Amanda Surchi Lederer, Attorney at Law
Attorney Amanda Surchi Lederer joins Noyes Law Office from the Washington, D.C. region, where her practice focused on personal injury, medical malpractice, and immigration. Throughout her career, Amanda has assisted numerous families in obtaining significant compensation after their loved ones suffered serious injuries as a result of car wrecks, dangerous walking surfaces, trucking collisions, or medical malpractice. In her immigration practice, she also has a proven track record of governmental approvals for family-based petitions, adjustment of status, removal of conditions (joint, waiver, and VAWA), naturalizations, and asylum.
A Return to Iowa Roots with A Multi-Ethnic Perspective
After previously residing in Fairfield, Iowa ten years earlier, Amanda permanently relocated here in the Spring of 2019. She is thrilled to have returned with her family to provide her legal services to a town, and its people, that have given her innumerable gifts over the years.
Amanda’s roots are a fusion of East meeting West. On her father’s side, her ancestors were part of the first Germanic colony in Virginia in the early 1700s, who eventually migrated throughout the Midwest, settling in the small town of Mapleton, Iowa. She is the granddaughter of an Iowa attorney who was a Drake University Law School alumnus, and she has treasured memories of visiting her family’s farm in Mapleton as a child.
On her mother’s side, Amanda is a first-generation American. She grew up witnessing the sacrifices made by her maternal family, and found deep respect for newly-arrived Americans who pour their lifeblood into their adopted nation.
From a young age, Amanda understood the uniqueness of her blended background, which brought her a fierce appreciation of the humanity in us all, regardless of race, religion, politics, nationality, sexuality, creed, or ethnicity. It is from this foundation that Amanda approaches her work as a true advocate on behalf of her clients, with a deep sense of empathy, compassion, and legal acuity.
Legal Career – From Washington, D.C. to Southeast Iowa
Prior to transitioning to Noyes Law Office, her legal career in the Washington, D.C. region resulted in multiple, hard-fought, highly successful settlements for her personal injury clients, and numerous governmental approvals for her immigration clients’ applications.
In her personal injury practice, Amanda has assisted clients who come to her with injuries due to slip and falls or other injuries on another’s property, medical malpractice, and motor vehicle collisions, including collisions with pedestrians. She is particularly skilled in swiftly settling her personal injury cases prior to filing a lawsuit. In doing so, Amanda works closely with her clients to ensure the full impact of their injuries, tangible and intangible, are expertly communicated to insurance adjustors and opposing counsel.
In her immigration practice, she specializes in family-based petitions, adjustment of status, removal of conditions (joint, waiver, and VAWA), naturalizations, and affirmative asylum petitions. In her prior practice, she obtained niche experience in advocating for immigration clients with unconventional marriages, and is eager to bring this expertise to assist similar clients in the Midwest.
Accolades & Degrees
Amanda graduated with highest honors from the University of the District of Columbia- David A. Clarke School of Law, summa cum laude, in May 2014. She enrolled in the part-time program, so as to work in the legal field as a paralegal and law clerk, first at a boutique drug products liability firm and then for a multi-national white-collar business litigation firm, while simultaneously earning her law degree in the evenings. While at UDC Law, Amanda was a student attorney in the Whistleblower Protection Clinic, where she successfully researched and drafted a novel summary judgment brief against a large transit company, resulting in a speedy settlement upon filing. Thereafter, as a student attorney in the Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic, she succeeded in representing multiple minor school children requiring unique educational services and employment opportunities. Amanda also was a teaching assistant for first-year legal writing students for several years, and the President of the Evening Law Student’s Association. Amanda ultimately brought her writing talent to the UDC Law Review, where she was selected as an Editorial Board member as the Online Editor for the Law Review’s electronic journal, Fiat Justitia.
Prior to entering law school, Amanda enjoyed a successful undergraduate career at George Mason University, where she was a member of the Scholar’s Program, GMU’s top academic cohort. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, a concentration in Philosophy & Law, and a Minor in Global Affairs. In completing her major in Philosophy, Amanda spent six months studying at Oxford University in England, where she was tutored in Philosophy and Law, and was able to extensively travel the United Kingdom, Europe, and Northern Africa.
While Not In The Office
When not working diligently on behalf of her clients, Amanda can be found in the kitchen spooning spices into a melting pot of various dishes, on any of the beautiful hiking trails in Fairfield and Southeast Iowa, or at home quietly reading amidst the colorful greenery of her house plants and flowers which are lovingly tended to by her husband, Lyle. Since a young age, Amanda has practiced Transcendental Meditation, and is an avid advocate of its benefits, particularly for many of her clients who suffer extreme trauma due to domestic violence or catastrophic injuries.
- UDC- David A. Clarke School of Law, summa cum laude
- George Mason University, magna cum laude
- Oxford University, Hertford College, England, Philosophy and Law
- Maryland (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Iowa
- Maryland U.S. District Court
Activities & Affiliations:
- Iowa Association for Justice
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Washington, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association