Lauren R. Stocks-Smith

Associate
Lauren Stocks-Smith
Lauren Stocks-Smith focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling for clients in a wide variety of industries, including independent schools, financial services, and nonprofit organizations.

While attending law school, Lauren worked for the William & Mary Elder Law Clinic, providing legal aid to indigent seniors. She also worked as a legal intern at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Lawrence R. Leonard of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Experience

Representative Matters

Labor and Employment 

Lauren has helped clients litigate, arbitrate, and mediate disputes relating to discrimination, harassment, and overtime pay. She has experience managing various stages of litigation, including initial investigations, discovery management, and depositions. She also works with clients to draft and update policies to ensure compliance with wage and hour, disability, and family and medical leave laws, and helps clients implement those policies in the workplace.

Education Law

Lauren assists independent and public charter schools on matters ranging from internal complaints to discrimination lawsuits. She helps clients manage communications with opposing counsel and respond to demands from students, parents, and employees. In response to employee, parent, and student grievances, she has worked with trustees to conduct investigations, assess witness credibility, and communicate findings to their communities. She has drafted and reviewed executive and employee contracts, offer letters, severance agreements, privacy policies, and a variety of other documents for schools. Lauren has also helped schools audit and modify their payroll procedures to ensure compliance under the FLSA.

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude William & Mary School of Law 2016
  • William & Mary Law Review
  • B.A. magna cum laude Bucknell University 2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Recognition
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  • John G. Kruchko Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment
  • Gambrell Professionalism Award
  • Legal Practice Scholar Award

Community
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Pro Bono

As a pro bono commitment, Lauren helps represent individuals seeking relief under D.C.’s Innocence Protection Act. In this role, she manages all stages of post-conviction investigations and proceedings.