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.
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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
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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
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Carol S. Knox Family Friendly Employer Award||Capital District Women's Bar Association||2016|
|Rising Star - Family Law||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award||Capital District Women's Bar Association||2012|
|Martin H. Belsky Award, Commitment to Pro Bono Service||Albany Law School||2009|
|Zela Ulthe Award||Zonta||2007|
|Partner||Copps DiPaola||2016 - Present|
|Associate||Young/Sommer, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Maynard, O'Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP||2010 - 2011|
|Matrimonial Fellow||The Legal Project||2009 - 2010|
|Legal Intern||Albany Law School Legal Clinic - Family Violence Litigation Clinic||2008 - 2009|
|Legal Intern||The Legal Project||2007 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District||Co-Director of Membership||2015 - Present|
|Shaker Heritage Society||Secretary||2013 - Present|
|National Association of Women Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|Matrimonial Law Breakfast Club||Co-Founder||2011 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Adoption Committee||2010 - Present|
|Albany County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Capital District Women's Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member - Legislation Committee & Adoption Committee||2009 - Present|
|Capital District Women's Bar Association Newsletter||Prenuptial Agreements: Why Kanye May Have Been On To Something (Just For Different Reasons...)||2016|
|PS: Political Science & Politics||College in the State Capital: The Effect of University Location on Political Science Undergraduate Majors||2005|
|Albany Law School of Union University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|State University of New York, Albany||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Talk Tuesdays - URHP||Child Custody & Family Matters - NonAdversarial Methods To Separate & Protect Children||2016|
|Albany County Bar Association CLE Series||Basics of Divorce in New York State||2016|