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Lauren provides legal counsel to individuals and businesses of all sizes and helps guide her clients through complex legal and business issues.  Lauren practices primarily in the areas of:

  • Business and commercial litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Trademark advice and litigation
  • Commercial real estate and construction litigation
  • Trust and estate litigation

Business and Commercial Litigation

Lauren represents individuals and businesses relating to business and commercial disputes, including matters relating to non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, shareholder disputes, breach of contract disputes, and receiverships.  Lauren also assists clients with cybersecurity issues and data breach response efforts.

Employment Litigation

Lauren represents employers in all matters of employment defense, including EEOC and state-based charges of discrimination and investigations, state and federal wage and hour litigation, discrimination and retaliation actions, Equal Pay Act claims, and ERISA litigation.

Trademark Advice and Litigation

Lauren represents clients throughout the trademarking process to apply for, retain, license, and protect state and federal trademarks.  To protect trademark rights, Lauren zealously advocates to protect and enforce her clients’ trademarks rights, including through infringement litigation.  Lauren has also successfully litigated cancellation and opposition proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Commercial Real Estate and Construction Litigation

Lauren represents clients in litigation and arbitration involving commercial real estate and construction disputes, alleged construction defects, commercial lease disputes, mechanics’ lien actions, and easement disputes.

Trust and Estate Litigation

Lauren represents trustees, personal representatives, attorneys-in-fact, beneficiaries, and heirs in contested trust and probate matters, including claims of undue influence and diminished capacity, interpretation and construction disputes, breach of fiduciary duty disputes, and accounting actions.

Lauren is an active member of the firm’s Pro-Bono Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Recruiting Committee.

Practice Areas

  • Business and commercial litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Trademark advice and litigation
  • Commercial real estate and construction litigation
  • Trust and estate litigation

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Best Lawyers In America© Ones to Watch, 2023

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2021

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, 2014
    • Dean’s List, 2011-2014
    • Book Award: Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Fall 2013
    • Member and Director, Intellectual Property Moot Court
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, with distinction, German and English Literature, 2011

Case Results

  • Obtained summary judgment and full dismissal of lawsuit alleging claims of assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, respondeat superior, and negligence against employer
  • Obtained dismissal and finding of no probable cause from state civil rights division for employer defending claims of harassment and discrimination
  • Obtained dismissal from EEOC for employer defending Equal Pay Act claims
  • Obtained favorable bench trial order for client defending against overstated mechanic’s lien
  • Obtained favorable arbitration ruling for buyer in a residential “failure to disclose” arbitration relating to undisclosed water damage
  • Successfully defended against beneficiary’s claim to attorneys’ fees in contested trust matter on behalf of trustee

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