Amy Tidwell Andrews counsels clients on a range of corporate and commercial real estate transactions and business development opportunities, including corporate formations, asset and stock purchases, franchising, incentive stock option plans, commercial leasing, and copyright and trademark licensing. Mrs. Andrews also works with nonprofit organizations in matters of corporate governance, strategic planning, fundraising, lobbying, intellectual property and contracts. Amy has experience helping clients with land management and natural resources issues, including endangered species habitat protection, sustainable forestry, utility and access easements, conservation easements, and permitting, compliance and regulatory matters. She has also advised clients regarding the development of business opportunities in the areas of renewable energy (including wind and solar) and carbon credits, and has assisted multiple clients in the hospitality industry with growing their businesses through franchising.
A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Andrews attended Marist School and Georgia State University College of Law and is still active in the schools' alumni activities. She helped found and currently serves on the board of directors for Keeping It Wild, a local nonprofit environmental organization.
- Represented client in the sale of a loan secured by real property for $3 million.
- Regularly prepare franchise disclosure documents and franchise agreements and assist clients with growing their businesses through franchising.
- Prepared and filed tax exemption applications on behalf of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations, drafted conflicts of interest policies and advised clients on appropriate practices for maintaining tax exemption.
- Assisted client with private offering of $4 million in Series B preferred stock.
- Represented investment advisor in the sale of substantially all of the business operating assets of the company, consisting of the company’s investment advisory contracts.
- Assisted litigation team in reviewing and analyzing corporate records and finance instruments, developing strategy, and drafting responses in lawsuit brought by disgruntled shareholder.
- Represented client in corporate restructuring that involved the refinance of $13 million in debt among various corporate affiliates and included the $7 million acquisition of a professional services company.
- Assisted client with the assignment of fifteen retail store leases as part of asset sale.
- Assisted due diligence team in reviewing and summarizing terms of hundreds of franchise agreements for national hotel chain under intense deadlines.
- Regularly represent clients in the formation and maintenance of corporations and limited liability companies.
- Represented various clients in the preparation of non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements and liability waivers.
- Represented landowner in negotiating a safe harbor agreement for endangered species on his property.
- Regularly assist local and national nonprofit organizations with corporate governance, compliance matters and contracts.
- Represented a local nonprofit organization in setting up a complex organizational structure to facilitate the conduct of lobbying and political activities.
- Assisted various clients with developing renewable energy and carbon credit projects.
- Regularly advise clients of potential legal liability related to current or proposed business activities.
- Listed as a 2016 Georgia Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers
- Member – Georgia Bar Association
- Real Property Law Section
- Member – Atlanta Bar Association
- Business and Finance Law Section
- Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, Class of 2014
- Author – "Lessons from the Trump Foundation: Complying with State Charitable Solicitation Requirements," Baker Donelson Tax Alert, October 11, 2016
- Presenter – "501(c)(3)s Steer Clear: How to Avoid Partisan Political Activity and Keep Your Tax-Exempt Status," Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, August 25, 2016
- Co-author – "How Safe is That App? NIST Releases Guidelines for Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Used by Businesses and Their Employees," Privacy and Information Security Alert, February 3, 2015
- Co-author – "NIST Releases Guidelines for Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Used by Businesses and Their Employees," Baker Donelson's Labor and Employment Update, February 2015
- Author – "The Data Security Breach," The Atlanta Lawyer, August/September 2014
- Author – "Business Judgment Rule: Not 'get out of jail free card' for Directors," Atlanta Business Chronicle, September 2014
- Co-presenter – "Get it in Writing: Five Contracts Too Risky to Live Without," Lorman webinar, August 21, 2014
- Author – "Deinstitutionalization: Georgia's Progress in Developing and Implementing an 'Effectively Working Plan' as Required by Olmstead v. L.C. Ex Rel.," 25 Georgia State University Law Review 699, 2009
Co-founder, Member – Power Suit Project, 2014 – present
Co-founder, Board Member, Past Chair – Keeping It Wild, 2005 – present
Volunteer – Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition
Volunteer – Senior Legal Hotline
Volunteer – Atlanta Food Bank
- Georgia Superior Court
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Georgia State University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
- Legislative Editor, Georgia State University Law Review
- Vice President of Records, Moot Court Executive Board
- Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, M.P.A., 2004
- Rhodes College, B.A., cum laude, 2001