Amanda Lapato grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received her B.A. from Portland State University. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she worked in human resources for six years and held a variety of responsibilities. Some of the responsibilities she held included coaching and counseling, performance management, managing leave of absences, recruiting, interviewing, compensation administration, and conducting training for new managers. It was through this work that Amanda discovered her passion for employment law, which led her to pursue a career as an employment attorney. She is a strong business partner who is attuned to the sensitivities of what human resources professionals need and want from their attorneys.
Amanda earned her law degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Law (“UCI”). During law school, she was a Legal Intern for an Administrative Law Judge at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She also interned in the UCI Law Civil Rights Litigation Clinic as a Certified Law Student and was a law clerk for a national employment law firm. In addition, Amanda was a Founding Research Assistant for UCI Law’s Pay Equity Project, where she focused on Oregon, Washington, and California equal pay laws. While at UCI Law, Amanda also served as an editor of the UC Irvine Law Review,
a Founder and Chair for the Labor and Employment Law Society, and served on the Mock Trial Executive Board. Amanda also completed a research project for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission relating to racial discrimination in the workplace. In addition to her employment-related activities, Amanda did pro bono hours as a Student Leader for the Innocence Project. She is excited to bring her skills, knowledge, and experiences in human resources and employment law to provide employers with unparalleled service.