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Amanda Jane Proctor

Shareholder

Amanda Proctor handles a wide array of family law, commercial litigation, and general litigation matters, including:

  • Divorce
  • Complex property division
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Guardianship over the child
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Adoption
  • Name change
  • International child abduction
  • General litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction law
  • Banking and financial services litigation

amanda proctor shareholder at young wells

Amanda grew up on the Reservoir in the suburbs of Jackson, Mississippi.  She is a shareholder at Young Wells Williams and has over eleven years of experience handling domestic relations matters – both inside and outside the courtroom.

Amanda is a 2002 graduate of Northwest Rankin High School. In 2006, Amanda earned degrees in English and Mathematics from the University of Mississippi. During her undergraduate years at Ole Miss, she was a Taylor Medalist, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and graduated with summa cum laude distinction. Amanda was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Honorary.

Amanda then pursued her law degree at Ole Miss, where she was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal and graduated first in her class. She was the recipient of the Lamar Order Scholarship, the Mississippi Bar Family Law Section Scholarship, the Martha Wilson Gerald MWLA Scholarship, among many others. Amanda won thirteen Outstanding Student Awards in law school, including Family Law in the fall semester of 2007. She earned first place in the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence’s 2008 Law Student Writing Competition with Breaking Into the Marital Home to Break Up Domestic Violence: Fourth Amendment Analysis of ‘Disputed Permission’, published in Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, 2009 Issue, Vol. 17, No. 2, and National Association of Women Lawyers’ Women Lawyers Journal, Fall 2008 Issue, Vol. 93, No. 4.

In her practice, Amanda strives to use her unique skills of advocacy, research, and empathy, applying them to her client’s particular legal question.  Family law can be challenging, and meeting those challenges is Amanda’s passion and pursuit.  Amanda is active within the Mississippi Bar, currently serving as a member of the Family Law Section’s Executive Committee.  She has spoken at numerous family law functions, including the 2nd Family Law Panel hosted by the Family Law Society of Mississippi College School of Law and the 16th Annual Family Law CLE hosted by Professor Deborah Hodges Bell.

She was honored as one of the 2016 Class of Portico 10 and received the 2018 Pro Bono Award from the Mississippi Volunteers Lawyers Project.  Amanda spends time away from work chasing after her three sons.

Education

  • B.S., B.A., Taylor Medalist, summa cum laude, 2006, The University of Mississippi 
  • J.D., summa cum laude, 2009, University of Mississippi

Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – first and only female fellow in MS

  • Vice-Chair, Family Law Section of Mississippi Bar  (8/2020 – present)

  • Secretary, Family Law Section of Mississippi Bar  (8/2019 – 7/2020)

  • Member at Large, Family Law Section of Mississippi Bar  (8/2016 – 7/2019)

  • Member, Jackson Young Lawyers – since 2009

  • Member, Capital Area Bar Association – since 2009

Appellate Work

  • Baumann v. Baumann, No. 2019-CA-01216-COA (Miss. Ct. App. Sept. 29, 2020)
  • Bruton v. Bruton, 162 So.3d 872 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Collins v. Collins, 188 So.3d 581 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015) – included oral argument
  • Cruz v. Jackson Cnty. Dep’t of Human Servs., 133 So.3d 335 (Miss. 2013)
  • Doe v. Doe, No. 2015-CA-00652-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 2017) – included oral argument
  • Houston v. Houston, 121 So.3d 283 (Miss. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Huseth v. Huseth, 135 So.3d 846 (Miss. 2014)
  • Jackson v. Jackson, No. 2017-CA-01077-COA (Miss. Ct. App. Mar. 19, 2019)
  • Mitchell v. Mitchell, 180 So.3d 810 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Noone v. Noone, 127 So.3d 193 (Miss. 2013)
  • Robinson v. Brown, 58 So.3d 38 (Miss. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Smith v. Smith, 206 So.3d 502 (Miss. 2016)
  • Voulters v. Voulters, 196 So.3d 1019 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Watson v. Watson, No. 2018-CA-01315-COA (Miss. Ct. App. June 2, 2020)

Honors & Publications

  • Honoree, 2018 Pro Bono Award from the Mississippi Volunteers Lawyers Project
  • Honoree, 2016 Class of Portico 10 
  • Author, Breaking Into the Marital Home to Break Up Domestic Violence: Fourth Amendment Analysis of “Disputed Permission”, 17:2 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 139 (2009)
    • Won First Place in the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence’s 2008 Law Student Writing Competition
    • Also published as an excerpt in National Association of Women Lawyers’ Women Lawyers Journal, Fall 2008 Issue, Vol. 93, No. 4, at 17 

CLEs & Presentations

  • Presenter, Financial Planning Association Luncheon – Jackson, MS (2017) 
  • Panelist, Mississippi College Family Law Panel – Jackson, MS (2016) 
  • Presenter, Electronically Stored Information: A Road Map for Family Law Practitioners 16th Annual Family Law CLE – Jackson, Oxford, and Biloxi, MS (2012)
  • Guest speaker, Mississippi College Family Law class – various dates

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi

Admitted

2009

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