Meet Lauren Loew. Lauren graduated as valedictorian from Central Catholic in 2000. 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. After undergrad, Lauren attended Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2007). During law school, Lauren 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.
Lauren is currently senior counsel and a litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago and a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and Automotive Industry Team. Lauren will become partner at Foley & Lardner on February 1, 2017. She represents clients in state and federal courts and arbitrations around the country on matters including products liability defense, commercial contract disputes, supply chain management, and post-acquisition disputes.
Lauren was selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers–Rising Stars lists for her work in business litigation.
Lauren’s husband, Taylor Hammond, recently opened The StopAlong restaurant, located at 1812 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, which serves pizza, burgers, and drinks in Chicago. Lauren, her husband, and her two sons, Calvin (4) and Henry (16 months), can often be found at the restaurant.
How did your education from LCSS prepare you for college and your career?
Coming out of LCSS, I was accustomed to being challenged academically and working hard. The wonderful teachers kept me focused and challenged, while my talented classmates pushed me (and I hope I pushed them). That strong foundation stayed with me through college and law school, and even into my legal career. LCSS also showed me how to balance priorities and stay active in the community. Finally, the LCSS community demonstrated the wide range of opportunities and paths after high school. I saw LCSS alumni ahead of me doing incredible things in fields like research, medicine, the arts, and law, and continue to look up to many of them today.
What did you like most about your experience at LCSS?
My favorite part of LCSS was the friends I made, which I still have today. We have varied geography and life experiences, but have seen each other pursue higher education, travel the world (and sometimes travel together), find wonderful relationships, have children, and develop in our careers and talents. But we still have that shared experience of growing up in LCSS.
What is your favorite memory from your years at LCSS?
My favorite memories of my years from LCSS are the memories I made competing with the Girls Cross-Country team. Highlights included winning sectionals and regionals as a team, while making friends with an incredible group of people who worked hard, supported each other, and had a lot of fun. I still flash back to our many early morning meets and practices together when I walk out into a dewy fall morning.