Practicing law since 1997, Amy Groves Lowe is a Partner at Taylor Porter, where she has a litigation practice in various areas of law, including insurance defense, labor and employment, education law, administrative law, appellate practice, and church property law.
Amy has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (peer-voted) in four areas: "Education Law", "Employment Law - Management", "Labor Law - Management", for her work representing universities and high schools in labor and employment issues and insurance defense; and "Litigation – Insurance", for her work representing various insurers in areas including personal injury, contract disputes, constitutional claims, employment, and others. Amy was formerly selected by her peers as "Litigation - Insurance Lawyer of the Year in Baton Rouge" in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020 rankings. “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.
Amy has more than 20 years of experience in representing public agencies, public employees and public officials in federal and state courts, in administrative hearings, and before the Louisiana Legislature. She has served as general counsel of the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for over 15 years and has represented numerous other public agencies such as the Louisiana Board of Ethics, the Louisiana Board of Private Security Examiners and the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology. Amy has also served as an Administrative Law Judge for several state agencies in disciplinary hearings.
In addition to Amy’s litigation experience, she has a Master of Arts in Psychology (LSU, 1994). Amy has combined her expertise in these two areas by being frequently utilized as a jury consultant, assisting other litigators in jury selection, pre-trial research, and statistical analysis and serving as a litigation consultant in expert and lay witness preparation. In addition, Amy has conducted numerous CLEs and seminars on the issue of jury selection and effective and ethical presentation to juries and has been published in the Baton Rouge Bar Association journal on jury selection.
Amy’s representative engagements also include the following case matters:
- Successfully defended State of Louisiana from personal injury lawsuit seeking over $20 million in damages. 5-day jury trial in 19th JDC.
- Successfully defended insurance company and insured from personal injury lawsuit seeking $3 million in damages. 3-day jury trial in 19th JDC.
- Successfully defended state board against claim brought by member seeking damages and injunctive relief for claims of constitutional violations. 19th JDC, successful appeal to La. 1st Cir. Ct. Appeal and La. Supreme Ct.
- Successfully defended personal injury case against high school brought by parents of minor child injured during physical education class with parents seeking over $1.0 million dollars. 6-day jury trial in 19th JDC, successful appeal to La. 1st Cir. Ct. Appeal and La. Supreme Ct.
- Successfully defended state in prisoner lawsuit based on constitutional violations while in prison. 2-day jury trial in USDC, Middle District of Louisiana.
- Selected jury for defendants who successfully defended claims in class action toxic torts case. 4-week jury trial in 22nd JDC, successful appeal to La. 1st Cir. Ct. Appeal.
Labor and Employment
- Successfully defended university from sexual harassment claim brought by student against professor with student seeking millions of dollars. 5-day jury trial in 19th JDC, successful appeal to La. 1st Cir. Ct. Appeal and La. Supreme Ct.
- Successfully defended university from wrongful termination claim brought by professor seeking reinstatement and damages. 4-day jury trial in 19th JDC, successful appeal to La. 1st Cir. Ct. Appeal and La. Supreme Ct.
- Successfully appealed adverse judgment of Civil District Court against university hospital for wrongful termination of employee. Appellate court agreed with employer that termination was lawful and negated damages award. La. 4th Cir. Ct. Appeal.
- Successfully defended university from gender discrimination claim brought by professor seeking reinstatement and damages. 5-day jury trial in 19th JDC, successful appeal to La. 1st Cir. Ct. Appeal.
- Selected jury for plaintiffs in class action case against employer who settled with defendants during trial for over $1.5 million in breach of fiduciary duty/fraud case.
- Selected jury for defendant in criminal indictment trial by US Attorney’s Office which resulted in acquittal on all counts.
- Designed and developed a color coding system to identify target jurors for criminal trial. This system is still being used by attorneys to select juries and avoid Batson challenges.
- Designed jury questionnaires and performed focus group research for defendant in class action litigation in which plaintiffs sued a chemical company following an explosion at their plant.
- Researched target jurors for civil and criminal litigation based on specific facts of the case.
- Advised attorneys on how to question prospective jurors on specific issues in their case.
- Worked with “shadow jurors” in evaluating progress of case during trial.
In 2019, Amy was awarded the Alumna of Distinction from the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education. In 2005, Amy was named to Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Top Forty Under 40” for her successes in her practice and her commitment to the professional and community scene in Baton Rouge. Amy is an alumnus of the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Baton Rouge class.
In 2019, Amy was inducted into the University High Alumni Hall of Distinction. Amy (U-High, Class of 1988) is a board member of the University Laboratory School Foundation and the former President of the Cub Club parent association. Amy formerly served as president of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and was selected as Sustainer of the Year in 2019. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church where she serves as a Church Council Member, and Sunday School teacher for the Milestone class and the fourth grade class.
Amy received her J.D. in 1997 from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where she was the winner of the Tullis Moot Court Competition and was admitted into the Law Center’s Hall of Fame. Amy was named an LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Alumna of Distinction in 2019.
Articles and Publications
Seminars and Presentations
- "Voir Dire: Selling Themes and Deselecting Jurors," Louisiana State Bar Association Jazz Fest CLE - "Playing Their Song: Using Themes and Headlines to Persuade the Jury," April 26, 2019
- "Anatomy of a Jury Trial," Louisiana State Bar Association 2017 VooDoo CLE Seminar, October 27, 2017
- "The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit," National Business Institute Seminar, June 20, 2017
- "The Law of Jury Selection" and "How Jurors Think: What Every Litigator Needs to Know," National Business Institute Voir Dire and Jury Selection Seminar, Nov. 18, 2016
- “Civil Trial Case Presentation in Federal Court,” National Business Institute, April 29, 2015
- “Ethics of Jury Selection,” Baton Rouge Bar Association, December 9, 2014
- “Advanced Trial Tactics,” NBI, May 16, 2013
- “Ethics of Jury Selection,” Baton Rouge Bar Association, December 7, 2012
- “May It Please the Court: Effective Case Presentation at Trial,” NBI, April 27, 2012
- “Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy,” NBI, June 24, 2011
- “Winning Strategies for Jury Selection,” NBI, December 5, 2008
- “Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages,” NBI, October 17, 2007
- “Building Your Civil Trial Skills,” NBI, April, 2007
- “Winning Strategies for Jury Selection,” NBI, September 12, 2006
- “The Experienced Practioner’s Guide to Achieving Personal Injury Settlements in Louisiana,” NBI, November 17, 2005
- “Winning Strategies for Jury Selection in Louisiana: Communication, Credibility and Common Sense in the Courtroom,” NBI, June 17, 2004
(In addition to the above seminars, Amy has served as a guest lecturer in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, for the Negotiations class at the LSU Law Center)