Amy was born and raised in the small community of Lamasco near Eddyville and Princeton, KY. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, cum laude. She studied abroad in Panama City, Panama with the Spanish and Latin American Studies departments, helping her to earn a minor in both those subjects. She spent time between graduation and law school working for Insight Communications (now Spectrum) in the Human Resources department.
Amy received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2012. During law school, she held offices in the University of Kentucky College of Law’s Women’s Caucus, American Constitution Society, participated in the UK College of Law Legal Clinic, and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board where she participated in a state-wide trial team competition. In her final year of law school, she was named a Next Generation Leader by the national chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Amy has over 10 years of experience defending individuals charged with crimes in Jefferson and Fayette counties and across Central Kentucky. As an attorney of the renowned Louisville Metro Public Defender, Amy represented indigent defendants throughout Jefferson District, Circuit, and Family Courts. She has trial experience across all Kentucky Trial Courts and has handled cases ranging from misdemeanor possession, assault, domestic violence, DUI, felony theft, burglary, robbery, and murder. During part of her time as a public defender, Amy exclusively represented children in the juvenile court system, including those charged as adults in Circuit Court. She attended multiple trainings and the National Defender Training Project: Trial Advocacy Program in Dayton, OH.
Amy is a recipient of the prestigious Walker Award from the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office: it is awarded to the successful Defense Counsel in Felony Cases in which the defendant is acquitted on all counts after a jury or bench trial. Walker Award for a full acquittal in a Circuit level felony jury trial. In March 2017, Amy left the Public Defender’s office to open Berkley Oliver PLLC with Josh.
Amy has always been civically minded and that has driven her passion to assist individuals with difficult situations. Since forming Berkley Oliver, Amy has built on this passion by working with individuals in Family Law cases through divorce, custody, and adoption proceedings. Amy and Josh work hand-in-hand in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law, with a particular focus in Guardianship work and Medicaid Planning.
Amy has participated in many local organizations wherever she lived by volunteering and participating in various activities, fundraisers, and festivals. Amy also serves the City of Middletown, Kentucky as a City Commissioner.
Amy met her husband, Christopher, in 2015. They were in engaged in 2017 and married in a private ceremony the same year. Christopher is a Louisville native and works for the Federal Government. They have two pets: an adorable and energetic Brittany named Magnolia’s Lucky Bourbon, “Maggie,” for short, and a mischievous trouble making Tuxedo Tabby named Cardigan. Christopher and Amy enjoy taking Maggie for walks in the neighborhood, cooking, and trying their hands at various DIY projects. They are both are avid University of Louisville Cardinals fans and enjoy attending as many games as possible.
- Kentucky Bar Association Sections:
- Young Lawyer’s Division
- Criminal Law Section
- Family Law Section
- Louisville Bar Association
- US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- Amy is a Member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
- Amy is member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
- Amy is a Next Generation Leader, selected by the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy.
- Amy is an alumnae member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Louisville.
- Amy was interviewed by author Kim E. Wilson for her expertise in criminal law, for her book: The Fireflies of Estill County.
- Amy contributed on the subject of Ripeness to the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.
- Amy is a recipient of The Walker Award from the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office: it is awarded to the successful Defense Counsel in Felony Cases in which the defendant is acquitted on all counts after a jury or bench trial.
- City Commissioner for the City of Middletown
- Amy completed her Level I – Achievement in City Governance with the Kentucky League of Cities.