Lauren Kuley is co-chair of the Appellate & Supreme Court Practice. She leads complex appeals and critical motions practice in courts nationwide. She simplifies complex issues and develops creative arguments to curtail legal disputes and overturn bad outcomes. Deploying this strategy, Lauren has argued and won reversals of significant verdicts on appeal and obtained dismissal of high-stakes claims at the pleading stage in federal courts. In the US Supreme Court, Lauren authored the briefs leading to a unanimous reversal for a Fortune 500 company. Lauren previously served in the Ohio Solicitor General’s office, representing the State of Ohio in matters before the Ohio Supreme Court and the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before that, she served as a law clerk for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

    Lauren serves as President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, which supports relationships between the federal judiciary and the federal bar. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she teaches the Sixth Circuit Appellate Clinic and represents indigent individuals. She is a contributor to the firm’s appellate group’s Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog. In addition, she is president of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Cincinnati.

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    • Won reversal by the Sixth Circuit of employee-classification ruling in certified class action, which exposed the hiring party to more than US$1 billion in potential damages and defeated subsequent appeal.
    • Argued and won reversal and vacatur of 10 counts of conviction in an Ohio white-collar criminal case following a multi-week trial.
    • Argued and won decision by Fifth Circuit reversing jury verdict and ordering judgment as a matter of law in favor of large annuity issuer following loss at trial over acquisition of structured settlement payments and issues of fraudulent transfer.
    • Serving as Sixth Circuit counsel and national appellate strategy expert for leading insurer in appeals relating to COVID-19 business interruption claims.
    • Serving as Sixth Circuit counsel for global manufacturer’s appeal from US$40 million verdict in multidistrict litigation and advisor on appellate strategy in trial proceedings.
    • Serving as appellate counsel in bad-faith lawsuit against insurer seeking US$1 billion in damages where issues in Eight Circuit appeal include proper construction of policy limits.
    • Serving as appellate counsel for financial services company in putative class action alleging violations of wage and labor laws in the Ninth Circuit.
    • Representing Ohio medical groups as amicus in ongoing Ohio Supreme Court proceedings regarding statute of repose for medical malpractice claims.
    • Successfully defended appeal in Sixth Circuit concerning US$40 million in environmental liability transferred under asset purchase agreement.
    • Lead counsel in appeal of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit (settled before a decision) concerning federal jurisdiction over reimbursement disputes in the Medicare program.
    • Wrote briefs leading to unanimous reversal by US Supreme Court in merits case involving standards for imposing monetary sanctions under inherent powers.
    • Served as lead Sixth Circuit counsel in appeal for major television retailer following extensive trial on contract, election-of-remedies and fraud claims.
    • Appellate counsel in Second Circuit appeal regarding the efforts of parties to a civil case in Spain to obtain discovery in New York pursuant to 28 USC §1782.
    • Represented defendant real estate entities in a US DOJ federal court action alleging violations at multistate housing developments under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Obtained an order striking class allegations at the pleading stage in putative class action filed in federal court against a Fortune 50 client.
    • Secured dismissal of RICO and other tort claims against a reinsurer and third party claims administrator by policyholder alleging interference in administration of policy.
    • Won dismissal at the pleading stage of federal claims in payor-provider dispute concerning emergency treatment issues.
    • Prevailed in arbitration on behalf of financial services company in dispute over attempted rescission of redemption agreement.

    Education

    • Harvard University, J.D., magna cum laude, executive editor, Harvard International Law Journal, 2010
    • Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, 2006

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2012
    • New York, 2011

    Courts

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
    • Received Amicus Service Awards from the International Municipal Lawyers Association for authoring US Supreme Court brief that provided winning argument not set forth by the parties
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