Amie McTavish, Senior Associate

T (916) 564-6100 ext. 222
F (916) 564-6263

Assistant: Jandy Jorgensen – Ext. 212

Practice Areas
Significant Cases
Admitted to Practice
Professional Memberships
Community Involvement


Ms. McTavish’s practice is focused on representing law enforcement personnel in a wide variety of cases. In the years she has been with Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff, she has successfully defended numerous law enforcement officers in cases that are often complex and emotionally-charged. Prior to joining AKK in 2009, Ms. McTavish worked for the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. Her experiences as a Deputy DA and having family members in law enforcement give her a unique understanding of the issues that confront law enforcement that she uses on a daily basis in her areas of practice. Ms. McTavish prides herself on taking a “Big Picture” approach to cases and strives for quick and efficient resolutions. Her colleagues describe her as a collegial yet zealous and dedicated advocate.

Ms. McTavish is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.    The LCA  is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. The LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.

Ms. McTavish is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She holds B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Communication, both with honors. At McGeorge, she was a member of the Traynor Honor Society, and was a finalist in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, receiving special recognition for her oral advocacy skills. Before entering law school, Ms. McTavish was a high school social studies teacher. As an attorney she has continued to seek opportunities to be involved in education related to her area of practice. She is especially proud to be a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified teacher for California Peace Officer Association (CPOA) for their Officer Involved Shooting course.

Outside of the office Ms. McTavish can be found with her two daughters and their always increasing menagerie of pets.

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Litigation; Police Practices; Public Entity Defense; General Torts

Significant Cases


Admitted to Practice

  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • April 2009- Present
  • Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff, Associate
  • Practice areas include constitutional and civil rights litigation, public entity defense, police practices litigation
  • Dec. 2006-April 2009
  • El Dorado County District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney
  • Prosecuted criminal cases at all stages, including jury trials, preliminary hearings, evidentiary suppression hearings and probation violation hearings. Analyzed police reports for the filing of appropriate criminal charges. Researched and drafted legal points and authorities on a variety of issues in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
  • (Certified Legal Intern: January 2004 – September 2004)
  • July 2006-Dec. 2006
  • Sacramento Child Advocates, Staff Attorney
  • Advocated for abused and neglected children in Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 Dependency proceedings.


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, J.D., May 2005
    • Traynor Honor Society
    • Honor Roll
    • Dean’s Scholarship
    • Honors at Entrance
    • Jessup International Law Moot Court Team 2003-2004
    • Individual Oralist Award
    • Coach/Advisor to Russian Section of Jessup Competition;
    • Research Assistant to Prof. Steven McCaffrey
  • Chapman University, Diamond Springs, California, California Teaching Credential, Social Science, May 2000. 4.0 GPA
  • University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico B.A. Communication cum laude (1997); B.A. in Cultural Anthropology cum laude (1996),
    • Departmental Honors, Anthropology

Professional Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Barrister, The Milton L. Schwartz/ David F. Levi Inn of Court (2009-present)


  • Lorman Education Services, Presenter, Police Liability in California, September 9, 2014
  • Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff, Co-Presenter, Significant Developments in the Field of Police Liability: An Update, February 20, 2013
  • California Peace Officer’s Association, Co-Presenter, Civil Liability/Legal Aspects of Officer-Involved Shootings (Jan. 2012 and May 2013)

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Attorney Coach, Gordon D. Schaber Moot Court Competition (2014)
  • Assist youth with trial for El Dorado County Teen Court, 2007
  • Member of Board of Trustees, Cedar Springs Waldorf School (2009-2011)
  • Volunteer Judge, National Ethics Trial Competition, 2012
  • Volunteer Judge, Annual Frances Carr Competition, 2013