Overview

Amy has dedicated her education and career to understanding the intersection between the law and government practices. Her practice centers on advising private real estate developers, end users, public utilities, and local governments and helping them navigate their complicated land use and commercial real estate issues through all stages of the legal process—from overseeing transactional matters, to drafting development agreements, handling administrative land use approvals and proceedings before local government boards, and litigating cases and appeals.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Amy worked for an international law firm representing clients in land use and commercial real estate matters. She also served as the legislative liaison for the North Carolina Industrial Commission and as a law clerk for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Additionally, Amy holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Outside of the office, Amy is committed to civic engagement and community service. She currently serves as the President of the Capital City Clauses, a local nonprofit whose mission is to bring hope, cheer and joy to kids by being the sprinkles in their lives on Christmas morning and throughout the year through various toy gifting and grant opportunities.

Areas of Focus

Credentials

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America
    • Land Use & Zoning Law (2021, 2024)
    • Construction Law (2024)
    • Real Estate Law (2024)

Clerkships

  • North Carolina Court of Appeals

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2016
    • Articles Editor, First Amendment Law Review
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.P.A., 2016
  • Campbell University, B.A., Government, summa cum laude, 2011

Bar & Court Admissions

Academic Appointments

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Certified Student Practitioner, Domestic Violence Clinic
    • Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award

Affiliations

  • Capital City Clauses
    • President (2022–present)
    • Vice President (2021–2022)
    • Board Member (2020–2021)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Communications Committee Chair, Government & Public Sector Section (2019–2021)
    • Member, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section
  • Wake County Bar Association

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