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Position
Associate
Education
  • University of Florida, B.S., 2008
  • University of Central Florida, M.B.A., 2009
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2012
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all State courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Photo
Position
Associate
Education
  • University of Florida, B.S., 2008
  • University of Central Florida, M.B.A., 2009
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2012
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all State courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Attorney Name
Amanda Chazal Smith
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Biography

Amanda Chazal Smith represents businesses and individuals in matters related to bankruptcy, debt restructuring, and insolvency.  At Stetson University College of Law, Mrs. Smith served as research assistant to Dean Kristen David Adams in researching and preparing updates related to a new edition of the Uniform Commercial Code in a Nutshell. She also received the Alexander L. Paskay Scholarship Award, presented by the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, for outstanding aptitude in the area of Bankruptcy Law, and the Stetson University Judge Alexander Paskay Bankruptcy Award for excellence in the Advanced Bankruptcy Course. 

Since joining Stichter Riedel in 2012, Mrs. Smith has represented clients in a variety of complex bankruptcy and litigation cases. Her experience includes representation of commercial debtors in chapter 11 reorganizations and in contested matters, including confirmation issues. She has represented sellers and purchasers in sale proceedings for specialized goods that include aircrafts, petroleum tankers, and medical supplies. Mrs. Smith has also litigated fraudulent and preferential transfer actions both on behalf of debtor clients and creditor clients. She has also spent time in state trial and appellate courts, including serving as lead counsel in arguments before the Second District Court of Appeal on the topic of negotiable instruments. 

Honors and Distinctions
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, The One Campaign Pro Bono Award, 2014
  • The C. H. Ferguson M. E. White American Inn of Court, Group Winner of Best Presentation, 2013.
  • Stetson University College of Law, Judge Alexander Paskay Bankruptcy Award, 2012.
  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, Team Finalist, 2012.
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, The Alexander L. Paskay Scholarship Award, 2012.
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, 2011.
Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
    • Associate Editor of the Cramdown (2016-present)
    • Consumer Luncheon Committee (2015-2016)
  • Turnaround Underground
    • Member of the Board (2012-present)
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Tampa Bay Emerge
    • Membership Committee (2015-present)
    • Protégé Program (2015-2016)
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
      • Publication Subcommittee for the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee (2014-2015)
    • Business Law Section
    • Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law
  • Federal Bar Association, Tampa Chapter
    • Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • The C. H. Ferguson M. E. White American Inn of Court
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Government Service
Speaking Engagements
  • “Orange is the New Black, Criminal Charges in Bankruptcy Cases,” Program Co-Chair, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, November 2016.
  • “The Intersection of Health Care Law & Bankruptcy,” Program Co-Chair, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, November 2015.
  • “Professionalism in Action,” Speaker, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, January 2015.
  • “Student Loan Practice Tips and Malpractice Traps,” Program Chair, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, December 2014.
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Seminar, Guest Lecturer, Stetson University College of Law, Fall 2014.
Publications
  • “Realizing the Recovery: Recent Case Law from the Eleventh Circuit,” Co-Author, the Cramdown, Summer 2014.
  • “Eight Years and Acres Later: Single Asset Real Estate Cases After BAPCPA,” Co-Author, 39th Annual SBLI Seminar, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, March 2013.
  • “Keeping Your Priorities Straight: The New Amendments to Article 9,” Author, the Cramdown, Spring 2012.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Representation

Mrs. Smith had significant involvement in the firm’s representation of the following cases:

  • Sonrise Christian School, Inc. – Chapter 11 Debtor’s Counsel
  • Odyssey (III) DP II, LLC, d/b/a Heritage Plaza – Chapter 11 Debtor’s Counsel
  • Jacobson – litigation and settlement $11 million Gulf Shore home)
  • Justin Davis Enterprises Inc. – successful sale in bankruptcy
Mediation
Reported Decisions