Lauren D’Cruz is an employment litigator specializing in workplace discrimination cases. Her tenacity and dedication make Lauren a perfect fit to represent employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace. In addition, Lauren has successfully represented employees in whistleblower retaliation cases.
Lauren is motivated by her ongoing commitment to advocating for her clients. Her passion landed her on the 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Minnesota Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.
Lauren has prevailed on behalf of her clients in trials with both juries and judges. Notably, in 2019, she represented her client, a medical device account executive, in a jury trial in Colorado federal court. The jury found her client’s former employer liable for fraudulent inducement and awarded her client $1.38 million in damages. Lauren has also resolved numerous cases for six figure settlements for her clients.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys volunteering, traveling, and staying active. She serves as co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In her role, she assists in planning and hosting a week-long Court Camp for high school students at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. She serves as Mentor Chair for the Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court. In her role, she leads a mentoring program that pairs law students and new attorneys with experienced attorneys and judges. She also serves as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Sorority at the University of Minnesota.
Areas of Practice:
- Employment Litigation
- Minnesota, 2013
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2014
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2019
- Juris Doctorate Degree, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2013
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting, minor in Spanish, University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008
- Selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
- Listed as one of “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota” in the April 2019 and April 2020 issues of Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine
- Van Dellen v. Aon Service Corporation, 2020 WL 2468759 (D. Minn. May 12, 2020) (denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act because a genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether defendant’s reason for terminating plaintiff was pretextual)
Articles Lauren has Published
Lauren D’Cruz and Mark Fredrickson, Apportioning Fault Between a Negligent Tortfeasor and an Intentional Tortfeasor in Minnesota, Minnesota Defense, Summer 2015
- Law School Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2017 – Present
- As a part of her work with the FBA Outreach Committee, she assists in planning and hosting a week-long Court Camp for high school students at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis.
- Director of Legal Affairs, Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Sorority at the University of Minnesota, 2014 – Present
Thank you, Larry and Lauren, for all your advocacy and legal advice. I greatly appreciated your tireless counsel and supreme professionalism. You've demonstrated a superb legal acumen and genuine care for me, and that reinforcement and your reassurance really helped me as the underdog employee.
I appreciate the truth, risks, and nuances of employment law after working with Schaefer Halleen, and I will never forget your devoted assistance in this troubling matter. Again, thank you for the countless occasions you rallied in support of me in this fight. It is a huge relief to put this matter in the rear-view mirror so I can get my career life back on track.
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