Amanda Benedict – Winet, Patrick, Gayer, Creighton & Hanes, LLP

Practice/Organization Description

Ms. Benedict is an experienced appellate advocate and litigator with a broad spectrum of experience.

As an appellate advocate, Ms. Benedict has represented clients before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and successfully obtained Cert. review at the United States Supreme Court. She has submitted in excess of 200 appellate briefs, in a wide range of matters including maritime, criminal, professional liability, corporate, and family law.

Ms. Benedict's litigation practice includes both defense and plaintiff representation. As a defense attorney, Ms. Benedict has a good working relationship with several insurance carriers advocating for their insureds in automobile liability, premise liability, and business liability matters. As a plaintiff's attorney, she is passionate about fighting for the rights of cyclists and motorcyclists who fall victim to inattentive motorists.

Ms. Benedict loves the San Diego outdoors. She is an avid cyclist, mountain biker, and motorcycle enthusiast. Ms. Benedict has successfully completed an Ironman triathlon and several half-ironman triathlons. In addition to cycling, Ms. Benedict remains active on playing weekly soccer games, golf, sailing, and MMA training.

Prior to joining WPGC&H, LLC, Ms. Benedict managed her own law practice for six years. Her focus was on civil and criminal appeals, as well as general litigation. Before then, Ms. Benedict worked as a staff attorney at a not-for-profit law firm administering the appointed counsel program for indigent defendants on appeal. Today, she is active in the San Diego County Bar Association, and served on the State Bar Conference of Delegates from 2003-2006. In 2006, she also served as Chair of the San Diego delegation.

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 volunteers at, a non-profit group helping veterans with PTSD.

A native of Massachusetts, Ms. Benedict loves the San Diego outdoors. She is an avid outdoor adventurer - cycling, sailing, hiking, and golfing.

Bar Admissions

California (1999)

United States Supreme Court (2002)

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2006)

United States District Court, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

California Appellate Defense Counsel

San Diego Defense Lawyers

San Diego County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Recognition and Awards

* 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers®

* 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers®

* 2011 San Diego Super Lawyers®

• Endurance Sports Awards, Triathlon Club of San Diego Member of the Year, 2003.

Speaking Engagements

• “Impact of the Title IX Legislation”, Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration, 2012

• "Eighteenth Annual Statewide Conference and Seminar," California Appellate Defense Counsel, March 18-19, 2011.

• “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

• “Making A Record for Appeal”, Criminal Defense Bar, North County, 2005

• “Recognizing and Addressing Bias in the Legal Profession”, Criminal Defense Bar, South Bay, 2005

• “Dealing with Difficult Clients,” Appellate Defenders, Inc., Appointed Appellate Counsel Luncheon, 2005


701 B Street, Suite 1725
San Diego, CA 92101, United States

  • 619-702-3902
  • 619-702-5432

Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Torts
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Transportation
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