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Lauren Michelle Marks

Divorce and separation Attorney at Reading, PA

4.3   13 reviews

also known as Lauren Applegate Marks

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lauren

Learn Lauren’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

  2. Divorce and separation

  3. Family
    Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Property Division, Protection from Abuse, Children and Youth Services investigations

  4. Criminal defense
    DUI/DWI, Drug Cases, Weapons, Assaults, Gun Charges, Robbery

  5. DUI and DWI

Lauren Marks is originally a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She attended Pennsylvania State University at University Park where she graduated with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film/Video and Political Science.  Following college, she returned to Pittsburgh where she attended Duquesne University School of Law.  While in law school, Attorney Marks was an active member of the Trial Advocacy team, competing nationally.  Attorney Marks was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award for distinguished achievement in trial advocacy at Duquesne University.  She also was admitted to the Order of the Barristers for excellence in advocacy and services.


Eventually, Attorney Marks relocated to Berks County to specialize in criminal defense where she worked for the Public Defenders’ Office.  Upon leaving the Berks County Public Defenders’ Office, Lauren Marks entered the private law field where she specializes in family and criminal law.  Attorney Marks also is frequently appointed by the courts as a Guardian ad Litem for children in highly contested custody cases.  Attorney Marks is a member of the Berks County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.


Attorney Marks resides in Berks County with her husband and four children.


Palange, Endres & Marks, P.C.
720 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA, 19601

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4.3 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long Term Client
Lauren and I worked together over the course of almost a decade and several trials. She is professional, perceptive, prepared, and effective. She is understanding of the position of her client, and is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. Hopefully I won’t require legal services anytime soon, but if I do, she’ll be the first person I call. Would highly recommend.
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Posted by Mark | August 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Quick, honest, good at what she does.
My case went exactly the way that Lauren said it would. She handled herself with great dignity and managed to get my charge plead down to a summary offense. No jail, no probation. She answered all my questions quickly and thoroughly. I will definitely call her in the future for my legal needs.
Posted by Cheryl | June 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Lauren hit the ground running when I hired her in February, 2016. She immediately got my kinship license with Children and Youth- which I had been trying to obtain for 2 years. She filed enough motions to get the attention of the judge, who then vacated the adoption of my grandchildren to strangers. She is excellent in the courtroom and as a result I was granted the adoption of my grandchildren in June 2016. I would recommend her to anyone needing family/ custody legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2015
Divorce & custody attorney
Attorney Marks is on the rise as an excellent attorney. She is well respected among the court staff and Judges as she is very knowledgeable about the law and can handle herself professionally with poise and dignity while standing up for her client. I, myself, am a court employee and I get to see this first hand. Lauren has helped me in my divorce and custody matters. Although I was lucky to have an agreement and didn't need to go to court, Lauren was always available for any and all questions I had, which were many, since I had never been on this side of the court cases. I would highly recommend Lauren Marks to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2015
Thank you!
I have a young daughter whose father has been in and out of her life since she was born. He had not seen her for two years and then filed a custody case. He was demanding 50/50 custody. First the court gave him a temporary schedule to start to see her once a week over night. I was very worried about where she was staying and his mental health. I hired Attorney Marks for the case because she was recommended by a friend. She always answered my questions and really fought hard for my case. We ended up going to a trial because of how unreasonable the father was being. She suggested a custody evaluation. That made a huge difference since the court could see the father had mental health issues. We won at trial and he only sees my daughter every other week now. This case took a long time to complete, but Attorney Marks stuck with me the whole time. I cannot say thank you to her enough.
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Posted by Alice | October 4, 2013
Attorney Lauren Michelle Marks
I have retained Attorney Marks for contract work, and have found her to be professional, accurate, timely, and excellent in the work that she delivered. Attorney Marks is a highly dependable and competent lawyer. She is pleasant to work with, dependable in the work product she delivers, and trustworthy. I would highly recommend Attorney Marks to anyone in need of an efficient, brilliant, and responsive lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Lauren Marks was extremely dedicated and professional. She always had our best interest in mind and was readily available. Her commitment and hard work did not go unnoticed. I would highly recommend Lauren Marks to anyone who is in need of a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2013
Great lawyer!!
Lauren Marks is dedicated to helping her clients. She is a trustworthy attorney who puts her client first. I highly recommend Lauren!
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2012
Charges dismissed
I tried to handle my case by myself, but realized that I needed an attorney. After hiring Attorney Marks, my charges were dismissed. She believed me that I didn't commit any crime and fought hard for my case. She was very straight forward with me and made me feel more comfortable while it was all going on.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2012
Great Attorney
Lauren was wonderful! She really made me feel at ease. My ex-husband decided that he didn't want to pay child support anymore, so he filed for full custody of our daughter even though I have been raising her for her whole life. It was a terrible situation. Lauren always answered my calls and explained everything to me very thoroughly.
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Posted by Andre | January 2, 2013
Lauren Marks worked wonders on my behalf.....
Lauren was a great part of my favorable outcome in a criminal case that I was fighting for the past 3 years. She was very attentive to detail, and always giving great advice when I needed it. If I ever need a great defense team again, I will be going to see Lauren and Dan without hesitation. Lauren Marks worked wonders on my behalf with Dan Emkey at Emkey Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible Divorce Attorney
Anyone who is young, who has no knowledge of how the legal system works for getting divorced, do not consult this attorney. She did not provide me guidance of the divorce process, she did not advise me what to do next. I felt like she completely forgot about my case and I wasn't important at all. I wasted my money and because of her my divorce drug out for years, which a was completely unnecessary if she would have been active in my case. I do not recommend her for Divorce cases.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2014
My experience with Lauren Marks and Emkey Law Firm.
I hired Lauren Marks (Emkey Law Firm) in April 2013 for a custody case. She was my attorney for just over four months, from April 2013 until the conclusion of my case in late August 2013. In the short time attorney Marks was my attorney I went from being a father who enjoyed close to a 50/50 custody arrangement with my children, to an every-other-weekend father, despite having a very strong case. This outcome is not completely attorney Marks fault. However, her lackluster effort in my case certainly didn't help. For example, a brief due to the court on August 15th, 2013 was sent to me, as a first draft, at 9pm on August 13th. I had to spend the entire next day fixing the two dozen errors in the brief. Errors that included several examples of the mother and father being confused in the text, leading the reader to believe that my attorney was vouching for the mother, instead of the father. To make matters worse, she sued me less than two months after losing my custody case because I could not pay her the balance of my case (+$9,000), despite me making monthly payments and already paying $5,000 for her services. I do not like writing negative reviews but if I can prevent just one other person from getting into a situation like I am facing, then this review was worth it. An attorney shouldn't make their client feel that their money is more important than their case. That is how I felt after hiring Attorney Marks and Emkey Law Firm.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Palange, Endres & Marks, P.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Owner
  • Lauren Marks, Attorney at Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Emkey Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Berks County Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Clerk
  • Honorable Moschetta Bell
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Patrick
  • Not guilty of felony


  • Berks County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Order of Barristers
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Berks County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Achievement in the Art of Advocacy
  • The International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2008


  • Women to Women Magazine
  • Grandparents as Parents: The New Grandparent Custody Laws in PA
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Custody Alternatives Under the New Custody Act
  • Custody
  • 2014
  • Legends of the Bar
  • Women of the Bar
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Lauren
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Lauren on many cases and she has always been an excellent advocate for her clients and has worked diligently to get a good resolution for each case. I have such a high level respect for her that I have referred clients to her when I have a conflict."
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've found her to be a worthy opponent, being very knowledgeable and competent in family law. She advocates for her clients while maintaining professional courtesy."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Marks & I have worked together on many cases, sometimes as opponents, others as co-counsel. She is always professional, knowledgeable and a strong voice for her clients."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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