Lauren focuses her practice on complex litigation matters for businesses and individual clients. She has handled a broad range of civil litigation matters, including class action defense, products liability, breach of contract, business entity disputes, intellectual property matters, Freedom of Information Act challenges, and appeals before state and federal courts. Lauren also has experience in assisting companies with and conducting internal investigations, as well as strategic counseling related to potential litigation.
Lauren’s hands-on experience includes jury and bench trials in state and federal court, where she has presented opening statements and conducted direct and cross-examination of witnesses. In addition Lauren has handled pretrial matters at all stages of litigation, including motions to dismiss, summary judgment, discovery, taking and defending depositions, Daubert motions, motions for class certification and appeals. She has argued numerous motions in state and federal court, briefed and argued appellate issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals” in the treatise Appellate Practice – Virginia and Federal Courts (Virginia CLE 2016).
Lauren is a former federal law clerk, having clerked for the Honorable Mark S. Davis, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Kansas and magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University School of law, where she was on the Editorial Board of the Washington & Lee Law Review. After practicing for eight years in Virginia, Lauren relocated back home to Kansas and joined Berkowitz Oliver in 2019. Lauren has been recognized by her peers in Virginia, Kansas and Missouri as a “Rising Star” in business litigation.