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Amanda Riddle

Amanda L. Riddle, Partner

Tel: 650-871-5666  |   Email:
Address: 700 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030  | Download vCard

Amanda L. Riddle represents clients in various general and complex litigation matters, including business, employment, elder law, personal injury, and mass torts. Ms. Riddle manages the firm’s employment law practice. In addition to overseeing all of our employment litigation cases, her extensive litigation experience provides a basis for counseling businesses on employment matters, as there is no better attorney to help a business avoid litigation, than a seasoned litigator.

Ms. Riddle currently represents approximately 6,500 victims of the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires, and 2018 Camp Fire, which were each started by PG&E. PG&E filed bankruptcy in January 2019, bringing the wildfire victim claims into the bankruptcy proceeding. Ms. Riddle leads various aspects of the litigation and was a member of the team that negotiated a $13.5B settlement for these wildfire victims. Ms. Riddle serves as co-liaison counsel for all (over 3,700) plaintiffs in the Butte Fire state court litigation.

Ms. Riddle’s experience includes the representation of 45 families who fell victim to the explosion of Pacific Gas & Electric’s natural gas transmission line in San Bruno, California, on September 9, 2010. For these clients, Ms. Riddle handled all aspects of the litigation against PG&E, as well as first party insurance claims. Ms. Riddle served as co-liaison counsel for all plaintiffs in this matter. In 2013, Ms. Riddle was selected as a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Woman Advocate of the Year Award for her exemplary work on the PG&E case.

In 2008, Ms. Riddle co-founded the San Mateo County Bar Association Legal Clinic Committee, which provides on-site legal services to residents of Shelter Network and Samaritan House’s homeless shelters on the Peninsula.


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Practice Areas:

Business Litigation
Complex and Mass Tort Litigation
Contract Litigation
Employment Litigation
Employment Counseling
Real Estate Litigation
Elder Law
Trusts and Estates Litigation
Civil Writs and Appeals

Academic Credentials:

J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law, 2001
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996

Notable Cases:

PG&E Bankruptcy, Member, Fire Victim Trust Oversight Committee
PG&E “Butte Fire” Cases, Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel
PG&E “San Bruno Fire” Cases, Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel
In re Oracle Corp. Derivative Litigation, 867 A.2d 904 (Del.Ch. 2004)


Super Lawyers of Northern California, Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2019-2021
Super Lawyers of Northern California, Top 100 Lawyers, 2019-2021
Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2013-2021
Super Lawyers of Northern California, Rising Star, 2009-2012
Elinor Falvey Award, San Mateo County Bar Association, Women Lawyers’ Section, 2019
James M. Dennis Memorial Award, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2014
SMCBA Barristers’ Award, 2015
Community Service Award, CORA, 2009
Edward J. McFetridge Award for Trial Advocacy, USF School of Law, 2000

Professional Affiliations:

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, a Chapter of the CAOC (Director Emeritus; President 2014; Director, 2005-2015; CAOC Women’s Caucus Liaison, 2013-2015)
Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”) (Member, Board of Directors and Board of Governors 2014-2015)
Natural Disasters Initial Discovery Protocols Committee, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (project sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers)
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, “And Justice For All” Luncheon Committee (2013-present)
San Mateo County Bar Association, Legal Clinic Committee (Co-Chair, 2008-2013)
San Mateo County Bar Association, Women Lawyers (Chair, 2010; Board Member, 2007-2013)
San Mateo County Bar Association, Barristers (President, 2006; Board Member, 2004-2008)
San Mateo County Women Lawyers Educational Foundation (Board Member, 2004-2005)
American Association for Justice
California Women Lawyers
American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Civic Affiliations:

LifeMoves (Board Member)
Margaret J. Kemp Camp for Girls (Mentor; Library Committee)
Peninsula Temple Sholom Preschool, Parent Teacher Organization (Board Member, 2015-2017; Room Parent Chair, 2016-2017 School Year; Secretary, 2015-2016 School Year.)

Speaking Engagements:

AB1825 Sexual Harassment Training Seminars
Panel Speaker: “Litigating Environmental and Public Interest Issues”, California Women Lawyers Annual Conference, September 2019
Panel Speaker, National Wildland Fire Conference, April 2018
Panel Speaker: “Making Your Mark: Taking an Entrepreneurial Approach at Every Stage of Your Career”, California Women Lawyers Annual Conference, January 2018
“Understanding Pregnancy Leave and Return to Work Rights”, SMCBA Women Lawyers Section, June 2015
Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce, Speaker on Employment Law Updates
San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, Speaker on Employment Law Updates
“2013-2014 Updates in Employment Law”, SMCBA Labor and Employment Section, March 2014
“The Path of the Female Associate: Surviving the Profession, Parts I and II”, SMCBA Women Lawyers Section, March and April 2009

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700 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94030

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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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