Lauren Jacobson Bernstein


Lauren Jacobson
Lauren Jacobson Bernstein is counsel in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, where she focuses on a variety of litigation, including breach of contract and antitrust disputes on behalf of companies in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, media, publishing, sports, and investment services industries. 

Lauren has litigated in federal and state court, including multi-district litigations and class actions, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums, including arbitration and mediation. She also counsels regarding breach of contract issues, often in connection with complex M&A transactions, and evaluates potential business risks prior to the commencement of litigation.

Some of Lauren’s recent notable experience includes serving on Weil teams representing:

  • A global pharmaceutical company in connection with numerous engagements, including many complex disputes arising out of drug development, licensing, and other transactions, often with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. These include, among others: defending an international arbitration on behalf of a company subsidiary arising out of a licensing dispute surrounding the marketing and sale of certain flu vaccines; investigating a number of potential claims arising out of a multi-billion dollar asset swap transaction; advising on various pre-litigation matters pertaining to the company’s drug development collaboration agreements with another life sciences company; and resolving through mediation a claim pursuant to a master service agreement made following a merger.
  • A national e-commerce company in an antitrust lawsuit filed by a competitor, in California Superior Court, LA County. Lauren worked on all aspects of the engagement, including removal of the case to California federal court, initial motion practice, discovery, and settlement negotiations, which successfully resolved the dispute in April 2020.
  • A major television network in a programming dispute with a national cable operator following a merger, which was successfully resolved by settlement, as well as in a series of putative class actions arising out of a 2017 blockbuster boxing match, in which the court granted the network’s motion to compel individual arbitration, ultimately leading to settlement.

Lauren also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing clients opposing anti-abortion legislation and in various disability rights matters. Recently, Lauren was a key member of the Weil team that secured a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of North Dakota’s abortion ban – a motion she argued before the court.

Lauren received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from Emory University.

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