Amanda first joined the firm in 2018 but paused her practice in 2019 to join Honorable C. Andrew Fuller as a staff attorney where she was exposed to all areas of Georgia law, including criminal and civil litigation and domestic matters. Having gained invaluable experience from the courts, Amanda immediately returned to the firm in 2022 to resume pursing her goal of advocating for children through a domestic relations practice.
This goal comes as no surprise given that she began her career as a mental health counselor. Beginning in 2011, having earned a graduate degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University and attaining licensure in Georgia as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), she provided assessment and individual therapy services to children and families at Chattahoochee Child Psychology, LLC then at her own practice, A.Ward Counseling, LLC. She also served as an adjunct psychology professor at Brenau University and conducted forensic interviews of children suspected of having experienced abuse at local child advocacy centers, namely Edmonson Telford Center for Children and The Tree House, Inc. In 2015, Amanda began her pursuit of a law degree at University of Georgia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2018. She continues to maintain her licensure as LPC.
Amanda now focuses primarily on representing clients through divorce, child custody, and child support actions, adoptions, and legitimation actions. Upon appointment by the Superior Courts, Amanda represents the best interests of children as a Guardian ad Litem in custody actions. Also by appointment or consent order, Amanda serves as a Parent Coordinator for co-parents choosing to prioritize the wellbeing of their children during times of high parental conflict.
Amanda has lived in the Gainesville community for nearly fifteen years. She remains active in community and charitable organizations, having been involved in the Lake Lanier Rowing Club and having served as a member and sustainer in the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, and as a director and President of the North Hall Community Education Foundation. Amanda and her family are members of Gainesville First United Methodist Church.Practices Divorce Law Family Law