Lauren Fenton-Valdivia is a principal in the firm’s Litigation department and is Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Lauren has a diverse litigation practice and routinely represents corporate clients in state and federal court. 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 state and federal court, trying cases to verdict, 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 Florida, New Jersey and New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, the District of New Jersey, the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern District of Ohio.
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.
Awards & Accolades
- Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2019, 2020
- 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)
News & Insights
- Firm News, 04.03.2020
- Firm News, 03.26.2020
- Firm News, 12.16.2019
- Firm News, 03.18.2019
- Firm News, 10.27.2014
Speaking Engagements & Events
- Webinar, 02.18.2020
- Speaking Engagement, 10.22.2019
- Speaking Engagement, 04.04.2019
- Michael Hensley and Lauren Valdivia to Present on The Interplay Between Email and the Law: Ethical and Practical Considerations for In-House CounselSpeaking Engagement, West Palm Beach, FL, 07.09.2018
- Speaking Engagement, Secaucus, NJ, 06.12.2018
- Speaking Engagement, 06.15.2017
- Event, 05.19.2017
- Speaking Engagement, 05.17.2017
- Event, 06.29.2016
- Event, 02.03.2016
- Event, 12.04.2015
- Alert, 07.12.2019
- NJ Supreme Court Strikes a Compromise, Affirming Self-Critical Analysis Privilege While Ordering Narrative Responses to Interrogatories Seeking Underlying FactsAlert, 08.06.2018
- New York’s Lavern’s Law Expands the Discovery Rule Such that the Statute of Limitations Runs from the Cancer DiagnosisAlert, 02.15.2018
- Jury Issues Complete Defense Verdict in Favor of Quest Diagnostics and Quick-Med In Bowbliss Venipuncture Nerve Injury CaseAlert, 08.08.2017
- Alert, 08.08.2017
- New Jersey Court Adopts the Apex Doctrine, Quashing Notice in Lieu of Subpoena Directed to President and CEOAlert, 05.05.2017
- Alert, 03.28.2017
- Publication, American Bar Association , 01.30.2017
- Alert, 07.25.2016
- Publication, New Jersey Law Journal , 05.23.2016
- NJ Appellate Division Affirms a Website's Standing to Fend Off Subpoenas to Disclose its Users' IdentitiesAlert, 07.31.2015
- Alert, 02.18.2015
Associations & Organizations
- New Jersey State Bar Association, immediate past Secretary, Minorities in the Profession Section
Areas of Practice
- Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2011
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 2008
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida