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Lauren focuses her practice on general complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability defense. Her product liability work includes defending numerous automotive and RV trailer manufacturers, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and component part manufacturers, along with asbestos litigation, including asbestos-containing products, talc, and masks/respirators.

Lauren also has a general litigation practice encompassing a broad range of claims, including breach of oral and written contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets, negligence, defamation, and commercial lease disputes. She practices before state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Obtained summary dismissal of multimillion-dollar business loss claim in the defense of a car manufacturer in an enhanced injury product liability claim, followed by a full defense verdict at trial, plus costs.°
  • Obtained summary dismissal of product liability claims for wrongful death against a pharmaceutical company.°
  • Assisted in the defense of multiple Fortune 500 companies against asbestos and talc personal injury claims.°
  • Obtained dismissal at the pleadings stage of a claim against a medical device manufacturer based on actions of a sales representative in the operating room.°
  • Obtained dismissal at pleading stage for a Utah-based franchise in connection with a highly publicized on-the-job employee death.°
  • Managed document review for responding to a civil investigative demand from the Department of Justice related to alleged Stark and Anti-Kickback violations.°
  • Obtained preliminary injunctive relief, followed by a settlement, for a professional staffing company for misappropriation of trade secrets for theft of its client list by a former employee.°
  • Assisted in the defense of a public utility company in a multiplaintiff (300+) negligence action in connection with a 45,000-acre wildfire in central Utah.°
  • Represented third parties and acts as local counsel in connection with subpoenas for documents and deposition testimony.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. DiFrancesco prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Nurse, Special Education, Salt Lake City School District, 2008-2009
  • Nurse, Orthopedics/Trauma, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, 2007-2008
  • Legal Extern, Hon. David O. Nuffer, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 2011-2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, “Up and Coming,” 2020
  • Member, IADC, 2020-Present
  • Member, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, Utah Supreme Court, 2017-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Utah Chapter, 2016-Present
  • Member, DRI
  • Member, LGBT and Allied Lawyers of Utah
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Utah

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2012
    • Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
  • B.S., Nursing, cum laude, University of Utah, 2006
Clerkships
  • Hon. Ronald Nehring, Utah Supreme Court, 2013-2014
Admissions
  • Utah