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Lauren D. Darbouze

Child custody Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.2   20 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 19 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 17 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2005
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lauren

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    19 years, 322 cases

  2. Divorce and separation

    19 years, 281 cases

Since 2004, Attorney Lauren Darbouze has offered knowledgeable, seasoned legal assistance. Devoting her practice to providing comprehensive family law representation, she is able to address even the most complicated and emotionally contested issues affecting your family. 

After obtaining her education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, in 2004, Attorney Darbouze was admitted to both the Pennsylvania Bar and the District of Columbia Bar where she gained invaluable trial experience in both small and large firm settings. At these firms, she honed the skills necessary to assist her clients on a personal basis.  She now puts those skills to use in her own practice, zealously representing clients in family law matters.

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Posted by April | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren is a great attorney!
I hired her for my custody case. She was always available and if she was not, she returned my call within same day. Her fees are reasonable and if I ever need legal help again, it will be her! She presented the facts and the facts got me a good custody deal with my ex.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolute Perfection!!!!!!! On all fronts, assisting me with several complications that needed legal handling. To include divorce, asset distribution, child custody and child support. THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS!!!!!
Posted by Franny | April 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, hard worker!
What can I say about Mrs. Lauren? She took on our case and fought for us and fought for justice! I am still working with her and she is so positive, caring, and knows your heart! She works hard, she will find answers and is not afraid to ask the hard questions! She works hard, and doesn't leave you out of the loop. Every step she takes in your case you will know about it. She keeps you posted, updated on everything that has to deal with you. I will tell anyone to ask for her.
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Posted by Krista | February 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deserving of all continued success!
Attorney Lauren Darbouze is an angel! Her ability to maintain such professionalism while still incorporating her heart into the cases she takes on, is amazing! Her unwavering work ethic, caring attention to detail, and enthusiastic willingness to be as helpful as possible, are just a few reasons why Lauren is the only attorney I need! She is the reason why my family remains complete and we are eternally grateful for her time, guidance, and effort towards each step of our deserved togetherness! Lauren's confidence, knowledge, talent, and skillfull court manner bring me great comfort each time I'm faced with a new hurdle, in my case, and with her by my side, I feel hopeful and determined to go on! I wouldn't categorize any one court battle as a "win" or "loss" because, regardless of outcome, being in the presence of goodness, and knowing that you are on the right side of the law, is always a victory! Not only is Lauren an ethical and awesome attorney, she is a beautiful person, and a positive and inspirational example of the strength and grace it takes to have both a successful career and a loving family! She has been and continues to be a blessing to my family, I am proud to call her my attorney, and, I think, after four years of supporting me through some of my messiest mistakes and my darkest days, I can also call her my friend! I appreciate the opportunity to express my gratitude; Thank you for all that you are and all that you've done, Lauren! Your representation has been an honor! May you and your adorable family stay in God's good graces everyday!
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Posted by Amanda | May 12, 2015
very great lawyer
You know its sad when the opposition party tells you that you have a good attorney and they're afraid of them. Very pleased in the success rate I've had thus far.
Posted by Lori | May 12, 2015
Highly recommended!
Lauren was great through my child support and custody hearings. She was very knowledgable and let me know everything every step of the way. She helped me get through a very tough time, I can't say enough, how great she is. Even after the initial hearing was done, issues have come up even two years later and she is always there to answer my questions and help me get through them, and that means the world to me. I would highly recommend her!
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Posted by Lucy | January 20, 2015
Couldn't have done this without her!!!
Lauren assisted me with a horrible custody battle and I don't know what I would have done without her. Her knowledge of the process and professional counsel, along with her caring nature, helped me immensely and I am so thankful. I highly recommend her for any family law matters.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2014
So thankful for Lauren's help!
Lauren handled my delicate case with care and concern. I am so grateful for the assistance that she gave me. She truly cares about her clients and takes the time to make sure that you understand what is happening. I am so thankful that I hired her and recommend her to every one I know.
Posted by Teri | August 13, 2013
Lauren helped me a lot even though I was having money problems, she still took my case and responded in a timely manner I would recommend her to anyone. I was scared because I was told I could not do it on my own, she helped me to get thru this process with no worries. I am doing so much better in every way, mentally, physically and financially and I am doing great on my own. Thank you Lauren.
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Posted by Jenn | August 5, 2013
Child Custody and Child support
Lauren did an amazing job with my case. She was very knowledgeable and really took the time to explain the details of every step of the court process to me. She was always prompt and I couldnt have been happier with the results. I really felt like she fought to get my daughter and I everything that she said we would get. I will continue to use Lauren for any court issues I may have in the future and will recommend her to anyone who needs help!
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Posted by DeVaughn | August 5, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Ms Lauren helped me with my custody and child support cases. She did and continues to do an excellent job. She keeps me informed and is very upfront with me. This is key in building a trustworthy professional relationship. She will go at bat for me in every court appearance. I am very greatful that I found her and would recommend her to anyone. Shes the BEST!
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Posted by Daniel | March 23, 2013
Best Lawyer In Pittsburgh
Lauren is the best lawyer. She is doing everything in her power to get my daughter returned home to me. She spends countless hours working on my case to make sure I win. she doesn't care a lot of money to take the case. Her monthly payments are cheap. I will tell all my friends that if you want a good lawyer she is the one you want to use. I cant wait for my case to be over with and my daughter is back home where she belongs with her father n mother.
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Posted by Michael | September 5, 2012
An excellent attorney, who I wll consult wit again on any legal matter
Ms. Gennett handled every detail of my Pennsylvania No-Contest Divorce (she represented me between April and August, 2012), and from our first communication I have been impressed by her professionalism and clarity throughout a stressful and emotional process: Not only did she handle the legal side of things, arranging paperwork, filings and such to my complete satisfaction, but she is also an excellent communicator, keeping me up to date on the process as things moved along, and answering any and all of my questions very quickly, explaining things very well, and in layman's terms. Ms. Gennet's specialties are in matters related to family law, and I feel that she excels in this area, but I fully intend to make her the first person I consult with regarding any legal issue, and I think this says a a great deal about how well she handled the matter of my divorce, and my high regard for her abilities.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2012
Helped me put the puzzle pieces back together.
Attorney Gennett was extremely professional and compassionate during a rough and emotional period of my life. I highly recommend her as a custody/family law attorney.
Posted by John S. | November 3, 2011
Spousal Support / Divorce Case
Ms. Gennett was extraordinarily professional and compassionate with her handling of my case. She was able to take an otherwise complicated and emotional situation and expertly bring it to a swift and fair conclusion. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and work with her throughout this otherwise painful process. She was a constant encouragement and passionate advocate for my rights and interests.
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Posted by Lynette | February 12, 2011
Best Lawyer Ever!
I dealt with Ms. Gennett for a child custody case regarding my son. It was a very sensitive case and alot of issues involved that made the whole situation diffucult. Ms. Gennett was so understanding and informative during the legal battle, she kept me informed of court dates and meetings even while I was in the process of moving to another state and being seven months pregnant too. She always tried to see both sides of the situation before taking any actions that could come back later and effect our case negitvely. I would recommend Ms. Gennett to anyone who needs a lawyer who is going to look out for your best interest.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Worst most shallow attorney I've seen.
Lawyer wouldn't even set up a consultation. Just showed up, got it handed to me and left cause she was "too busy"
Response from Lauren Darbouze February 17, 2017
Michael, I gave you multiple phone consultations over the span of two months. You waited until the day before your hearing to retain my office and then failed to tell me the full story. I can only play the hand I'm dealt. We did our best and kept you out of jail. I'd count that a victory. Folks, tell your attorneys EVERYTHING even if you think it may paint you in a bad light. We need to know your entire case so that we can prepare the best defense.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Not very ethical.
She consistently insisted on holding my husband accountable for unnecessary work and counsel fees. Even when I suggested a simple letter to remind him of an issue, she went and filed a court order, against my wishes, and made sure to include her fee, which was twice as much as my husbands attorney estimated. She also failed to mention times of these court appearances in an attempt to prevent my husband and his attorney from defending himself. If you are trying to have a simple, civil divorce, she is not the one for this. She constantly tried to bully me into changing any agreement I had previously made and agreed to with my husband. I feel she tried to manipulate me in an attempt to drag out the process and turn it into a lengthy court battle for her own financial gain. I stopped using her services and let my husbands attorney handle everything and it went incredibly smooth.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2014
I would not recommend Lauren unless you had a very easy, slam dunk case. Even then, I would be reluctant. She did a horrible job representing me and lost all 3 aspects of my case. She came unprepared for my hearing and didn't even meet with me before the trial. I had documents for her to use and she did not use any of it. She charged me for hours of preparation which is a joke since it probably took her 10 minutes to write the questions she used. Had she met with me beforehand she would have known what things to ask to show my ex as an uninvolved parent. So, now I am worse off than I was before I hired her, and have to fight to not only get what I originally wanted, but to get back what I started with. Look somewhere else, don't let the hourly fee fool you like it did me.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2013
Worst of valuable time and Money
She is the wort lawyer with out professionalism and responsibility. We hired her 2 years back,,she never posts update on the case. I keep following her up to atleast out of 10 times she responds only once. She charges more even though the hours she kept is few. I would say very very worse lawyer. I was surprised to see positive review might be that was because of 2 years back .Now she might have been lost professionalism and Not at all responsible to respond to her clients but keeps sending bills of thousands and thousands.
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Response from Lauren Darbouze August 1, 2013
If you have an issue with me and my handling of your case, I would appreciate if you address me directly. I cannot rectify the problem through an anonymous post.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Executive Director
  • Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh
  • 2014 - Present
  • Divorce Mediator
  • New Leaf Mediation
  • 2010 - Present
  • Principal
  • Darbouze Law Group
  • 2010 - Present
  • Family Law Associate
  • Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Potter, Attorneys At Law
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Silverman Tokarsky & Forman
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Geneva College
  • B.S.
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Parent Opposing the Relocation of Other Parent in Custody Matter
  • Successful caselaw-making decision for client. The child remains in PA!


  • Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh
  • Executive Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wills For Heroes
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Volunteer
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2004


Speaking Engagements

  • Christian Legal Society National Meeting
  • Addresses Domestic Violence in the Clinic Setting
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (28)
Endorse Lauren
Child custody Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Lauren. She is very dedicated, smart, and compassionate. If you are looking for a Family Law attorney for matters as sensitive as custody and divorce in Western PA, Lauren would be my top suggestion."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Lauren was an incredible attorney who worked for me before starting her own practice. I would highly recommend her to anyone requiring assistance in the area of family law."
Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have been "of counsel" for Lauren for several years now. She is highly professional, intelligent, diligent, and ethical. She cares about her clients. She has been a mentor to me in many ways."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well versed in child custody disputes and truly cares about the people she represents. I highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats her clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism. She is an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend her for future services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very professional and quick response. Lauren was wonderful in a very difficult situation and treated my client with the utmost respect."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer she's an excellent child custody attorney"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Lauren for your family law matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Darbouze as excellent family law lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Darbouze for all family law matters. She has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is a highly respected attorney. Local attorneys know that if they see Lauren in Court, she will be a force to be reckoned with. Lauren's litigation skills are unmatched by her peers. I gladly endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best in the country when it comes to fighting the bank on a foreclosure."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for all family law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as experienced and professional. Additionally Her contributions on this site are thoughtful, insightful, well reasoned and indicate that she is very knowledgeable in the field of family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as experienced and professional."
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