Amy E. Greer initially joined the firm in September 2021, leaving for five months to do death penalty work in Florida before returning to Dratel & Lewis in September 2022, where she has remained since. As a highly valued member of the team, Ms. Greer has worked on state and federal cases at both the trial and appellate level. She has provided research, investigation, and writing support on cases involving a variety of matters, including international extradition, RICO, terrorism, drug trafficking, and sexual assault.
Prior to joining Dratel & Lewis, Ms. Greer was an assistant public defender on a remote island in Alaska, defending people charged with misdemeanors. Much of her work centered on connecting clients to resources, such as trauma-informed family therapy and violence interruption, substance abuse intervention programs, mental health supports, and programs that provide medications that treat substance use disorders, as well as trying to mitigate or prevent the serious collateral consequences that often accompany misdemeanor convictions. Additionally, Ms. Greer was a research and writing attorney on a multi-disciplinary legal team representing people sentenced to death in the state of Florida in their federal habeas claims.
Ms. Greer received her J.D. from the Roger Williams University School of Law in 2020. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, the New Jersey State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
While in law school, Ms. Greer interned with the Capital Defender Office of Northern Virginia (now closed following Virginia’s abolition of the death penalty) defending individuals charged with capital crimes, the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas defending death sentenced individuals on Texas Death Row, and Still She Rises in Tulsa, Oklahoma, providing holistic representation for mothers and caregivers facing criminal and/or civil legal issues. Additionally, Ms. Greer was a twice-published member of the Law Review, a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure and Legal Practice, and an instructor for the Street Law program, teaching high schoolers about the criminal legal system and their constitutional rights. In 2020, Ms. Greer received her law school’s Public Interest Award.
Before attending law school in 2017, while based in Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. Greer worked in university archives, public libraries, and nonprofits, served as adjunct faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies (now University College), and sat on various organizational boards.
In addition to her law degree, Ms. Greer received a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2001, master’s degrees in both Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (2004) and Library and Information Science from Simmons College (2008), and, in 2015, Ms. Greer received her PhD from Simmons College in Library and Information Science with a focus on race and policy in the United States.