Amanda Brunson is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm.
Amanda Brunson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida in 2009. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. During college, she had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Public Defender’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Brunson always knew she wanted to be an attorney, but her passion for criminal defense work began during her first internship assisting with the Investigations Bureau and interviewing clients at the jail.
After obtaining her B.A., Amanda attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. She finished in the top 9% of her class, and graduated Cum Laude in 2012. While in law school, she focused her studies on criminal work and completed a Florida Bar Fellowship with the Public Defender’s Office in the Major Crimes Bureau. Amanda worked on crimes of a sexual nature as well as Jimmy Ryce cases, gaining valuable experience for her future criminal defense career.
Upon graduating from law school, Amanda returned home to Tampa, Florida, to work as an Assistant Public Defender at the Public Defender’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit. Amanda worked as an Assistant Public Defender for three and a half years. As an Assistant Public Defender she has conducted more than 25 jury trials and 40 bench trials. Amanda has handled thousands of cases in county court, representing clients in matters such as DUI, DWLS, Battery, Possession of Cannabis, and Petit Theft. During the last year and a half as an Assistant Public Defender, Amanda's practice was focused on felony level cases.
Outside of the office, Amanda Brunson is an avid runner and fitness fanatic. In addition to her numerous half-marathons, she ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. in 2016. Her next marathons are Chicago and New York in fall of 2017 and Big Sur in Spring of 2018. She has joined the On Track Running Academy (OTRA) and the L.O.U.D Runners of Tampa Bay in addition to pacing fellow runners for Beast Pacing.