Lauren E. Lake, Associate

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  • This above all: to thine own self be true.

    -William Shakespeare

    Lauren is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group.

Contact

llake@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4004

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Lauren is an Associate with the firm's Litigation practice group.

Lauren’s practice encompasses complex commercial litigation matters focusing on real estate, contract, employment, trusts and estates, unfair competition, trade secrets, negligence and environmental matters.

Prior to joining Gordon Feinblatt, she was a Judicial Clerk for the Hon. A. David Copperthite of the U.S. District Court for the District Court of Maryland, and the Hon. Douglas R. M. Nazarian of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. She is also a Maryland Rule 17 Certified Mediator and a Consumer Commissioner of the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

Lauren received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore and was Business Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review.

In her spare time, she is a marathon and ultramarathon runner, having participated in the Boston Marathon. She also enjoys playing softball and volleyball.

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

Represented publicly held bank in hostile takeover/proxy litigation in federal court. Case successfully settled after prevailing on motion to dismiss which knocked out majority of plaintiff’s claims.

Employment Litigation

Represented employers in defending a broad range of employment related claims in federal and state courts, including ERISA-based claims, violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, wage claims, and cases alleging improper termination, employment discrimination and retaliation.

Ongoing representation of bank in Maryland state court involving claims for breach of non-compete and non-solicit provisions against an employee after his resignation.

Construction Litigation

Represented developer/owner in architect malpractice and breach of contract case against national architectural firm relating to incorrectly designed garage for residential condominium and apartment building in arbitration matter before the American Arbitration Association. Case settled successfully.

Ongoing representation of developer/owner of solar power project in state court involving claims by plaintiff of negligence and trespass relating to water intrusion and related damage on plaintiff’s property.

Real Estate Litigation

Ongoing representation of real estate development company in Delaware Chancery Court regarding breach of contract and declaratory judgment claims arising from interpretation of commercial lease with purchase option provision and subsequent sale agreement.

Successful representation of developer and nonprofit entity which rehabilitated a low-income neighborhood in inner city Baltimore against claims of racial discrimination and breach of contract; prevailed on claims brought by both the Housing and Urban Development Commission and the Maryland Civil Rights Commission and represented entities in investigation brought by the Maryland Consumer Protection Agency.

Environmental Litigation

Obtained summary judgment for Maryland state agency in breach of contract and misrepresentation action in Montgomery County Circuit Court brought by the operator of waste-to-energy facility.

Successful representation of owner/operator of waste incinerator facility in Baltimore City in suit seeking to set aside City regulations that imposed more stringent air quality standards on operator than the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of the Environment.

Honors

Named toBest Lawyers: Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation, 2021 and 2022

Selected to Rising Stars of Maryland Super Lawyers® list for Civil Litigation since 2020

Recipient, Presidential Award, Bar Association of Baltimore City, 2022

Recipient, Public Service Award, Bar Association of Baltimore City, Young Lawyers Division, 2019-2020

Named a Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Honoree, The Daily Record, 2019

Recipient, Emerging Leaders United 2019 Philanthropic Five Award, United Way of Central Maryland

Recipient, Rising Star Award, University of Baltimore Law Alumni Association, 2019

Named Leadership in Law-Generation J.D. Honoree, The Daily Record, 2019

Co-Winner, Maryland State Bar Association-Young Lawyers Section Best Event Award for the 2018 YLS Spring Charity Event

News

Professional and Civic Involvement

Commissioner, Maryland Home Improvement Commission, 2019-present

Bar Association of Baltimore City, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, 2020-2021; Chair-Elect, 2019-2020; Secretary, 2018-2019; Member-at-Large, 2017-2018; Mentoring Committee Member, 2016-present; Nominating Committee Chair, 2017-2019; Policy & Planning Committee Chair, 2019-2020; Public Service Committee Co-Chair, 2017-2019

Bar Association of Baltimore City, Executive Council, 2018-present; Business Litigation Committee Member, 2017-present; Communications and News Journal Committee Member, 2018-present; Memorial Committee-Member, 2018-2019

Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Chair-Elect, 2022-2023; Treasurer, 2021-2022; Baltimore City Circuit Representative, 2020-2021; Member-at-Large, 2019-2020; Council Member, 2017-present; Activities Committee-Co-Chair, 2017-2019; Nominating Committee Member, 2017-2019

Maryland State Bar Association, Board of Governors Representative for Baltimore City, 2021-2023

Member, Women's Bar Association of Maryland

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Women Lawyers as Leaders

"Head of Family" Volunteer, Thread, 2017-present

University of Baltimore Law Alumni Association, Outreach Chair, 2020-2022; Member-at-Large, 2019-2020

Volunteer, Back on My Feet, 2009-present

Member, Public Justice Center, Lawyers’ Alliance, 2020-2021

Member, GBMC Philanthropy, Father’s Day 5K Race Planning Committee, 2019

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-presenter with Robert Gaumont, “Electronically Stored Information,”, James McGill Inns of Court in Howard County, October 20, 2021
  • Co-author of "How Much Is It Worth? A Look at Trade Secret Damages" on Dec. 6, 2019, for the American Bar Association's Business Torts & Unfair Competition's publication, Winter 2020, Vol. 27, Issue 1.

Contact

llake@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4004

Teams

EMERGE
Litigation
Technology & Intellectual Property

Education

J.D., Business Law, summa cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2016
B.A., English - Professional Writing, summa cum laude, University of Baltimore, 2013

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 2016