Amanda R. Cefalu


Partner & Shareholder

(612) 435-6349


Amanda Cefalu is a partner at Anderson, Helgen, Davis & Cefalu, focusing her practice in the areas of:

  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Counseling
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA litigation
  • Employment and Labor law
  • Litigation and Appeals

She is results-oriented and provides cost effective, practical, and sound legal counsel to help clients protect their assets, reputations and intellectual property. Her clients include employers, manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, self-funded benefit plans, multiemployer benefit plans, third-party claims administrators, and individuals.

Amanda is admitted to practice in all Minnesota State and federal courts, as well as the federal courts in North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. She also represents clients in proceedings involving the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Intellectual Property

Amanda counsels clients, develops intellectual property protection policies, and represents their interests in disputed matters involving:

  • Trade Secrets
  • Trade Dress
  • Unfair Competition
  • Internet law
  • Electronic privacy issues
  • Copyrights
  • Domestic and International Trademarks

Amanda is an experienced litigator focusing her practice in intellectual property litigation and complex commercial disputes. Amanda assists clients with internal policies aimed at the protection of trade secrets, and defending against misappropriation claims. Because of her work in this area, Amanda is recognized for her skill in defending against complicated damage claims.

Amanda also helps clients protect their on-line assets, including domain names, websites and blogs. Amanda has also assisted clients with trademark searches, licensing and registration matters, as well as intent to use applications

Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation

A significant component of Amanda’s practice is in the area of Employee Benefits and ERISA litigation. She represents clients in disputes involving a wide range of issues, such as:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Wrongful denial of benefits
  • Enforcement of fringe benefit contribution obligations
  • Employer withdrawal liability
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)

During the course of her legal career, Amanda has been instrumental in helping numerous self-funded and multi-employer benefit plans recoup millions of dollars. She has also assisted with the protection of plan assets, both by defending against claims and compliance counseling.

Employment and Labor Law

Closely related to her work in benefits, Amanda also counsels management and individuals on matters involving employment, separation, and compensation issues, such as:

  • Non-compete agreements
  • Severance agreements
  • Wrongful termination
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination (race, gender, pregnancy, harassment, age, other)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Amanda has successfully represented mid-size employers in defending against employment claims, and also assisted individuals with enforcing civil rights and anti-defamation laws.

Litigation and Appeals

Amanda has extensive litigation and trial experience spanning a wide range of disputes and industries in the areas of:

  • Intellectual Property (trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress)
  • Defamation
  • Breach of contract and breach of settlement agreements
  • Unjust enrichment claims
  • Civil theft
  • Communications law (defamation and privacy rights; electronic media and Internet issues)
  • Class actions (defamation, FLSA, securities, other)
  • FDA warning letters
  • Creditors’ remedies and collection litigation

Amanda is a member of the Hennepin County, Minnesota State and Federal Bar Associations, as well as the Minnesota Intellectual Property Association, and the American Intellectual Property Association. She volunteers her time for the Federal Pro Se Project.

Amanda received a B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D., with distinction, from the University of Minnesota. During law school she volunteered with the Asylum Project and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Elsa C. Lamelas of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. After graduating, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Beryl Nord of the Hennepin County District Court.

Areas of Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Electronic Privacy
  • Employee Benefits
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate

Representative Matters

  • Retained valuable intellectual property rights of a dietary supplement company.
  • Successfully defended laboratory in connection with claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and other intellectual property.
  • Successfully represented a mid-size company in contract and intellectual property disputes.
  • Assisted clients in retaining their reputation by forcing others to cease Internet defamation.


  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., cum laude, Philosophy and Political Science
  • University of Minnesota, J.D., with distinction

Court Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association; Labor and Employment Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association; Labor and Employment Section
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Association

Pro Bono

  • Federal Pro Se Project