For more than two decades Amato has been primarily a public interest lawyer.* After law school, she started her career as a federal law clerk in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) clerking for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet. She first litigated at Public Citizen Litigation Group, and then the Citizen Advocacy Center, and has worked with various nonprofits, and on two presidential campaigns as in-house counsel, general counsel and strategist on cases at all levels of state and federal courts, and in regulatory matters.
More than four dozen legal proceedings from the presidential campaigns of the 2000's are discussed in Grand Illusion (see citations on pages 316-317) and in excerpts on the Amato & Main, LLC website and not listed below. Amato also worked for a short time in private practice in Chicago to help design and implement strategic multi-generational governance and succession structures.
She currently serves as "Of Counsel" to Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan. Amato is licensed to practice law in New York, DC, and Illinois.
Selected Legal Cases from the 90's
While at Public Citizen and the Citizen Advocacy Center, Amato served as counsel or co-counsel in several cases, including:
Harvard Crimson v. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1991) Crimson Settles FOIA Suit
Howard Wyatt v. Bill Cole and John Robbins, II (U.S. Supreme Court, 1992)
United States Department of Justice, et al. v. Vincent James Landano (U.S. Supreme Court, 1992)
Katherine Anne Meyer v. George Bush, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, et al. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1992)
United States Department of State v. Michael D. Ray (U.S. Supreme Court, 1991)
Food Chemical News v. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1992)
Christopher Shelton Hunt v. FBI (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1991)
Cotton v. Adams (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1992)
Public Citizen v. Department of State (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1992)
Katz v. National Archives and Records Administration (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1993)
Hispanics United v. Village of Addison (U.S. District Court, Northern District IL, 1994)
Baldacchino v. Thompson (Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, 1995)
Hicks v. Birkett (Illinois Circuit Court, 18th Judicial District, 1998)
Ryan v. DuPage County Board of Election Commissioners (Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, 1995)
Oliver-Hoffman v. the Village of Wayne, The DuPage County Forest Preserve, and the Wayne Community Association (Illinois Circuit Court, 18th Judicial District, 1995)
Citizen Advocacy Center v. DuPage Airport Authority (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1998)
Maria de los Angeles Torres v. CIA (U.S. District Court, Northern District IL, 1998)
Rieff v. Evans (Supreme Court of Iowa, 1999)
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