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 and 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 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 also is a contributor to the firm’s appellate group’s Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog. In addition, Lauren serves on the Executive Board for the Federal Bar Association of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, which supports relationships between the federal judiciary and the federal bar, and is president of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Cincinnati.

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    • Secured reversal by the Sixth Circuit of employee-classification liability ruling in certified class action, which had exposed client hiring party to more than US$1 billion in potential damages.
    • Won unanimous reversal by Supreme Court in merits case involving standards for imposing monetary sanctions under inherent powers.
    • 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.
    • Argued and won reversal and vacatur of 10 counts of conviction in Ohio white collar criminal case following a multi-week trial.
    • Lead Sixth Circuit counsel for large company in ongoing multidistrict litigation, including trial-level appellate strategy and appellate proceedings.
    • Lead Sixth Circuit counsel in pending appeal for major television retailer following extensive trial on contract, election-of-remedies and fraud claims.
    • Lead counsel in pending appeal of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit concerning the Medicare program.
    • Successfully defended appeal in Sixth Circuit concerning US$40 million in environmental liability transferred under asset purchase agreement.
    • Appellate counsel in pending 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.
    • Representing 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.


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


    • Ohio, 2012
    • New York, 2011


    • 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., 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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