"Lauren Goldman is 'a superb relationship partner who drafts excellent briefs and provides great judgment on all legal issues.'"The Legal 500 United States
Lauren Goldman serves on Mayer Brown's Management Committee and is co-head of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate group. She 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 January 2018 and again in January 2019.
Lauren also has significant experience representing clients in consolidated product-liability matters. She has served as lead legal strategy counsel to Altria 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. Lauren has successfully challenged many excessive punitive damages awards at trial and on appeal. She has handled legal issues at retrials limited to punitive damages in California, Florida, and Oregon. In each case, the retrial jury awarded a small fraction of the original jury's verdict.
According to Legal 500, clients say that Lauren 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 her as "smart, hardworking, and very analytical," with an "unmatched ability to work well with other lawyers."
Lauren has been interviewed regarding Supreme Court developments on Bloomberg Law Radio, CNBC's "Closing Bell," and FoxBusiness's "Happy Hour," as well as by 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.
- Obtained summary judgment for Oculus in a breach-of-contract suit in which the plaintiffs alleged rights to the Oculus Rift. The Northern District of California held that the plaintiff partnership lacked the authority and capacity to sue the defendants. The plaintiff’s appeal is currently pending before the Ninth Circuit.
- 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 Philip Morris USA Inc. 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.
- Briefed and argued Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Pollari, in which Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a $10 million award in a sweeping decision that affects hundreds of other cases and required the reversal of tens of millions of dollars in other judgments.
- Argued McCray v. Philip Morris USA Inc., in which the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a defense verdict.
- Briefed and argued Reider v. Philip Morris USA Inc., in which the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a defense verdict.
- Briefed and argued Starr-Blundell v. Philip Morris USA Inc., in which Florida's First District Court of Appeal affirmed a defense verdict in a ruling that affected hundreds of other pending cases.
- Briefed and argued Oliva v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., in which Florida's First District Court of Appeal affirmed a defense verdict.
- Briefed and argued Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Kayton, in which Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a $16 million punitive damages award and remanded the case for a partial retrial.
- Responsible for legal strategy and issue preservation for Philip Morris USA Inc. at the trial of a Missouri class action in which the plaintiffs sought to recover more than $1 billion in economic damages. The six-week trial ended with a hung jury in October 2011.
- Responsible for legal strategy, motion practice, and issue preservation for Philip Morris USA Inc. at the trial of a Missouri suit brought by 37 hospitals seeking to recover $1 billion in costs allegedly incurred due to smoking; after a three-month trial, jury returned a defense verdict in May 2011.
- Responsible for legal strategy, motion practice, and issue preservation for Philip Morris USA Inc. in connection with a May 2011 personal-injury trial in the Southern District of New York that ended with a defense verdict.
- Responsible for briefing and arguing legal issues in connection with other recent and upcoming trials in Oregon, California, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, including a damages-only retrial that was tried to verdict in Florida Circuit Court in the fall of 2013; a punitive damages retrial that was tried to verdict in Oregon Circuit Court during the first quarter of 2012; and another punitive damages retrial that was tried to verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court during the summer of 2009. In each of these cases, the retrial jury returned a verdict that was a fraction of the size of the award in the first trial.
- Represented United Dominion Industries in Moyer v. United Dominion Industries, 473 F.3d 532 (2007), in which the Third Circuit vacated the judgment and remanded for a new trial after finding that the district court had erroneously excluded key evidence proffered by our client.
- Represented the successful petitioner in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, 127 S. Ct. 1057 (2007).
- Represented the successful respondent in Adamo v. Brown Williamson Tobacco Corporation, 2008 NY Slip Op 9849 (N.Y. 2008), in which we secured judgment in favor of our client, Philip Morris USA Inc., and reversal of a $20 million jury verdict.
- Represented The Dow Chemical Company in In re "Agent Orange" Products Liability Litigation, 517 F.3d 76 and 517 F.3d 104 (2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 1523 (2009), in which the Second Circuit held that the defendants were entitled to summary judgment on the basis of the government contractor defense, and that the defendants were entitled to invoke the federal officer removal statute. We also successfully opposed plaintiffs' petitions for certiorari, bringing an end to the Agent Orange litigation after more than 25 years.
- Represented the successful petitioners in Burton Kanter and Claude Ballard v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 544 U.S. 40 (2005). In this tax case, the Supreme Court accepted our argument by a 7/2 vote that the taxpayers were entitled to disclosure of favorable credibility determinations by a Special Trial Judge of the Tax Court. The Tax Court adopted new rules guaranteeing transparency of proceedings as a result of this decision, and the Seventh, Eleventh, and Fifth Circuits overturned the Tax Court's ruling against the taxpayers and reinstated the opinion of the Special Trial Judge to implement the Supreme Court's ruling.
- Represented the defendant in CGB Occupational Therapy v. RHA/Pennsylvania, Inc. Nursing Homes, 499 F.3d 184 (3d Cir. 2007), in which we persuaded the district court to reduce the punitive damages award against our client from $30 million to $2 million and the court of appeals to reduce the award further to $750,000.
- Represented Wachovia in appeal from a $351 million jury verdict in a conversion action arising from allegedly wrongful setoff. We secured a complete reversal: the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ultimately granted judgment in favor of First Union.
- Represented a high-profile investment banker in the successful Second Circuit appeal of his federal obstruction-of-justice conviction.
- Represented Wachovia in appeal from a $239 million judgment in a case alleging breach of contract and fraud. We secured reversal of the $39 million fraud claim and $200 million punitive damages award (the largest punitive damages award in Maryland history), leaving only the $37 million contract award standing.
New York University School of Law, JD, magna cum laudeOrder of the CoifAssociate Editor, New York University Law Review
Cornell University, AB, magna cum laudewith 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