Amy K. Povinelli

Legal Assistant: Suzy Walker


As an Associate in Ryley Carlock & Applewhite’s Transactional group, Amy primarily works for businesses and financial institutions on corporate matters and transactions. She assists with a broad range of matters including real estate transactions, start-up venture entity formation and governance, contract drafting, and intellectual property protection. She also works on Food and Drug Administration regulatory and marketing compliance issues in the natural products sector. 

Business Transactions / Corporate Governance. Amy assists with entity selection and preparation of organizational documents. She works with businesses to prepare and review various contracts, including operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, lending documents, and other significant agreements. Amy also helps clients to prepare their businesses for sale. Representative matters include:

  • Participating in non-profit merger due diligence and documentation.
  • Assisting with surviving-entity representation on corporate governance matters through a $7 billion merger and ongoing business operations.
  • Assisting with sale of a convenience store and gas station.

Real Estate. Amy practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions. She has assisted with commercial real estate transactions involving property exchanges, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, Indian land, government land, and institutional lenders. In addition, she has worked on matters totaling more than $25 million in residential real estate transactions. 

Intellectual Property. Amy researches and analyzes issues related to proposed trademarks (including logos), trademark clearance and enforcement as well as licensing of intellectual property rights. Representative matters include:

  • Preparing Responses to Office Actions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and handling related trademark prosecution matters.
  • Preparing Trademark License Agreements and intellectual property licensing transactions.

Food and Drug Law. Amy helps clients navigate complex federal laws relating to the manufacture, labeling, marketing, and sales of conventional foods, dietary supplements, pet supplements, organic foods, “functional foods,” cosmetics, and over-the-counter drugs. She has experience with food and drug law issues including import/export and detention matters, New Dietary Ingredient Notifications, third-party scientific literature, self-affirmed GRAS status, and formal comments to the FDA on draft Guidances and proposed rules. Representative matters include:

  • Researching and drafting sections of a formal Comment to the FDA on the handling of innovative Probiotic Supplements when they are New Dietary Ingredients.
  • Communicating with the USDA regarding organic cosmetics and related issues on behalf of clients.

Professional Service & Community Involvement. As a fourth generation Arizonan, Amy is dedicated to giving back to her community and helping local businesses thrive. In addition to her legal practice, she gives back through a variety of pro bono and philanthropic activities, such as setting up non-profits and participating in the Auxiliary Board of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and similar organizations. She is the firm liaison for the Volunteer Lawyers Program and is a Mentor and Coach with Ambassadors of Compassion, a program that involves teaching and mentoring at-risk 8th grade students. Amy also serves on the Upcoming Credit Professionals division of the Risk Management Association and as Networking Chair of the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame Club of Phoenix, which raises money for student scholarships, supports several charitable organizations, and sponsors continuing education seminars.

Personal Background. Amy received her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, where she served as President of the Student Bar Association and was selected as an Assistant Rector where she oversaw an undergraduate dormitory, managing programming and conduct standards. Amy received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona with honors, where she served as President of Kappa Alpha Theta. Before attending law school, Amy was the Legislative Affairs Associate at the Arizona State Governor’s Office.


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