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Amy Stoody-King wants to maximize resolution of cases, and wouldn't mind some red licorice

Published in 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers magazine

My nickname is … you’d have to ask my adversaries. 

If you were in my office, you’d … see how well we all get along and how many snacks we have in our refrigerator. 

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I haven’t touched alcohol since 11/7/88. 

When I was a newbie lawyer, I … wanted to know everything—especially how to maximize resolution of cases while avoiding costs and fees to my client. I learned that too many lawyers have more interest in the fight than the win. 

My pretrial routine is … to review the file and any witness statements, finding key points in the medical reports and reviewing deposition transcripts, followed by typing up a “script” of questions for direct or cross-examination. Preparation is key.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … an actress and a torch singer. 

When I win a case, I celebrate by … calling or sending an email to the client, advising of the result, and thanking them for their teamwork in our achievement.

The SCOTUS decision I’d most like to overturn is … Citizens United. 

My courtroom walkup music would be … “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)” or “Eye of the Tiger.”

I can do a pretty good impersonation of … Tennessee Tuxedo, Chumley, Mr. Whoopee, the Wicked Witch of the West, and a Munchkin.

My real-life hero is … Golda Meir. She was a trailblazer and the prime minister of a country where male domination was the norm. She blazed across boundaries and brokered agreements without backing down when she needed to be tough. I like to think of my practice in the same way.

My most bizarre talent is … being able to flip my tongue over either way and flaring my nostrils. Not often used in a courtroom setting. 

The talent I wish I had is … coordination. 

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Leigh Steinberg, a brilliant lawyer and agent who is well-versed on a variety of subjects. I love a good intellectual challenge.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Bosch. 

Nothing cheers me up like … a hug from a good friend.

My guilty pleasure is … red licorice.

My favorite news source is … The Los Angeles Times.

I’m inspired by … people who give back and truly care about others without the ego-driven need to be noticed.

The one piece of advice I offer to new lawyers is … you don’t need to prove yourself by being antagonistic. Prove yourself by knowing your case and listening to the other side. Listening is the one skill that is critical in our profession, yet not often exhibited.

My motto is … every day above ground is a bonus.

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