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Lauren has dedicated herself to helping individuals with their family legal matters since 2009.  She has extensive experience representing clients in separation, divorce, child custody, child visitation, paternity, child support, maintenance (alimony), pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and post-judgment enforcement and modification matters. Lauren is also trained in the practice of Collaborative Divorce - a non-adversarial method to divorce that is focused on achieving a civil, respectful and fair divorce outside of court. Lauren also maintains an active adoption practice as well as an estate planning practice. 


Family problems must be resolved quickly, cost-effectively, and in a way that addresses the client's short and long term needs in a practical way. Lauren understands this and works to craft individualized solutions that are practical, realistic, and account for each client's unique facts. Whether the matter is resolved in court or at the negotiation table, Lauren advocates for her clients in a professional and zealous manner while remaining sensitive to the many emotions and concerns that are a natural part of any family issue. She truly enjoys the work she does and the clients she has had the privilege to represent.


Lauren was named to the Super Lawyers list in the area of Family Law in 2014 and 2015 and has received other awards in recognition of her professionalism and advocacy in the areas of Family and Matrimonial Law. She is committed to pro bono and volunteers her time as a pro bono attorney with The Legal Project's Domestic Violence Connection; providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence in family court matters. Lauren is also the co-founder and co-host of The Matrimonial Law Breakfast Club - a monthly education and lecture series for family law attorneys.


Lauren's other involvements in the legal and non-legal community include: serving on several committees for the New York State Bar Association and the Capital District Women's Bar Association, sitting on the Board of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District and the Board of the Shaker Heritage Society, and volunteering her time as a foster parent for a local dog rescue.


Whenever she has a free moment, Lauren can be found hiking a mountain with her husband, tackling a new home improvement project, or spending time with her beloved rescue dog, Suzette, and cat, Mara.


Contact info

Copps DiPaola, PLLC

126 State Street
6th Floor
Albany, NY, 12207

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    6 years
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Adoption: 15%
    6 years
  4. Estate Planning: 15%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

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  • Marc Christopher Kokosa

    When a client asks if I do divorces, I just simply hand them a card with Lauren's phone number scribbled on the back. I don't know of a more intelligent and knowledgeable divorce and family court attorney out there. Beyond that, she really cares about the welfare of her clients. That makes her stand out among her peers and I will continue to send my clients with family court issues her way because I know how much she cares.


    Marc Kokosa Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Erin K. Hayner

    Lauren is an excellent attorney. She is bright, motivated, and dedicated to obtaining the best possible resolution for her clients. She is also remarkably devoted to helping in the community by devoting time to domestic violence victims, and animal advocacy. I highly recommend Lauren for anyone searching for an ethical and competent attorney.


    Erin Hayner Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


NYCurrently registered 201003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Carol S. Knox Family Friendly Employer AwardCapital District Women's Bar Association2016
Rising Star - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Stanley A. Rosen Memorial AwardCapital District Women's Bar Association2012
Martin H. Belsky Award, Commitment to Pro Bono ServiceAlbany Law School2009
Zela Ulthe AwardZonta2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCopps DiPaola2016 - Present
AssociateYoung/Sommer, LLC2011 - Present
AssociateMaynard, O'Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP2010 - 2011
Matrimonial FellowThe Legal Project2009 - 2010
Legal InternAlbany Law School Legal Clinic - Family Violence Litigation Clinic2008 - 2009
Legal InternThe Legal Project2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital DistrictCo-Director of Membership2015 - Present
Shaker Heritage SocietySecretary2013 - Present
National Association of Women LawyersMember2011 - Present
Matrimonial Law Breakfast ClubCo-Founder2011 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Family Law SectionAdoption Committee2010 - Present
Albany County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Capital District Women's Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember - Legislation Committee & Adoption Committee2009 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Capital District Women's Bar Association NewsletterPrenuptial Agreements: Why Kanye May Have Been On To Something (Just For Different Reasons...)2016
PS: Political Science & PoliticsCollege in the State Capital: The Effect of University Location on Political Science Undergraduate Majors2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
State University of New York, AlbanyPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Talk Tuesdays - URHPChild Custody & Family Matters - NonAdversarial Methods To Separate & Protect Children2016
Albany County Bar Association CLE SeriesBasics of Divorce in New York State2016