Amanda Waddell

Amanda is a member with the firm practicing primarily in the area of healthcare liability defense and professional liability defense. Representing physicians, healthcare professionals, and legal professionals in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Amanda has extensive litigation experience in state, federal, appellate and multi-district litigation courts and before various professional Boards.  Prior to her affiliation with Rainey, Kizer, Amanda practiced in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for eight years in mass tort medical device/pharmaceutical defense, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and general insurance defense. She has extensive appellate experience and multiple published decisions from the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Amanda has been licensed to practice law for 21 years. She is licensed to practice in the States of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Her regional area includes the Memphis/Shelby County metropolitan area, West Tennessee, Northeastern Arkansas and all of North Mississippi extending into the Mississippi and Arkansas Deltas.



Tennessee Bar Association

Memphis Bar Association

Mississippi Bar Association

Arkansas Bar Association

The Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court


Honors and Distinctions

Best Lawyers in America (2018 – Present)

Best Lawyers, Women in the Law (2018 – Present)

Superlawyers/ Rising Star for 2013

Superlawyers (2014-Present)

Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation

Hearing Committee Member, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (2011 – 2017)

Barrister, American Inns of Court, Leo S. Bearman, Sr. Chapter (2013 – 2016)

Martindale Hubbell Rating AV Rating (2013 – Present)



Community Involvement

Member, Executive Board, Hutchison School Parent Association

Member, Board of Directors, Porter-Leath (2011-2014)

Standards and Ethics advisor to the Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, University of Memphis (2009-2015)

Member, Board of Directors Delta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Housing Corporation


Representative/Published Cases

  • McLeod v. Jackson, 829 So. 2d 722 (Miss. 2002)
  • Perry v. Andy, 858 So. 2d 143 (Miss. 2003)
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. v. Armond, 866 So. 2d 1092 (Miss. 2004)
  • Wyeth v. James, 918 So. 2d 1243 (Miss. 2005)
  • Wyeth v. Caldwell, 905 So. 2d 1205 (Miss. 2005)
  • Blanton v. Prins, 2005 WL 3046501 (Miss. Ct. App. 2005), cert denied
  • McKinley v. Lamar Bank, George Gunter, et al, 919 So. 2d 918 (Miss. 2005)
  • Bullock v. Lott, 964 So. 2d 1119 (Miss. 2007)
  • Spann v. Diaz, 987 So. 2d 443 (Miss. 2008)