A few years later, she transferred that knowledge into the private sector as an associate attorney for Bryant & Kautz, PC in Metropolis, Illinois. There, Amanda expanded her legal expertise to other areas of civil and criminal litigation. She handled collection actions, foreclosures, adoptions, estate and probate work, and personal injury actions, while continuing her expertise in areas of family law.
In 2002, Amanda opened her own law firm in Marion, Illinois, handling all types of civil cases, with the bulk of her practice devoted to family law, creditor rights, and probate matters. She continued to be retained in cases in Metropolis, Illinois, to such an extent that she maintained a satellite office in Metropolis from 2005-2011.