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Amanda Matchett
Amanda Matchett

In-House Counsel 2021: Amanda Matchett

Digital technology has been transforming U.S. health care, helping providers, insurers and patients harness the power of data. Amanda Matchett has been involved in that sea change, as associate general counsel in the health care division of Infor, a St. Paul-based company that develops and sells cloud software.

A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Law, Matchett has spent her legal career engaged in intellectual property law. Before Joining Infor, Matchett practiced law at Minneapolis-based Larkin Hoffman and in the legal departments at Thomson Reuters, Davisco Foods International and Fairview Health Services.

Matchett, who joined Infor as associate general counsel in early 2018, drafts and reviews technology contracts with health care providers who have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also works in trademark protection and is involved in both the prosecution and enforcement sides of trademark practice.

“Technology and health care are always changing and evolving, and cloud-based data security is always going to be foundational for businesses,” she noted.

Matchett considers her most significant accomplishment — so far — running for the Minnesota House of Representatives as a DFLer last year. “Black women do not typically run for office. I not only showed that it’s possible, but that you can be successful,” she said noting that she won endorsement from a number of important groups including the Teamsters, Women Winning, OutFront MN, Stonewall DFL, and Minnesota Young DFL.

She has also joined the board of directors for Blueprint Campaigns, whose mission is to help candidates from underrepresented backgrounds run for office. She also was previously campaign chair for another Minnesota House of Representatives candidate and currently serves as the treasurer for a school board. Along with serving on four boards of directors, Matchett serves on the Minnesota Compensation Council, which provides compensation recommendations for government attorneys and agency heads. Matchett also has an adjunct teaching appointment in the Mentor Externship Program at St. Thomas Law School.

Matchett is also proud of her pro bono work in helping five refugees from Ethiopia gain political asylum in the U.S. Some of her clients had been imprisoned for months or years without due process.

Editor’s note: Matchett will start a new job at software company Anaplan on May 10.

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