Lauren J. Hartz is a partner in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and a core member of the firm’s Education Practice. She focuses on appellate litigation involving complex questions of statutory, administrative, and constitutional law. Ms. Hartz also has an active trial practice developing legal strategy and authoring critical motions in high-stakes litigation, including numerous class actions.
Ms. Hartz has represented diverse clients through all stages of civil litigation and arbitration. She has argued before the Courts of Appeals for the DC Circuit and the Seventh Circuit and served as lead drafter for multiple merits cases in the US Supreme Court. Ms. Hartz has significant experience with class action practice, including consumer and employment class actions.
Ms. Hartz has particular experience representing institutions of higher education. An active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), where she serves on the Committee on Legal Education, Ms. Hartz has defended institutions of higher education in litigation over campus speech, Title IX, employment discrimination, and more. She also counsels clients on affirmative action, faculty diversity, and gender equity. Ms. Hartz has achieved victories in high-profile litigation at the trial and appellate court levels for institutions in the Ivy League, the Big 10, the Big 12, and the ACC. In addition, she has coordinated and authored amicus briefs representing the views of more than 100 institutions of higher education in matters related to immigration. Ms. Hartz also has experience conducting sensitive internal investigations related to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Ms. Hartz maintains an active pro bono practice centered on public benefits, indigent defense, and voting rights. She successfully argued on behalf of a prisoner in Robert Williams v. Wexford Health Sources, resulting in a precedential opinion from the Seventh Circuit. She previously served as an associate trustee of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Ms. Hartz graduated from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law and Chair of Yale Law Women. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude and with honors from Dartmouth College. After graduating from law school, Ms. Hartz joined a litigation boutique in Washington, DC, where her practice focused on class actions and constitutional litigation. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Allyne R. Ross of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York and for the Honorable William J. Kayatta, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Ms. Hartz is admitted to practice in Maine and the District of Columbia.