Lauren M. Wagner

Counsel

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Lauren Wagner is an experienced litigator with special focus on bankruptcy litigation and banking, lending, and financial services-related litigation. Lauren also advises individuals, banks, and other financial services companies in litigation and compliance relating to bankruptcy, bank liability, and other regulatory compliance, and fraud. Lauren draws innovative and valuable litigation judgment and finance sophistication from her experience working as a clerk in Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court. She’s also an active litigator on behalf of her pro bono clients, and member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Women’s Affinity Group.

Languages

  • Hebrew

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2015: cum laude; Archibald Murray Public Service Award 2015 Recipient
  • Barnard College - Columbia University, B.A., History, 2012: cum laude

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Hon. Martin Glenn (2017-2018)

Externships

  • US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, Spring 2014
  • Representing private equity fund and former directors in fraudulent transfer and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by litigation trustee for Tops Markets.
  • Representing trust company in litigation over alleged breaches of financing documents and breach of trustee’s duties to pass through trust certificate holders.
  • Representing major bank in fraudulent transfer claims in bankruptcy court.
  • Representing pension plan trust in fraudulent transfer claims in bankruptcy court.
  • Representing outside director in fraudulent transfer and fiduciary duty claims brought by Sears estate.
  • Defended financial-services entities in multiple actions alleging breaches of representations and warranties in the issuance and securitization of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities in New York state court.
  • Represented funds in debtor-in-possession financing litigation in bankruptcy court.
  • Represented major bank in fraud and conspiracy claims in Florida state court.
  • Represented major bank in ECOA regulatory compliance class action litigation in federal court.

Pro Bono Experience

  • First-chaired and won a two-day trial on behalf of pro bono client facing assault claims.
  • Served as co-counsel with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood in challenging the constitutionality of a Virginia statute that restricts women’s access to healthcare services.
  • Assisted in representing abandoned child brought to the United States for lifesaving medical treatment in his application for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.