Amanda E. Seitz
Amanda Seitz is temporarily on a full-time client Secondment.
Amanda Seitz joined Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office in 2017 as a litigation associate. Amanda focuses her practice on representing clients in connection with government enforcement actions, internal investigations, compliance matters, and complex commercial litigation. Amanda also maintains an active pro bono practice.
During law school, Amanda served on the board of the Chicago Law Foundation, a student-directed, not-for-profit group that awards grants to law students who devote their summers to working in the public interest. Amanda worked as a legal intern with the St. Louis County Counselor’s Office. Prior to law school, Amanda interned at the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago.
- Represented an investment adviser in an SEC enforcement proceeding related to disclosure and risk control issues.
- Advised a private equity client in analyzing potential Securities Act violations and remedies, including rescission.
- Representing a global pharmaceutical company in litigation in the Northern District of California asserting claims under the Lanham Act against competitors' false and misleading marketing of unapproved drug products as FDA-approved generics for client's NDA-approved prescription drug.
- Representing a global pharmaceutical company in DOJ investigation concerning alleged violations of the False Claims Act and FDA Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Assisting private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies to identify, assess, and mitigate corruption, sanctions, and money-laundering risks related to various transactions and investments, including subsequent compliance monitoring of acquired portfolio companies and compliance program uplifts.
- Assisting private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies to identify, assess, and mitigate litigation risks related to various transactions and investments.
- Representing private equity sponsor in post-closing dispute involving representations and warranties, fraud, insurance coverage, and other deal-related issues.
- Representing a global agricultural company in conducting an internal investigation into accounting and trading issues after external auditors’ receipt of a whistleblower complaint.
- Conducted investigation on behalf of a large non-profit hospital group into allegations of financial fraud by former chief executive officer.
- Represented medical device supplier in internal investigation relating to Medicare billing requirements and adequacy of compliance controls.
- Represented a global company in connection with an anti-corruption and ethics focused risk assessment.
- Represented three mutual fund investment advisers against claims of excessive fees under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940.
- Advising a European-based life sciences company in assessing and mitigating its U.S. corruption and regulatory risk.
- Conducted an internal investigation for a global oil and gas company regarding potential FCPA violations.
- Part of trial team that represented plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against a state-run juvenile treatment facility, alleging violations of the Eighth and Fourteen Amendments arising out of excessive and punitive use of solitary confinement and fixed mechanical restraints. Ropes & Gray, along with co-counsel Children's Rights and Disability Rights Iowa, litigated the case through a two-week trial in federal court, securing sweeping injunctive relief under the Fourteenth Amendment and the appointment of a monitor. Team was awarded firm-wide 2020 Pro Bono Team Award.
- Obtained asylum for Angolan man persecuted on account of his ethnic group and/or imputed nationality in immigration court.
- Co-author, “Remote Control: Best Practices for Litigating and Investigating During COVID and Beyond,” Ropes & Gray Alert (July 29, 2020)
- Co-author, “Liu v. SEC: Supreme Court Places Limits on SEC Disgorgement,” Ropes & Gray Alert (June 23, 2020)
- Co-author, “Former Alstom Executive Found Guilty in FCPA Trial,” Ropes & Gray Alert (November 12, 2019)
- JD, The University of Chicago Law School, 2017
- BA (History & Secondary Education), summa cum laude, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2014; Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s List
Admissions / Qualifications
- Illinois, 2017