29 Nov Member Spotlight: Amanda Cummins
Amanda C. Cummins, Esq.
AC Cummins Law
Probate and Estate Planning Attorney
I earned my bachelor’s degree in History from Florida State University and my Juris Doctorate from FAMU College of Law. Attending FAMU was a lifechanging experience for me. I learned immeasurable life and professional lessons from the faculty and made lifelong friendships. I later earned an LLM in Elder Law from Stetson.
I joined the Marine Corps in 2011. Some of my jobs included Legal Assistance Attorney and Prosecutor. In Legal Assistance, I helped servicemembers, veterans, and their families with landlord-tenant, consumer, family, and estate planning issues. One of my favorite experiences was working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help stop businesses that prey on servicemembers. In prosecution, I handled a large number of cases that included drug offenses, property offenses, military offenses, and special victims cases. After working with victims of sexual violence and computer crimes against children, I wanted a change of scenery. I was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2018 and thought I would never practice law again.
I transitioned to education and teach Intro to Law and Peer Counseling at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg. After the pandemic hit, I had to take a year off of teaching due to my medical conditions. It was during that time that I found myself back in the practice of law, this time helping people prepare for end-of-life planning.
I currently enjoy having the flexibility of working in the law part-time and working with the community full-time. My clientele typically involves people who don’t quite qualify for legal aid but would otherwise be unable to access an attorney based on their income. I handle mostly probate, estate planning, and some consumer and family issues.
Like most millennials, I am obsessed with plants! I have a large collection of house plants and enjoy gardening outside. I also have a lifelong love of companion animals. I have two dogs, three cats, 10 chickens, two turtles that I hatched from eggs, and one fish.
I am a member of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.