Amanda K. Stanley


“I encourage clients not to let their current circumstances define them, but instead to create change in their own lives for the better. Change is motivated by inspiration or desperation, and I desire to motivate my clients by inspiring them to make good decisions for their futures. I dedicate myself to be a tireless advocate for every client I represent.”

Amanda K. Stanley has practiced law in the Peoria area since 2015, concentrating in family, criminal and traffic cases. Amanda joined the Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. family in February of 2021. Amanda has focused her energy on assisting clients through the emotional gauntlet of divorce and parentage cases, and on assisting clients with resolving traffic and criminal matters.

Amanda understands that litigation is stressful and as such she sets reasonable expectations for clients and strives to ensure that clients understand what is going on in their cases. Amanda is a zealous advocate who will fight for her client in the courtroom, but she also understands that often the preferred approach is collaboratively working toward an agreed resolution. It is very important to Amanda that parents attempt to co-parent, setting a good example for their children. Amanda strives to be a beacon of reasonableness, assisting parents to view the situation from their child’s perspective and empowering them to take control of their lives, rather than resorting to a court-ordered parenting plan. Amanda has also helped many clients through the juvenile court process, giving clients the tools to protect their parental rights and rehabilitate themselves so that the family can be reunited.

During her career, Amanda has handled numerous divorces, parentage cases, interstate removal cases, adoptions, orders of protection, stalking-no-contact cases, traffic, and criminal cases. Amanda has experience with complex divorce issues, including sophisticated monetary issues. Amanda has helped numerous men, as well as women, to obtain majority parenting time and a meaningful parenting role. Amanda lives in Peoria.


Amanda earned her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2015. While at SIU School of Law, Amanda served on the Moot Court Board and she was a graduate assistant in the Paralegal Department. Before entering law school, Amada worked as a paralegal for Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes, & Hoke LLP in Carbondale, conducting legal research and preparing legal memorandums of law. She also worked as a law clerk at Hughes Law Firm in Carbondale, and she interned at the Johnson County and Williamson County state’s attorney’s offices. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a major in Paralegal Studies and a minor in Administration of Justice.

Honors And Awards

  • Member – Moot Court Board – Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Pro Bono Legal Participation Award – Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • National Order of Barristers – National Honor Society for law students who display exceptional skill in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing
  • Lincoln’s Inn Nomination – Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Philip Jobst Kaplan Bar Prep Scholarship

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