Amy Davis is an advanced certified paralegal specialist. She has been working in the legal field since 1987. She has worked for Buddy Rake since 1999 and, as part of the litigation team, she is involved in all aspects of the case from intake (initial client interview) to outcome (settlement or trial). She specializes in the litigation of plaintiff personal injury cases involving serious injuries and death, medical and legal professional liability, products liability, premises liability and other complex civil litigation cases. She has extensive experience in conducting interviews, gathering and organizing evidence, preparing for and assisting at trial.
Amy graduated from Arizona State University in 1997 with concurrent baccalaureate degrees in Political Science and Sociology. She acquired a Professional Paralegal Training certificate from the University of Arizona in conjunction with the Center for Legal Studies in 2000.
Amy obtained the following designations from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA):
- Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) in 2002
- Certified Legal Assistant Specialist (CLAS) in Civil Litigation in 2002
- Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in Trial Practice in 2007
- Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in Personal Injury: Wrongful Death in 2010
- Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in Discovery in 2012
- Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in Real Estate Principles in 2013
Amy also obtained the PACE Registered Paralegal (RP) designation from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) in 2003, and she is currently the only paralegal in the State of Arizona who holds the certification credential from both national paralegal associations. In addition, Amy administered NALA’s CLA Examination to paralegals at the Phoenix testing location three times per year from 2003 through 2007.
Amy has been an adjunct instructor in the paralegal studies program at Phoenix College since spring of 2004. She teaches Civil Procedures as well as the Paralegal Profession each spring and fall semester, and she has also taught Ethics and Professional Practice. In addition, Amy became an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at Everest College in the summer of 2007 where she taught Introduction to Paralegal, Civil Litigation, and Law Office Management until 2009.
Amy believes education and training are paramount to a paralegal’s success, and she continues to educate herself each year. She has attained training in several different computer software programs, including trial presentation, and she has attained numerous hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
Amy obtained her pre-licensure certificate from the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business in 2008 and became a licensed real estate salesperson through the Arizona Department of Real Estate on August 8, 2008. Although Amy is not an active realtor, she maintains her continuing educational requirements to stay current in the field of real estate.
- American Bar Association (ABA), Associate Member, 08/14/01 to 02/28/11
- American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly ATLA, Paralegal Affiliate, 09/23/02 to 01/15/05
- Arizona Paralegal Association (APA), 09/23/02 to 01/15/05
- Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) Paralegal Division, 09/10/01 to Present
- National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), 05/22/01 to Present
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), 11/06/01
- National Paralegal Association (NPA), 09/17/01 to 08/30/04
Amy became a member of the MCBA Paralegal Committee is 2001 and assisted in the drafting of its bylaws to become the first Paralegal Division of any county bar association on January 1, 2002. In 2002, she volunteered on the Conference, Scholarship and Outreach Committees, and taught classes in the CLA and PACE Review Courses offered through the Resources Committee. In 2003, she was nominated and elected to the Board of Directors and served as a Director. In addition, she served as the liaison for Paralegal Career Day, Co-Captain of the Charity Co-Ed Softball Tournament, and Co-Chair of the Conference Committee in preparation for the 2003 Arizona Paralegal Conference. In 2004, she was nominated and elected to serve as an Officer on the Board in the capacity of Secretary and also served as Chair of the CLA/PACE Review Courses Subcommittee. In 2005, she was nominated and elected to serve as President-Elect while continuing to Chair the CLA/PACE Review Courses Subcommittee. In 2006, Amy served as President of the MCBA Paralegal Division and, as President, was also a voting member on the MCBA Board of Directors. In 2007, Amy served as Immediate Past President and since 2008, she has served in an advisory capacity to the MCBA Paralegal Division.
Amy was awarded the MCBA Paralegal Division Paralegal Member of the Year in 2004.
- Monthly President’s Column (MCBA) Maricopa Lawyer, January–December 2006 at pg 2
- The Value of Paralegal Certification (MCBA) Maricopa Lawyer December 2004 at pg 16
- Paralegal Division Helps Paralegals Pursue Certification (MCBA) Maricopa Lawyer May 2004 at pg 11
- Paralegals Score Big for Scholarship Fund (MCBA) Maricopa Lawyer June 2003 at pg 10
- Third Paralegal Career Day a Success (MCBA) Maricopa Lawyer April 2003 at pg 7
- Paralegals to Sponsor Third Career Day (MCBA) Maricopa Lawyer March 2003 at pg 14