Amanda MacDonald focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, criminal defense, and government investigations.  She has represented corporations, professional firms, senior executives, and other individuals in a broad range of cases in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration proceedings.  Amanda has also represented clients in criminal and regulatory investigations before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. She serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and is a member of the Associates Committee.

Amanda represents clients in a range of substantive areas of civil litigation, including securities law, commercial disputes, class actions, and professional liability defense.  She has represented large corporations—including pharmaceutical companies, auditing firms, and banks—as well as mid-sized companies and individuals in federal, state, and arbitral actions involving federal securities claims, accounting malpractice claims, and general commercial litigation.  In her government investigations and criminal litigation practice, Amanda represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including federal grand jury proceedings, trial and appellate work, and cross-border investigations.  She has defended both corporate and individual clients against allegations of healthcare fraud, tax fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, disclosure of classified information, and false statements.

Amanda grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1999.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2005, and was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.  She joined Williams & Connolly in 2005.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Amanda’s experience includes:

  • Represented Pfizer Inc. in a securities fraud class action resulting from decrease in stock price upon announcement of resolution of certain government investigations.  The case was resolved one week before trial.
  • Represented CVS Health in a qui tam lawsuit brought against multiple specialty pharmacy providers.  CVS Health settled out of the case for no monetary payment.
  • Represented senior executive of a major bank in connection with a combined criminal, civil, and SEC investigation relating to alleged tax and accounting issues.
  • Represented company in connection with a retrial on loss causation issues within a major securities fraud class action.
  • Represented government contractor in FCPA investigation relating to contract performed in the Middle East. 
  • Pro bono trial counsel for defendant in a criminal assault case.  The defendant was acquitted. 



Selected to Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers, 2014-2015


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