Lauren Fenton-Valdivia

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Lauren  Fenton-Valdivia
Lauren  Fenton-Valdivia

Lauren Fenton-Valdivia is an associate in the firm’s Litigation department. Lauren has a diverse litigation practice and routinely represents corporate clients in state and federal court in New Jersey and New York.  Lauren has experience handling a variety of complex litigation, including commercial disputes, employment litigation, professional liability and environmental matters.  Lauren has experience in all stages of litigation, including handling complex written discovery, fact and expert depositions, and the oral argument of high stakes motions.  Lauren has further served as trial counsel for numerous corporate clients in both state and federal court and in various arbitration proceedings.  Lauren also has experience in large scale, multi-district class action matters. 

Lauren strives to understand her clients' business models and goals and integrate them into all facets of her legal strategy and defense.  To that end, Lauren’s litigation practice is complimented by her work counseling corporate clients on employment and regulatory matters.   Lauren is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York and the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern District of Ohio. 

Lauren is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Section where she is focused on dialogue relating to pipeline programs for and the concerns of minorities in the law.  In 2018, Lauren was elected to a one-year term as Secretary of the Section.

Lauren served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, J.S.C., at the trial court level where her love of litigation and trial work first took hold. Lauren received her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Rutgers University, Rutgers College in 2008, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota. At Rutgers, Lauren was a Henry Rutgers and Carr Scholar and a member of the Honors Thesis Program, which Thesis was completed while Lauren worked full-time.  Lauren received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2011. At Seton Hall, Lauren was a Presidential Scholar, Dorothy Day Scholar, and a student lawyer in the Civil Litigation Clinic.

  • Trial counsel for an international sugar company in complex commercial and employment matters in New York, including trying to verdict an employment discrimination matter.
  • Trial counsel for an international sugar company in an FLSA collective action in Ohio.
  • Trial counsel for an international diagnostics laboratory in professional malpractice, employment and commercial matters in New Jersey and New York.
  • Lead trial counsel for a health care organization in an employment discrimination matter in New Jersey.

Lauren’s reported decisions include:

  • Lewis v. Am. Sugar Ref., Inc., No. 14-cv-02302 (CRK)1, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18058, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 2, 2019)
  • Lewis v. American Sugar Refining, Inc., 325 F. Supp 3d 321 (S.D.N.Y. 2018) (Employment Discrimination and Retaliation)
  • Lewis v. American Sugar Refining, Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139223 (S.D.N.Y. August 15, 2018) (Injunction; Employment Discrimination and Retaliation)
  • Lewis v. American Sugar Refining, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108842 (S.D.N.Y July 11, 2017) (Employment Discrimination and Retaliation)
  • Wolverine Flagship Fund Trading Limited v. American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc., 444 N.J. Super. 530 (App. Div. 2016) (cert. denied) (Securities Fraud)
  • Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2019