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Amanda J. Lavis

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Amanda Lavis is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Employment & Labor, and Intellectual Property & Technology practice groups.  She works with business owners to protect and defend what gives them a unique competitive advantage.  As an integral part of protecting these competitive advantages, Amanda collaborates with companies to identify and shed light onto legal blind spots that may hinder future business goals.  With a MBA and an entrepreneurial background, Amanda offers a unique perspective that balances business and legal considerations. Collaboratively with her clients, Amanda focuses on finding a solution that best fits each individual client.

Clients regularly seek her advice and counsel in protecting and defending competitive advantages, including brand protection, intellectual property enforcement, trade secrets, and confidentiality agreements.  She works with clients to establish best practices to protect their investments in research and development, as well as their strategic visions. Amanda has successfully defended corporate clients in both state and Federal court against a variety of business and employment claims, including patent infringement, non-competition, trade secret, and breach of contract.

She also regularly assists companies in protecting their one of their most valuable advantages -- their team of employees.  Amanda works with clients to create a culture that fosters innovation, growth, and engagement, while at the same time promoting health, safety, and compliance.  She helps companies create and implement workplace policies that are a reflection of their corporate culture.  Amanda counsels and trains public and private employers of all sizes on a variety of employment matters including cybersecurity, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, workplace bulling, investigations, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge.  She regularly helps employers create easy to understand handbooks and policies that make sense from a business and legal perspective. Amanda is a frequent speaker and writer on technology in the workplace, including cybersecurity and mobile device policies.  Amanda's publication, Employers Can Not Get the Message, was cited in an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court in the seminal text-messaging privacy case, City of Ontario v. Quon.

As part of her practice, Amanda works closely with in-house counsel and human resource business partners.  She understands the critical need to balance business considerations and goals, with legal best practices.  Amanda served as temporary in-house counsel, Labor & Employment, for an $8 billion, global CPG company, where she worked closely with the Associate General Counsel, Global HR & Litigation, and the company’s Human Resources organization.  In that capacity she provided support and advice on organizational HR initiatives, goals, processes, procedures and enterprise risk management, as well provided guidance and counseling on all aspects of labor and employment law, including disciplinary matters, wage and hour issues, employee safety, union-related matters, and leave issues.

Amanda is passionate about the empowerment of women business owners and leaders in the community.  She is the founder of Rhoads & Sinon's Women Empowered ("WE"), which is a group that highlights and supports the success and advancement of women as business and community leaders.  Amanda believes that success is never reached alone, and one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.   In 2015, the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal recognized Amanda as the "Woman to Watch" due her leadership and achievements within Rhoads & Sinon, as well as her contributions to the community.  In 2016, she received the YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Award.

Prior to joining Rhoads & Sinon, Amanda worked at United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary for Ranking Member Jeff Sessions.  During her time with the Senate, she participated in researching various intellectual property legislation, including the Patent Reform Act of 2009 and the Performance Rights Act of 2009.  She also worked on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Amanda graduated magna cum laude from Messiah College with a B.S. in International Business.  She obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Shippensburg University, where she focused her studies on entrepreneurship.  Amanda received her J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Villanova University School of Law, where she was an associate editor for the Villanova Law Review.

For more information and additional articles, please visit Rhoads & Sinon's Employment & Labor Law Blog.

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