Amanda D. Smith

Chief Engagement Officer Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Amanda D. Smith serves as the firm’s Chief Engagement Officer. In this global position, Amanda works to ensure that the workplace experience of every individual at Morgan Lewis is consistent with the firm’s unique culture. In addition to designing and implementing the firm’s engagement programming, Amanda supports all firm personnel through the development of well-being initiatives. Amanda also oversees the Morgan Lewis Corporate Social Responsibility program, which includes developing skills-based volunteer opportunities for Morgan Lewis personnel globally and executing our sustainability program worldwide.

Amanda joined Morgan Lewis in 2003 with a practice focused on appellate litigation. In 2004, Amanda was selected to serve as Morgan Lewis’s first Pro Bono Counsel, and in 2008, she was named Pro Bono Partner. Complementing her advanced degree in international human rights law, Amanda’s pro bono practice historically focused on human rights litigation under the Alien Tort Statute. As part of a larger team, she obtained a $140 million judgment on behalf of four Bosnian Muslims who had been detained and tortured in the former Yugoslavia and a $37 million judgment on behalf of two Peruvian women who had seen their mothers and siblings killed by the Peruvian military.

In 2015, Amanda was named the firm’s Associate Talent & Pro Bono Partner and led a firmwide effort to innovate in and improve all aspects of our global associate talent management, including associate performance management, compensation, recruiting, retention, training and development. In her current role, Amanda continues to work directly with, and provide strategic guidance to, the firm’s Pro Bono and Associate Talent teams. As a partner in the firm, Amanda also serves on the Board of Directors of the Morgan Lewis Foundation, the National Center for Access to Justice and the National Veterans Legal Services Program. She serves on the Emeritus Council of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, an organization she co-founded in 2006. She is a frequent panelist at the Pro Bono Institute and Equal Justice Conferences and is an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo Law School, where she teaches a course on the private bar response to the access to justice crisis.


Member, New York Bar Association
Member, San Francisco Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association

New York


Carleton College, 1994, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

University of Michigan Law School, 1997, J.D., Cum Laude
University of Oxford, 2005, M.St., Distinction


North America



9/8/2020 – Morgan Lewis Named a ‘Best Law Firm for Women’ by Working Mother

5/6/2020 – Morgan Lewis Foundation Awards Scholarships to 7 Diverse Law Students

5/4/2020 – Pro Bono Hot List: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, The National Law Journal

7/24/2019 – Morgan Lewis Taps Eight Law Students for Diversity Scholarship, The American Lawyer

6/11/2019 – As Lawyers Face a Mental Health Crisis, Firms Roll out Wellness Programmes, Asian Legal


4/10/2019 – The Face of ML Well: Amanda Smith

3/18/2019 – Morgan Lewis Launches ML Well Program

8/4/2017 – Morgan Lewis Recognized in ‘Best Associates’ Survey

6/20/2017 – Morgan Lewis Receives ABA Pro Bono Publico Award as a Member of Justice Index Team

6/5/2017 – Firm focuses on ‘Helping Children Thrive’ for annual Community Impact Week

3/7/2017 – Morgan Lewis Announces Innovative Associate Remote Working Program

3/7/2017 – Morgan Lewis Launches Remote-Work Option For Associates, Law360

6/16/2016 – Morgan Lewis Boosts Education with Scores of Community Impact Week Events

6/9/2016 – Community Impact Week: The Fight For Educational Equity

10/29/2015 – Morgan Lewis Contributes to Court Square Law Project Launch

6/18/2015 – Firm Receives Distinguished Pro Bono Award from Public Counsel

6/8/2015 – Morgan Lewis Pro Bono & Community Service Week: 100+ Events in 29 Cities

6/3/2015 – Pro Bono & Community Service Week: Chicago Stocks Care Packages for Military

6/3/2015 – Pro Bono & Community Service Week: New York Office Stages a “Greenmarket Rescue”


6/3/2015 – Pro Bono & Community Service Week: Watch Video of our Guest Speakers

3/5/2015 – Morgan Lewis Files Employers’ Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Case

9/24/2012 – Morgan Lewis Among AmLaw Firms to Meet with Vice President Biden on Pro Bono Services to the Poor