Lauren M. Loew

Partner

Overview

Lauren M. Loew is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and Automotive Industry Team. Ms. Loew represents clients on matters including class action defense, products liability defense, commercial contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty and non-compete cases, supply chain management, and post-acquisition disputes. Ms. Loew represents clients in state and federal courts and arbitrations around the country. She is co-editor of Dashboard Insights, the Automotive Industry Team blog.

Representative Experience

Ms. Loew assists clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters, including:

  • Defending manufacturing clients in multiple consumer class action matters, including in pending automotive class actions
  • Representing and counseling clients in the automotive and manufacturing industries, including supply chain management, products liability claims, and contract enforcement
  • Obtaining injunctive relief, including obtaining a temporary restraining order on behalf of Tier 1 automotive supplier against its customer OEM compelling the OEM to conduct an emissions related recall
  • Enforcing confidentiality and non-compete agreements and trade secret misappropriation, including obtaining a temporary restraining order against a former employee who retained confidential materials after departure from a client
  • Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in breach of fiduciary duty cases, including actions against former employees, attorneys, and business partners
  • Litigating disputes relating to business acquisitions, such as post-acquisition working capital, purchase price and earnout cases in arbitration and court proceedings, including obtaining a multi-million award for a client in a post transaction working capital adjustment arbitration
  • Representing real estate investment trusts (REITs), developers, lenders, landowners, lessors, and lessees in a wide range of litigation relating to real estate, including joint venture disputes, complex loan modifications, commercial foreclosures, design-build and construction defect claims, actions for specific performance of real estate purchase agreements, and sophisticated commercial lease litigation around the country
  • Representing the condemning party in a complex condemnation case and limiting the client’s liability for damages after a four-day jury trial and verdict
  • Conducting evidentiary hearings in state and federal courts, including a hearing which resulted in dismissal of a client as a defendant under the fiduciary shield doctrine
  • Representing clients in state and federal appeals, including securing dismissal of an appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court for the First Judicial District
  • Successfully representing clients in all phases of commercial disputes, ranging from pre-litigation demands, litigation or arbitration of commercial claims and defenses, and negotiation of favorable settlements for clients
  • Assisting clients in bankruptcy matters and defending clients in adversary proceedings

Ms. Loew represents clients in state and federal courts and arbitrations around the country. She has also successfully litigated several pro bono cases, including two immigration bench trials resulting in asylum for a mother and daughter from the Democratic Republic of Congo and withholding of removal for a man from Nigeria. Ms. Loew also coaches mock trial at Lane Tech High School. Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Loew gained experience while serving clients at the Immigrant Legal Clinic, the Department of Children’s Services, and the Community and Economic Development Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School.

Presentations and Publications

  • Co-author, “Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment: Be Careful What You Concede,” Illinois Bar Journal (November 2015)
  • Panelist, “Takings and Condemnation Update: Developments since the Amendments to the Eminent Domain Act; Government Use of Eminent Domain for Redevelopment; Valuation,” Land Use Law, The Seminar Group (June 4, 2015)
  • Co-author, “Seventh Circuit Report,” DRI’s The Business Suit (October 16, 2014)

Recognition

Ms. Loew was selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers–Rising Stars® list for her work in business litigation.*

Education

A graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2007), Ms. Loew was articles editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, recipient of the Junius L. Allison Legal Aid Award and the Philip G. Davidson Memorial Award, and founder of the Vanderbilt University Law School Street Law Program. She received her bachelor’s degree, with high distinction, from Indiana University (B.S. in biochemistry, B.A. in Spanish, 2004), where she was a Herman B. Wells Scholar.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Ms. Loew is admitted to practice in Illinois, before the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar) and the Central District of Illinois, and before the Sixth and Seventh Circuits Court of Appeals. She is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Ms. Loew is a board member and the vice-president of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Representative Matters

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Represented a Japanese-affiliated steel logistics company in negotiating a steel logistics contract with an automaker.
Foley represented Commonwealth Edison Company ("ComEd") in connection with its condemnation of high voltage transmission line easements in Kane County, IL. Foley obtained a favorable jury trial verdict for ComEd, an Exelon Company in July, 2012.The litigation involved ComEd's Northwest Realiability Project, the extension of high voltage transmission lines in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago. The plaintiff was an 87 year old trustee of a family trust owning 112 acres in rural Kane County, IL. ComEd sought a 50 foot easement along the western border of the property for a high voltage transmission line. After filing suit, Foley negotiated a partial settlement of the suit to allow ComEd to obtain the easement and begin construction of the line, while the landowner reserved its right to a jury trial on damages to the remainder of the property. The landowner claimed $4.16 million in damages to the remainder. After a 4-day jury trial, including a viewing of the property, and five hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict of $416,000 in damages to the remainder for the taking, totaling approximately 5% of the total land value and 10% of the damages claimed by the landowner.
Defended a Tier 1 automotive supplier in a wrongful death state court lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after being struck by a train after the garbage truck he was driving stopped on train tracks. The plaintiffs asserted product liability claims against our client, the engine manufacturer, and the manufacturer of the truck, as well as negligence claims filed against the plaintiffs' employer, the railroad, and the Village where the accident occurred. The engineer on the train that struck the garbage truck filed a federal court lawsuit against many of the same parties, including our client. The defendants filed cross-claims for contribution in both matters. The claims alleged that the truck stalled on the tracks. Foley aggressively defended the case, and after taking the deposition of plaintiffs' expert, obtained very favorable settlements of both the state and federal court actions.

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