Lauren Valastro began her career representing clients in high-stakes securities litigation involving the 2008 economic crisis. Over the past several years, much of Lauren’s work has involved representing a diverse spectrum of clients across a variety of industries in environmental and commercial disputes. Her advocacy experiences range from motion practice in the small town Texas courtroom to trial in Delaware complex litigation court to argument before one of the most prestigious federal appellate circuits.
Lauren has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial and environmental litigation matters, including suits involving contamination clean up, commercial contracts, real estate, greenwashing, common carriers, insurance, condemnation, toxic torts, defamation, DTPA violations, personal injury, and fraud. Lauren’s practice currently includes litigation concerning the remediation and restoration of contaminated properties, cost-recovery and contribution actions, claims for property and economic damages, contract disputes, and the assessment and recovery of natural resource injuries and damages.
Lauren’s trial experience includes cross and direct witness examinations, drafting and arguing a jury charge, participation in voir dire, and drafting opening and closing arguments as well as in-trial motion briefing. At the trial court level, Lauren has successfully argued motions for summary judgment, for reconsideration, in limine, and to strike experts. Lauren has also argued in the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals and has represented clients before Texas state appellate courts. Lauren’s pre-trial experience includes all aspects of motion practice and discovery, including deposing fact witnesses, corporate representatives, and expert witness.
Lauren graduated first in her college class from Texas Tech University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law. In law school, Lauren served as a Comment Editor on the Texas Tech Law Review and clerked for Judge Ruben G. Reyes in the 72nd Judicial District of Texas.
Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, Member
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Veteran’s Legal Advice Clinic and Saturday Legal Advice Clinic, Volunteer
Alliance Française Houston, Member
Texas Tech Alumni Association Houston, Board Member
Texas Tech University Honors College Advisory Council
Texas Tech University School of Law Externship Mentor