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Amanda Gayer

Amanda Laurel Gayer

Amanda Laurel Gayer is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in Haynes Boone’s New York office.

Amanda advises clients through all phases of litigation, and works closely with clients to align litigation strategy with broader business goals. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state court, including contract and business disputes, distressed real estate and commercial foreclosures, and securities matters.

Amanda also represents clients in a broad range of white-collar matters, including high-profile SEC and DOJ investigations relating to securities fraud, as well as internal investigations regarding regulatory compliance, corruption, discrimination, and workplace misconduct.

Amanda maintains an active pro-bono practice, with an emphasis upon constitutional civil rights matters such as race and gender discrimination, searches and seizures, and freedom of religion. Amanda has also represented individuals navigating U.S. citizenship and naturalization processes. Amanda’s commitment to civil rights also is a focus of her civil practice, where she has worked with clients to promote equality and address workplace harassment and discrimination.

Before joining Haynes Boone, Amanda began her career as a litigation associate in the New York office of a large international law firm. Amanda earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she served as a Notes Editor on the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and sat on the Professional Development Committee of the NYU Law Women group. While pursuing her degrees, she worked as a legal intern at the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and spent two summers as an intern in the Kings County District Attorney’s office. She is admitted to practice in New York. 

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Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Representing a bank and a real estate investment firm in litigation involving distressed debt and commercial mortgage foreclosures.
  • Representing a global investment banking advisory firm in connection with multiple securities litigation matters.
  • Defending a government defense contractor in multiple toxic tort class actions.
  • Defending a large international bank in multiple antitrust class actions.

Investigations and White Collar

  • Representing a major internet service provider in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations regarding the largest data breach on record.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for the New York MTA regarding overtime fraud and timekeeping policies.
  • Conducting special investigations for the New York City Council regarding allegations of misconduct and corruption by certain Council Members.

Pro Bono Practice

  • Representing four minority students and their families in a pro-bono lawsuit alleging unconstitutional bias-motivated searches by school officials.

*Some of these representations were handled prior to Amanda joining Haynes Boone.

  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2020-2022 
  • "Taking the Lead: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases," speaker, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, March 5, 2018.

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2016, Notes Editor, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy

B.A., Political Science and Psychology, University of Michigan, 2013, with Distinction

Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

Press Release
11 Haynes Boone Lawyers Featured in 2022 New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Directories
October 07, 2022

Eleven Haynes and Boone, LLP’s lawyers are included in the 2022 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars directories. Published annually by Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations of lawyers in [...]