Amy Beckstead is an employment attorney, licensed to practice in both Texas and California. Amy’s practice focuses on assisting employers with federal and state employment law compliance, assisting them with issues that arise from hiring to termination. She also defends employers when they are sued or under investigation by governmental agencies, litigating matters in state and federal court and before various governmental agencies. Amy frequently trains executives, managers, and employees on a variety of topics, including creating an inclusive workplace and preventing discrimination and harassment. A popular speaker, Amy has presented to numerous organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Practising Law Institute, and TexasBarCLE. Amy has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law.
Passionate about women’s issues both locally and globally, Amy founded MAMAs Austin, a networking organization for mother attorneys in Austin. This organization now has over 400 members in Travis County. Amy is an alumnus of the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women and now serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Academy. In the past three years, Amy has volunteered in Kosovo and Bangladesh for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Center for State Courts, focusing on increasing the number of female lawyers and judges in these countries.
Amy was born and raised on a farm outside of Selden, Kansas. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class. Amy has been selected to the 2015 and 2016 Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2017 and 2018, and is rated as 10.0 Superb by Avvo and AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019, Amy was also chosen by Austin Monthly as a “Top Attorney” in Austin for the labor and employment law category. Amy began practicing employment law in San Diego, California at the global law firm DLA Piper, before moving to Austin in 2009. Prior to form