Both personally and professionally, Lauren Jaffe delights in forging new paths, embracing the journey along with its obstacles and uphill climbs. That may be why Lauren has succeeded at so many facets of litigation, including commercial, white collar and investigations, class action, and civil rights pro bono. Her preparation, perseverance, and resilience equip her to competently tackle legal problems as well as the terrain of Mount Kilimanjaro, Patagonia, and the Inca trail.
Lauren thrives under pressure, can’t be intimidated, and doesn’t back down from a challenge. This formidable combination of qualities earned her the nickname “alpha male” from the judge for whom she clerked. Lauren’s experience as a paralegal for the Department of Justice, a law student representing a federal criminal defendant, an attorney in private practice, and a judicial law clerk allows her to view cases and investigations from all angles and to devise creative, pragmatic, big-picture solutions. She understands clients’ goals and doggedly pursues them, which leads to efficient, effective case management and resolution.
Despite Lauren’s enviable list of accomplishments, she is charming and relatable. Hosting dinner parties for friends is one of her favorite activities, that is, if she isn’t trying a new restaurant, running or hiking, or at home coaxing her anxious rescue puppy out of her shell.
ClerkshipsHon. Algenon L. Marbley, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2016-2017)
Legal Intern, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (2012)
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2014, with honors
Three-Year Andrew D. and Eleanor C. Collins Merit Scholarship Recipient
Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, Student Member
Research Assistant, Criminal Law
Law Student Association, Vice President, Secretary
Women’s Mentoring Program, Co-Chair
Chicago Inn of Court, Student Member
Washington University, B.A., French and Political Science, 2009, with honors
CALI Award from the Law School
Pi Sigma Alpha
Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Toulouse, France, Spring 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Chicago Bar Association
Honors & Awards
2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants), Best Lawyers®