Lauren Paxton

Lauren is Counsel at the firm, where she focuses on complex commercial litigation, including business and consumer fraud matters;  bankruptcy litigation;  employment litigation;  intellectual property litigation;  shareholder, member, and partnership disputes;  disputes concerning restrictive covenants (including non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality/trade secret provisions);  response and resolution of data/security breaches and privacy issues;  and construction claims.  Lauren also counsels clients on a wide range of human resources issues, including employee hiring practices, workplace harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing, as well as worker status, classification, and exemption.

Before joining the firm, Lauren was an Assistant United States Attorney for six years.  Lauren represented the federal government in criminal, civil and bankruptcy proceedings, leading jury trials and resolving cases involving white collar offenses and financial disputes.  Lauren also counseled federal agencies in policy and litigation matters involving defense contracts, entitlement programs, grant funding, and employment and tax issues.  During her government service, Lauren handled a variety of employment matters, including prosecution of employees for embezzlement and theft, and defending federal agencies against employment discrimination claims.

Prior to her time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Lauren worked in the New York office of a large law firm, representing businesses and financial institutions in business litigation, bankruptcy, and corporate transactions.  More recently, she pursued securities enforcement actions on behalf of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in New York.

Lauren earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Honor Society and was appointed to the Order of Barristers for Excellence in Courtroom Advocacy.  Lauren received her B.A., cum laude, from The College of New Jersey.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and before the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the federal district and bankruptcy courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of New Jersey.  Lauren is the Legislative Affairs Chairperson and a Member of the Board of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Gateway Chapter.  Lauren is also an active member of the McInerney Inn of Court and the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) & FWA Mentoring Program.




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