury matters, advocating on behalf of injured cyclists, businesses in liability matters, and general insurance defense.

Ms. Benedict earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. She earned her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a member of their NCAA women's soccer team.

Ms. Benedict loves the San Diego outdoors. She is an avid cyclist who also enjoys racing triathlons and mountain bike riding. Ms. Benedict has successfully completed an Ironman triathlon and several half-ironman triathlons.  In addition to cycling, Ms. Benedict enjoys playing weekly soccer games, golf, and sailing.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1998
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • B.A. - 1992

Published Works

  • People v. Nychay (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 777
  • In re Sabrina H. (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 1403
  • In re Daniel W. (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 159
  • In re Emiliano M. (2003) 31 Cal.4th 510
  • People v. Martinez (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 400
  • In re Arturo D./People v. Hinger (2002) 27 Cal.4th 60
  • People v. Buttram (2002) 30 Cal.4th 773
  • People v. Baker (2001) 98 Cal.App.4th 1217


  • “Impact of the Title IX Legislation”, Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration (2012)
  • Eighteenth Annual Statewide Conference and Seminar (2011), California Apellate Defense Counsel
  • “Appellate Issues”, The Private Defenders of California Annual Conference, January (2011)
  • “Know Your Rights – Teen’s Rights in the Legal System, La Costa Canyon High School Seniors (2009)
  • “Dealing with Difficult Clients,” Appellate Defenders, Inc., Appointed Appellate Counsel Luncheon (2005)
  • “Recognizing and Addressing Bias in the Legal Profession”, Criminal Defense Bar, South Bay (2005)
  • “Making A Record for Appeal”, Criminal Defense Bar, North County (2005)

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in the San Diego Edition of Super Lawyers® in the Appellate Category
  • Endurance Sports Awards, Triathlon Club of San Diego Member of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Representative to the State Bar Conference of Delegates, 2003 - 2006
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Chair of San Diego Delegation 2006
  • Triathlon Club of San Diego

Past Employment Positions

  • Klinedinst, PC, 2011-2012
  • Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict, 2005-2011
  • Appellate Defenders, Inc., 1999-2005
Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
E-mail the Firm | Irvine Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
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355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
E-mail the Firm | Ontario Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265