"She's creative, thinks outside the box and inspires confidence."
Chambers USA


Lauren Goldman serves as Mayer Brown's global Head of Development and is co-head of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate practice. A National Law Journal "Litigation Trailblazer," Lauren has briefed and argued numerous cases addressing issues of importance to the business community in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Several of Lauren's matters helped persuade Law360 to name Mayer Brown a "Firm of the Year" in 2018, 2019 and again in 2020. The American Lawyer recently included her in its “Litigators of the Week” series (October 22, 2021) for her work serving as defense counsel to Meta at a trial in the Northern District of California. Lauren previously served two terms on Mayer Brown’s Management Committee, from May 2016 to May 2022.

Lauren’s practice focuses on high-stakes class- and mass-action disputes, particularly in the area of data privacy; Legal 500 has repeatedly named Lauren a “leading lawyer” in the field of cyber law (including data privacy and data protection). She currently serves as lead counsel for major technology and social media companies in putative class actions alleging privacy violations under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. She also represents technology clients in putative class actions alleging violations of the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, the California Invasion of Privacy Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and various common-law privacy doctrines. She regularly counsels clients on how to ensure compliance with state and federal privacy laws and regulations, and has significant experience drafting and enforcing privacy policies, terms of use and social-media policies for international corporations.

Lauren has also served as lead legal strategy counsel to a major consumer-products company for over a decade in connection with more than a dozen high-stakes jury trials, including two cases in which the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought more than $1 billion in damages and has successfully challenged many excessive punitive damages awards at trial and on appeal.

Lauren is recognized by Chambers USA as one of New York’s top litigators. Clients note that “Lauren is phenomenal. She is one of the best writers I have ever worked with, and her mind is as clear and organized as her writing. She's also truly excellent at client service." “She has an incredible ability to take complex fact patterns and more and turn them into a very clearly written and easily understandable document.”

Legal 500 says that Lauren is “noted for her impressive record in class actions, with an emphasis on data privacy and product liability-related cases.” It quotes clients who say she is "a superb relationship partner who drafts excellent briefs and provides great judgment on all legal issues.” She is “super client-focused, extremely responsive, an excellent writer, and a poised and prepared oral advocate," whose work is "well-reasoned, concise, well-organized, and business-focused." Clients describe Lauren as "smart, hardworking, and very analytical," with an "unmatched ability to work well with other lawyers." 

Lauren has been interviewed regarding Supreme Court developments by Bloomberg Law Radio, CNBC's "Closing Bell," the WSJ Law Blog, The American Lawyer, Newsweek, and The National Law Journal. She has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune and CNNMoney, among other publications.

Lauren received her JD magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review. In addition, she won the law school's moot court competition. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Spoken Languages

  • English


  • Obtained judgment as a matter of law for Facebook Technologies Inc. during trial on a breach-of-contract claim in which the plaintiffs alleged rights to the Oculus Rift.
  • Won a motion to compel arbitration on behalf of Instagram in a biometric privacy suit in the Northern District of California.
  • Secured a significant victory for Meta (formerly known as Facebook) in a purported class action alleging that Meta obtained plaintiff's communications with various healthcare-related websites through the use of cookies, and then used that information for marketing purposes. The Northern District of California granted our motion to dismiss with prejudice in its entirety, holding that Facebook’s user agreements fully disclosed the challenged conduct, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed.
  • Secured a win for Public Storage in the District of New Jersey. The plaintiff sued under New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act, alleging that Public Storage’s lease agreements violated New Jersey law. We were retained to file a motion for decertification after the court certified a class of 160,000 people who had entered into lease agreements with Public Storage over seven years—with claims worth up to $64 million in the aggregate. The court granted our motion to decertify on the ground that 99.98% of the class had never been harmed by the lease provisions at issue.
  • Obtained a voluntary dismissal with prejudice in a putative class action alleging that Shutterfly’s use of facial-recognition technology violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act after discovery demonstrated that the named plaintiff had no valid claim.
  • Filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 102 technology companies supporting challenge to the withdrawal of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in Regents of University of California v. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Represented a major consumer product company in connection with a complex medical monitoring class action trial in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts that resulted in a defense verdict on all issues. We handled all legal argument, legal strategy, legal briefing and the development and preservation of all appellate issues.


New York University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
Associate Editor, New York University Law Review; Order of the Coif

Cornell University, AB, magna cum laude
with distinction in all subjects


  • New York


  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Director, Institute for Judicial Administration