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Amanda Yarusso

Amanda Yarusso

Something I’m Very Proud Of...

To call myself a civil rights lawyer. I am grateful to do work that is meaningful, to advocate for people who have been abused by authority, and to work with colleagues that believe so strongly in making a difference.

What I Love about My Work...

My clients: I learn from them as much as I help them. Investigation: I love figuring out the story behind the case and how to tell it to a jury. Balance: I have a rewarding career, with great office-mates, and still have time to spend time with my two beautiful daughters.

Hobbies and Interests:

Cooking!, new restaurants, the ocean, yoga, nature, music, star-gazing, biking, karaoke, dancing, the circus, the farmer's market.

People I’d like to Meet:

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madonna, Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci.

Favorite Quote:

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen

If I Weren’t a Lawyer, I’d Be:

a trapeze artist, hosting a cooking show, or a teacher.


Amanda S. Yarusso began working as a police misconduct plaintiff’s attorney in 2003 and has been a member of the Northern District of Illinois (federal) trial bar since March 2006. Ms. Yarusso has also litigated cases in the Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Minnesota, District of Nevada, and Western District of Texas. In addition to police abuse cases, Ms. Yarusso has litigated First Amendment (free speech) cases and employment/political retaliation claims.

Amanda graduated cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School in 2003.  She was a judicial extern for the Honorable John R. Tunheim in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, and a summer judicial clerk in the Minnesota District Court in Anoka, Minnesota. Amanda was managing director of the Law School's International Moot Court team.  She attended undergrad at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Italian and Women's Studies and studied abroad in Florence, Italy.



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