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Lauren R Barros

Family Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.7   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1993
    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. Divorce and separation

  2. Family
    Including assisted reproductive technology law, divorce, custody, post-divorce modification, child support, alimony, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, LGBT specific issues, and adoption.

  3. Adoption

  4. Marriage and prenuptials

Lauren is AV rated by Martindale Hubble and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Lawyers. In 2013, the readers of the Catalyst magazine named Lauren one of Utah’s “Catalyst 100,” as a catalyst within our community. Also in 2013, the Community Foundation of Utah selected her as one of its “Enlightened 50” individuals who are “making a real difference in the lives of Utahns through innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good.” Ms. Barros received the award of "Distinguished Family Law Practitioner" in 2005-2006 from the Utah State Bar and a "Most Fabulous Attorney" award from Q Salt Lake Magazine every year since 2007. She and her husband received Equality Utah's Allies Award in 2006. In 2004, Utah Business Magazine gave her the "Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars" award. She is consistently listed in Utah Business Magazine's Family Law "Legal Elite" and in the American Trial Lawyers' Association "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Utah."


In the Fall of 2009, Lauren co-founded the Rainbow Law Clinic, the first pro bono LGBT Law Clinic in Utah. She was also a Small Claims Court judge in the Third District Court (1998-2005), a member of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team (1998-2003), and a member of the Board of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Forecasters (2005-2007.)


Lauren regularly presents on topics within Family Law and Assistive Reproductive Technology Law, in Utah and nationally.


Lauren enthusiastically enjoys cycling, skiing, and hiking around Utah's mountains with her friends and family.


261 E Broadway Ste 200
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-2463

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4.7 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Amy | May 21, 2015
Excellent, knowledgeable, responsive and good experience!
I've known Lauren Barros for over 10 + years. She helped me navigate through a very difficult, time consuming and extensive divorce. She was knowledgeable, informative and always provided me with an array of options and possible outcomes. Lauren is well respected within her community and it proved beneficial during court proceedings. She was always on time and dependable. I would recommend Lauren without any hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2015
Empathetic Law Practice
Lauren Barros was a very wise, fair, and caring divorce attorney, and I am so glad that she was recommended to me. I would highly recommend Lauren to anyone who is contemplating divorce!
Posted by christine | May 5, 2015
Choose Lauren Barros, don't waste time with other attorneys,
I was very impressed by Lauren's professionalism, knowledge and expertise. I was also impressed that she didn't get into the emotional aspects and drama of divorce issues which tend to waste time and keep the clock ticking. I wish I had used her from the beginning of my divorce. I probably would have gotten a better settlement and wasted less time.
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Posted by Kathleen | January 31, 2015
Transitioning Families
While going through my divorce, Lauren supported my view of putting the children's best interests before any other struggles my ex and I were facing. Divorce, always a painful process no matter what the circumstances, can often be devasting financially and legally, however, Lauren kept the process concise, honest, smooth and --- hard to believe --- easy and kind. And it didn't destroy either one of us financially, though at the time, my resources were slim. I would happily use her service for any and all legal matters, especially those dealing with any sort of delicate, family issue. I recommend her to anyone looking for excellent skills, expert service, and incredible credentials.
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Posted by CP | January 22, 2015
Excellent Attorney for LGBT Adoption!
Lauren helped me with a step parent same-sex adoption. She provided prompt information and help throughout each step of the process. Lauren is a true gem in Salt Lake City for any LGBT family law issues. I would highly recommend her to any straight or gay couple (or individual) for any family law issue. I can't sing her praises enough!
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Posted by Sally | January 22, 2015
Sally's Comments
Though I have fortunately not needed to hire an attorney, Lauren would be my first choice. I've recommended her to friends and family for many years and she has always responded with great competence, integrity and intelligence. Lauren is highly respected by the Utah legal community because of her ingenious and passionate defense of cases that are both difficult and timely as moral issues. I can't recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Bonnie | January 22, 2015
Lauren Barros rocks!
I was referred to Lauren by another attorney. Lauren has represented me in various issues relating to my divorce decree and parenting plan. She has always been on top of everything and proactive. She is very organized and always ahead of the game and keeps me in the lead. She works well with the opposing attorneys and brings out the best in everyone. She made sure that I got what was most important to me.
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Posted by suzanne | January 22, 2015
from an adoption professional
I am now retired but for many years I worked closely with Lauren on many adoption-related cases. Lauren was the most knowledgeable attorney in the area on certain types of adoption and I relied on her to give me honest and professional advice and competently handle the cases to which I referred her. I have the highest praise for her work and for her as a person.
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Posted by Sylvia | January 21, 2015
The Best in Salt Lake City
Lauren has a thorough knowledge of the law - she is compassionate, honest and worthy of a 5 star review. Her demeanor in court is impeccable and exhibits a strong dedication to her clients. She anticipates every move of her opponents when preparing for court.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expensive, Negative, Poor Results
I spent a lot of money having Lauren represent me. One thing I loved was how organized and timely she was. One thing I didn’t like was how I felt she constantly played devils advocate and made me feel that I was wrong during the divorce instead of making me feel like she had my back. While she was amazing in court, when it came to settling in mediation, she worded the divorce decree very poorly. I’ve been back to court several times over poor phrasing that has caused confusion and misinterpretations. In the end, she got all the money I had in savings and I did not get a very good result. I feel like she did not counsel me well or represent my best interests.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Co-Founder and Volunteer Attorney
  • Rainbow Law Clinic
  • 2009 - Present
  • President
  • LRBFamilyLaw
  • 2002 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Family Law Clinic, Utah State Bar
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Cohne, Rappaport & Segal
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Small Claims Court Judge
  • Utah State Court
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Disability Law Center
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Sylvester & Conroy
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of Utah
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • State of Utah
  • 1993 - 1996
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  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1993
  • Colorado College
  • B.A.S.
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jones v. Barlow
  • Foot v. State of Utah


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • LGBT Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Lawyers of Utah
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Women Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, Family Law Advisory Council
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member and Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • Member and President of the Board
  • 1993 - Present
  • Utah Adoption Council
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Equality Utah
  • Legal Panel Chair
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Utah State Bar Commission
  • Ex Officio Member
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Utah
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Enlightened 50
  • Community Foundation of Utah
  • 2013
  • Catalyst 100
  • Catalyst Magazine
  • 2013
  • Most Fabulous Attorney
  • Q Salt Lake
  • 2012
  • Allies Award
  • Equality Utah
  • 2006
  • Distinguished Family Law Practitioner
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • 2006
  • Top 40 under 40
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2004
  • William H. Leary Scholar
  • University of Utah
  • 2003
  • Clark Dewsnup Scholarship Award
  • University of Utah
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • The Evolving Practice of Same Sex Family Law
  • 2014
  • National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Fall Forum
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Fall Forum
  • Family Law
  • 2012
  • Utah State Bar
  • Exploring New Frontiers of Assisted Reproductive Technology Law
  • 2011
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology Law in Utah
  • 2010
  • University of Utah College of Law
  • Tales from the Trenches
  • 2010
  • Fall Forum
  • Family Law in Utah
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Lauren
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is among the best family lawyers in Utah. She has built a strong reputation among her peers as well as with the court. She knows the law, is excellent to work with, and has her clients' interests in mind."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lauren is a compassionate and capable attorney who looks to resolve the unique needs of her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren has handled some of the most complex family law cases in Utah. She has a very strong reputation among her colleagues and is frequently asked to speak and present on family law issues. Her ability to find solutions through negotiation is matched by her willingness to litigate when needed."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation

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Salt Lake City Family Lawyer Lauren R Barros
Lauren R Barros
Family Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 30 years