By Patrick Connelly, originally published in Buffalo Law Journal, Buffalo Business First on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 04:15:00 EST.

Emerging Attorney: Amanda Lowe

The first thing Amanda Lowe does each morning before going to Phillips Lytle LLP is help her husband, Mark, get their daughter Alexandra ready for day care.

Amanda Lowe is an attorney who focuses on commercial litigation, class action, education, labor and employment, personal injury, and trust and estate litigation.

She grew up in Kennedy in Chautauqua County and attended the University at Buffalo for her undergraduate degree and law school, finishing in 2008. Like many other millennials, she has some student loan debt. “Who doesn’t?” she joked.

Away from the office, she likes to spend time with her family and golden retriever Zoe. She also is a volunteer at the SPCA Serving Erie County.

About Amanda

First job: Waitress

Mac or PC?: Both

Smartphone of choice: iPhone

App she cannot live without: Amazon (which explains all the boxes on my porch)

Streaming service of choice: Netflix or Amazon Prime

Favorite TV show: I have a 1½-year-old daughter so we watch a lot of “Sesame Street.”

Favorite restaurant: Hutch’s, Tempo, Buffalo Chop House, Russell’s – anywhere that has a good steak.

Where did you intern?: Student clerk with Judge John Curtin

Professional associations: ECBA, NYSBA, Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association, Florida Bar Association, Minority Bar Association of WNY, National Association of College and University Attorneys, WNY Trial Lawyers Association (board of directors), Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

Do you prefer working from home, in the office or somewhere else? I prefer a combination – the office, a courtroom, our home office, client conference room, etc. That way it’s never boring.

What bit of advice do you wish you had received before entering the professional world? Be yourself. I do a ton of interviews for new and lateral attorneys and I want to get to know the real you. I grew up in the country in a very small town (that I’m very proud of) and I love talking about my experience and where I’m from. When I’m interviewing someone, I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them unique, etc.

How do you manage your time effectively? I’m lucky to have two awesome assistants who help me keep up with a fast-paced practice.

Where do you see yourself in your career in 10 years? At Phillips Lytle. I truly love where I work.

Do you have a good relationship with your boss? I am my own boss, so yes! All kidding aside, I have a great working relationship with my partners, associates and staff, which makes the workday fly by.