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Lauren J. Birnbaum



Lauren joined the firm in 2011 after spending 5 years at a Boston law firm defending cases and representing clients in matters involving catastrophic injuries and death as a result of premises liability, products liability, toxic exposure, and motor vehicle accidents. Lauren’s practice with Murphy & Riley, P.C. focuses on premises liability and general liability defense.

Prior to practicing law in Massachusetts, Lauren was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division of the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General Lauren served the citizens of the District of Columbia by providing legal representation to the District agencies, officers, and employees. Her areas of practice included sexual harassment, premises liability, motor vehicle tort actions including cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, and constitutional claims.

Lauren started her legal career as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps as a claim and legal assistance attorney and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Lauren investigated and negotiated civil claims on behalf of the U.S. Government under the Federal Tort Claims Act, and she served our active and retired service members and their dependents on general legal issues. Additionally, Lauren was appointed by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and prosecuted criminal offenses in U.S. District Court. She is currently serving in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as Deputy Chief of Legal Assistance and she recently became DA Select for promotion to Major.

Throughout her career Lauren has successfully defended clients in both State and Federal courts, and through the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Practice Areas
  • Civil litigation

  • Insurance defense

  • Product liability

  • Premises liability

  • Medical malpractice

  • Employment litigation

  • M.G.L. c. 93A litigation

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Florida, 2000

  • Washington, D.C., 2004

  • Massachusetts, 2006

  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 2001

  • University of New Hampshire, B.A. (phi beta kappa; magna cum laude), 1997

  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2000

Professional Memberships
  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (Member of the Board of Directors)

  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

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