Lauren Richards is an associate in Weil’s Employment Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Richards focuses on defending wage and hour, discrimination, ERISA, and restrictive covenant claims in state and federal courts around the country, including in the class action context. She also provides counsel on sensitive employment law and HR issues, including internal investigations, ranging from reductions in force and workforce restructurings to discrimination, wrongful termination, and other claims asserted by employees and senior management.
Ms. Richards served on Weil teams representing Nuance Communications in a significant putative class action in Oklahoma federal court asserting wage and hour claims and UnitedHealth Group in a high-profile class action in Arizona federal court asserting ERISA violations, in which Weil negotiated a very favorable settlement following critical victories on appeal. She also played a major role on a Weil team that tried a multi-week arbitration for a New York-based investment management firm involving violations of restrictive covenants triggered when certain key members of the firm’s management team departed to set up a new fund. She also is part of a team representing Country Fresh, a leading food packaging company, in a putative class action in Puerto Rico federal court asserting wage and hour claims.
Ms. Richards received her J.D. from The University of Michigan School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.