Amanda L. Marutzky

(949) 852-6700

Amanda Marutzky is a partner in Watt Tieder’s Irvine office focusing her practice in the areas of surety and lending, construction and general commercial litigation. Amanda advises clients on contract administration and disputes related to public and private construction projects in various state, federal and alternative dispute resolution fields. Amanda also manages all phases of litigation and resolution in connection with claims for and against surety clients, including: performance bond claims; project takeover and completion efforts; indemnity disputes; asset investigation and liquidation; bankruptcy and insolvency matters; and payment bond claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Amanda was with Bryan Cave LLP as part of their banking and commercial litigation team. She also has experience in the area of insurance defense litigation having handled a variety of matters, including breach of contract, and tort liability.


Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Fidelity and Surety Law – Membership Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Co-Author: “Paperwork,” Chapter of The Construction Project, 2nd Ed., November 2023.
  • Speaker: “What I Wish I Knew About Schedules,” Building Up Podcast, April 2022.
  • Author: “Recovering For Inflation on Federal Contracts: Recent DOD Guidance on Economic Price Adjustment Clauses,” Summer 2022, WTHF Newsletter.
  • Presenter: “Decoding the Mystery of Productivity Claims” Construction Super Conference, Orlando, FL, December 2021 Program.
  • Presenter: “Corrective Lenses: Seeing Ethics Clearly in the Modern World,” Western States Surety Conference, Spring 2019 Program.
  • Co-Author: “The Performance Bond Surety’s Rights to Contract Funds,” Chapter of ABA Performance Bond Manual, January 2019.
  • Author: “Who Can You Tell? Untangling the Attorney-Client Privilege in California,” Summer 2017, WTHF Newsletter.
  • Author: “Financing the Principal: Case Updates from 1994,” April 2017, Western States Surety Conference.
  • Author: “Lease-Leaseback Agreements in California Post Davis v. Fresno Unified School District,” Spring 2017, WTHF Newsletter.
  • Presenter: “Bet the Company Case?  How to Win the War Through Forum Selection, ESI Management, Effective Budgeting and More,” Construction Super Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 2017 Program.
  • Presenter: “Subcontractor Default Insurance:  Relevant Considerations for the Surety Claims Professional,” Western States Surety Conference, Spring 2017 Program.
  • Author: “Subcontractor Default Insurance and Suretyship: A Primer on the Distinction Between the Two,” Insurance Matters!, Florida Insurance and Surety, Spring 2017 Publication.
  • Author: “Making a Deal with the Devil: A Mediation Approach to Mitigating the Negative Effects of Church Conflict,” Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Vol. 10, Spring 2010.

Areas of Practice

  • Surety and Lending
  • Construction
  • Commercial Litigation


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 2010, Order of the Barristers
  • Student Articles Editor, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal
  • Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Certificate
  • University of Texas, Austin, B.S., 2006, With Honors

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • All U.S. District Courts for the District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts of California