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Lauren M. Friend

Family Attorney at New York, NY

4.7   13 reviews

also known as Lauren Friend Law P.C.

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Ms. Friend is an experienced divorce and family litigator and mediator, and has extensive experience in both New York and New Jersey. Before forming the Lauren Friend Law P.C., Lauren had litigated over 500 divorces and family court matters. Ms. Friend received her cum laude B.A. in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and her cum laude law degree from New York Law School in downtown Manhattan. Lauren is the New York State Women’s Bar Association Matrimonial and Family Law Co-Chair. Ms. Friend is admitted in New York State as well as in the Southern and Eastern Federal Districts, and in New Jersey State and Federal Courts.


As a trial attorney, Lauren is an expert at evidentiary rules and tactics, as well as New York and New Jersey court procedures. However, as a mediator, Ms. Friend is aware of alternative dispute resolution techniques that may salvage otherwise protracted litigation scenarios. In addition, Ms. Friend has extensive Family Law experience ranging from custody, child support, and visitation to orders of protection and paternity matters.


Lauren Friend is well-skilled in determining those situations that require a relatively simple and amicable mediation and settlement negotiation, as opposed to those requiring complex financial discovery, custody litigation, and forensic involvement. Ms. Friend expresses constant commitment, patience, and dedication to her clients whether through composed mediation methods or intricate and aggressive litigation.

Licensed for 17 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2005
Updated 03/06/2023

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Law Office of Lauren M. Friend
299 Broadway
Suite 1803
New York, NY, 10007-1134


4.7 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Jennifer | April 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very pleased
very helpful and always available for any questions or concerns. Did an amazing job definitely would recommend.
Posted by ɪɴɢᴀ | November 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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ɪ ᴡᴀs sᴏ ʟᴜᴄᴋʏ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛᴇᴅ ʙʏ sᴀғᴇ ʜᴏʀɪᴢᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʟᴀᴜʀᴇɴ ᴍ. ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴄᴀsᴇ. ɪ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍ ᴏғ ᴀɴ ᴏᴠᴇʀᴛ ɴᴀʀᴄɪssɪsᴛɪᴄ ᴀʙᴜsᴇ ғᴏʀ 8 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴀᴜʀᴇɴ ʜᴇʟᴘᴇᴅ ᴍᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛ ᴍʏsᴇʟғ, ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴇᴛ ᴍʏ ᴛᴇᴍᴘᴏʀᴀʀʏ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏғ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ᴍʏ ᴅᴇᴀʀ ʜᴜsʙᴀɴᴅ. ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ʜᴇ ᴠɪᴏʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴍʏ ᴛᴇᴍᴘᴏʀᴀʀʏ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏғ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, ʟᴀᴜʀᴇɴ ᴍ. ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ ʜᴇʟᴘᴇᴅ ᴍᴇ ᴏɴᴄᴇ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ᴀ ғᴜʟʟ sᴛᴀʏ ᴀᴡᴀʏ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏғ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. ɪ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟɪᴛʏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs sᴏ ᴘᴇʀғᴇᴄᴛ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ʟᴀᴡʏᴇʀ. sʜᴇ ɪs sᴜᴘᴇʀ ᴘʀᴏғᴇssɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏɴ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ. sʜᴇ ᴋɴᴏᴡs ᴇxᴀᴄᴛʟʏ ᴡʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ɪs ᴅᴏɪɴɢ. sʜᴇ ᴋɴᴏᴡs ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ sᴜᴄᴄᴇᴇᴅ. ɪ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡɪsʜ sʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ’ᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴍʏ ᴅɪᴠᴏʀᴄᴇ ʟᴀᴡʏᴇʀ ʙᴜᴛ ɪ ᴀʟʀᴇᴀᴅʏ ʜɪʀᴇᴅ sᴏᴍᴇᴏɴᴇ ᴇʟsᴇ. ɪ ʜɪɢʜʟʏ ʀᴇᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ғɪʀᴍ.
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Posted by Solange | February 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would recommend 100 times over
Lauren was alway in contact via email and was promt on my court dates. She made sure she knew exactly what I wanted yet also took the time it ensure that I had a realistic understanding of what to expect going in. I felt she had a great understanding of the law in regards to my case. With Lauren as my lawyer I never felt uncomfortable or unsure of what the outcome of my custody case would be.
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Posted by Matthew | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prenuptial Counsel
I had the pleasure of working with Lauren M. Friend when seeking prenuptial counsel. She was extremely helpful/thorough in explaining the details of the agreement that was presented to us. I very much appreciated her insight and recommendations. Overall, she helped make the process go by as smooth as possible and I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. I would highly recommend her counsel cases of marriage and family.
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Posted by David | May 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Trial
Ms Lauren M. Friend was appointed by the Family Court in Manhattan to represent me in a child custody case. Ms. Friend was extremely professional and very well organized from beginning to end. She had a tremendous command of the court room and exercised the law with aggression. We won the case and I retained custody of my son. I got everything I wanted. I would highly recommend Ms. Friend as a referral and would retain her services if needed again.
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Posted by Michelle | February 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Visitation Modification
Attorney Lauren Friend provided excellent representation services, with visitation rights for my toddler. Ms. Friend prepared all court documents and tasks meticulously and assisted with securing professional support to testify on my son's behalf. Her efforts successfully convinced the court to make visitation modifications that have insured my child's well being. Thanks to her professionalism, hard work and "no nonsense" attitude my son's well-being was the priority. I will be forever grateful for all she has done to benefit my child . May God Bless her in all she does.
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Posted by Mark | February 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren provided incredible services and counsel for me during a lengthy divorce process. She was incredibly knowledgeable and also listened to me, treating me as a smart collaborator in the process. When the process dragged on, even after the final judgment, Lauren continued to be patient and respond to me regularly. The agreement that Lauren negotiated for me has served me in good stead. She is a great professional who cares about her clients and has extremely reasonable rates. I always recommend her to friends and acquaintances and I recommend her highly here as well.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren is a very thorough and competent professional who always had my best interests in mind. I was always informed and Lauren always responded to my questions promptly. What I especially liked about Lauren was her ability to get the job done quickly and not extend the process longer than needed. Years after completion, Lauren is still available for questions if needed. Now that is amazing help and I highly recommend to all!
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Posted by Nicole Tozzo-Barba | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Last Name Says It All"
I retained Lauren Friend as my divorce attorney. Her last name says it all! From day one she never made me feel like a client but rather a friend. No matter how you slice it, divorce is a nightmare but Lauren was the best part of my experience! She is extremely professional and very knowledgable of the law which kept me at ease throughout the hardest time of my life! She truly is an amazing lawyer and made me feel like my case was the only case she was working on! Still to this day we stay in contact whether it's Lauren checking in on me or me just sending a text to say hello!
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Posted by Taryn | January 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Ms. Friend represented me during my divorce. She was always professional, courteous, and kept in constant contact with me. Going through a divorce was a trying time for my children and me but having Ms.Friend by my side the entire way made it easier. The fact that she took the time to truly get to know me and the situation and I wasn't just some person getting divorced meant the world to me. I highly recommend Ms. Friend to anyone who is seeking a knowledgeable and efficient attorney.
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Posted by Adrian | October 18, 2011
A positive review
I was fortunate to have Ms Friend represent me in a matrimonial matter. Ms Friend was efficient, kind and attentive. The matter was resolved to my advantage.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren was very helpful and personable during a very hard time. She is quick to respond and stays on top of pressing issues.
Posted by Allen | July 13, 2015
I hired Lauren to do a pre-nup. My experience was less then satisfactory. Ultimately I felt she did not educated me well enough on expectations, terms, and norms. I didn't like the fact that her preferred method of communication was email. I felt her efficiency in use of time could have been better. . In paying such a high rate for a professional service I’d like to see that professional being laser focused and succinct with all communication and information delivery as possible. There was a a bit of unnecessary back and forth and lack of clarity on Ms. Friend's part which ultimately I paid for. I ended up terminating her retainer and hiring another attorney who was able to get the job done efficiently and expeditiously.
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Response from Lauren Friend July 15, 2015
Allen, I'm sorry you were so disappointed with our attorney client relationship, although I'm confused as to why you never expressed your preference for phone contact during that time, and instead chose to email me on an almost hourly basis, to which I promptly responded. In addition, I clearly and fully answered your questions and concerns, and attempted to corral your expectations for a prenuptial agreement. I also commenced our work with a complimentary hourlong consultation during which point I explained how disparate your expectations were from NY law. I apologize for any miscommunications in our work together, but feel your review is inaccurate, erroneous, and a patent misrepresentation of my services
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole proprietor
  • Lauren Friend Law P.C.
  • 2015 - Present


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • Matrimonial and Family Law Co-Chair
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Cum laude
  • Harlan Scholarship
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse Lauren
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is a very competent lawyer whose knowledge in Family and Matrimonial Law is unmatched. I would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone in need of a lawyer. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently concluded a Family Court matter in which Lauren had been appointed as the Attorney for the Child. Throughout the proceeding, Lauren demonstrated a combination of skills rare in our community: knowledge of the law, effective advocacy, and civility. She is a consummate professional. I strongly endorse Lauren to anyone in need of an outstanding family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Ms. Friend for many years. She is an extremely competent attorney who fights hard for her clients. Ms. Friend is a worthy opponent and I recommend her services in both the Family Law and Matrimonial areas."

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New York Family Lawyer Lauren M. Friend
Lauren M. Friend
Family Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 17 years