Amanda S. Utterback, Esq. | 阿曼达·玉特拜克律師
Ms. Amanda S. Utterback is the Senior Associate Attorney at Oliver-Zhang Law. Ms. Utterback joined Oliver-Zhang Law in 2014. Her practice focuses on immigration, particularly asylum and family-based applications, as well as complex personal injury, medical malpractice, and drug product liability mass torts litigation.
Ms. Utterback hails from a unique, Punjabi-German upbringing that instilled in her the importance of public service. She is the granddaughter of humble, hardworking blue-collar immigrants from India on the maternal side, and the progeny of a German grandfather who practiced law on the paternal side. The Eastern and Western philosophies of empathy and justice converged to form her passion to help victims through the law.
Her client-centered practice vindicates the disadvantaged who otherwise would not have a voice in the court of law, particularly minorities, women, and juveniles.
Wide Range of Litigation Experience:
At the premier drug-product liability firm of Aaron Levine & Associates, Ms. Utterback fought Big Pharma defendants and helped in the representation of women diagnosed with breast cancer due to in utero exposure to the drug, Diethylstilbestrol. Thereafter, she joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she was involved in the day-to-day operation of several trial teams in a litigation-based business defense firm.
As a first-generation American, Ms. Utterback takes great pride in her immigration practice. By utilizing her global background, education, and experience, she has successfully prepared asylum and family-based petitions for recent immigrants from all cross-sections of the world, such as India, China, Trinidad & Tobago, Peru, El Salvador, Iraq, and Uzbekistan. Ms. Utterback understands the sacrifices many of her clients have made to come to the United States, and her result-driven advocacy enables their dreams of a better future to become reality.
Some examples of these highly complex immigration cases include:
In Re. Y. J.: Asylum granted in highly complex religious persecution case in Beijing, China, where the petitioner and her underground home church members were arrested, threatened, and tortured, although state-sanctioned Christian worship was common in the capital city.
In Re A. M.: Granting the self-petition for removal of condition, where permanent green card was finally approved for our male client who was abused by his spouse, that led to divorce and serious challenges in proving bona fide marriage prior to the removal of the two-year condition on his temporary green card.
In Re G.G.: Clients had unsuccessfully, for over three years, struggled and applied for a marriage green card case rife with inadmissibility issues and errors that was handled by a prior attorney. After Ms. Utterback and the Oliver-Zhang Law team took over the case for the I-485 adjustment of status, marriage green card was granted in nine months.
In Re X. S.: Granting the L-1 Petition for a new, start-up import and export subsidiary company of machine parts with the parent company in China granted with an initial capital investment of $50,000, and where the USCIS was not initially convinced that the space acquired to do business by the clients was sufficient for its stated business purpose.
Ms. Utterback’s complex personal injury, medical malpractice, and drug product liability practice is similarly guided by her devotion to client care. Through fierce representation and unrelenting case investigation, she ensures each client’s claim is strategically prepared to maximize recovery. Ms. Utterback has litigated personal injury cases like slip-and-fall victims in grocery stores and malls, rear-ended spinal injury victims, and brain-damaged pedestrians hit by inattentive drivers to successful settlements with major insurance companies. Her dedication to clients, and attention in presenting their economic losses as well as pain and suffering to enhance their recovery is key to her personal injury legal practice.
Ren v. Cao, 1:15-cv-01242 (D. Md. 2015) : Ms. Utterback co-counseled this complex fraud and RICO matter on behalf of several Chinese fraud victims who were defrauded in several tuition, securities, and falsified car sales frauds. The case resolved, where defendant consented to judgment and payment to the plaintiffs.
Fecho et. al. v. Eli Lilly, et al., 11-10152 (D. Mass. 2012): Ms. Utterback managed the case files of over eighty clients who were breast cancer victims of the carcinogenic drug, Diethylstilbestrol, and assisted in the trial of this landmark case in Boston federal court.
Ms. Utterback also currently maintains an active pro bono practice, in which she has successfully represented women and their children who are the victims of domestic violence, as well as recent immigrants seeking asylum in America due to severe physical, emotional, and psychological abuse at the hands of their native governments.
As a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation (TM), Ms. Utterback understands that often the unseen wounds of physical injury and emotionally trauma linger even after a successful legal battle. Thus, she compassionately encourages and supports her clients in seeking their own path towards a holistic recovery. Ms. Utterback is also an avid supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to bring the evidence-based TM program to at-risk populations, particularly America’s veterans and their families with PTSD, underserved inner-city students, as well as women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse.
Professional Leadership & Associations
– Member, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
– Member, Maryland Bar Association
– Participant, Women En Mass the annual conference for female mass tort attorneys
State & Federal Bar Admissions
– Maryland, 2014
– United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2015
– David A. Clarke School of Law, summa cum laude (2014)
o Awards– Mason Civil Rights Scholar; Rosa Parks Scholarship; Cafritz Foundation Scholarship
– George Mason University, magna cum laude (2009)
o B.A.– Philosophy; Concentration- Philosophy & Law; Minor- Global Affairs;
– Oxford University, England, Hartford College Visiting Scholar (2007)
o Concentration– Philosophy, Politics, and Law