Lauren S. Colton
Office Managing Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment
"She is simply outstanding. She has an excellent grasp of the law as well as the facts, she thinks strategically and creatively to mount an effective defense in the most efficient manner possible. She is also a sheer pleasure to work with and excels at delivering top-rate client service."
Lauren Colton has a proven track record of obtaining favorable litigation results for clients in individual cases, mass torts and class actions in federal and state courts across the United States. Known for her innovative and aggressive defense strategies, Lauren serves as national product liability counsel for multiple manufacturers. In these roles, she uses her technical and scientific knowledge and understanding of her clients' regulatory and commercial environments to achieve successful outcomes. In addition to representing clients in high stakes litigation, Lauren routinely counsels clients, including developers of digital technology, at all stages of product development to help mitigate potential risks and assists with crisis management when the need arises.
As head of the firm’s Products Law practice, Lauren leads a global coordinated team of lawyers and scientists. She is regarded for her strong and diverse team and her commitment to mentoring and developing young lawyers. Her litigation team also frequently includes regulatory colleagues as Lauren understands the importance of regulatory issues in many product-related issues.
Nationally recognized for her product liability expertise, Lauren has been described by clients in Chambers USA Guide as “very sharp, highly experienced in product liability“ and commended for her ability to “solve complex problems.”
"She is responsive and thinks strategically about how decisions could play out under the threat of litigation. She is knowledgeable, creative and provides us with options throughout the decision-making process."
Serving as U.S. product liability counsel for multiple pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device manufacturers.
Representing a global pharmaceutical manufacturer in six consolidated consumer fraud class actions.
Representing a leading beverage manufacturer in a consumer fraud nationwide putative class action involving allegations that is product contains PFAS.
Representing an apparel manufacturer in a consumer fraud nationwide putative class action involving allegations that certain products contain PFAS.
Representing a leading biotechnology company in clinical trial litigation.
Representing a university and medical center in a lawsuit by 800 Guatemalans relating to studies conducted in the 1940s.
- J.D., University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, with honors, Order of the Coif, 2000
- B.A., University of Michigan, high distinction, 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland