Top rated Civil Litigation attorney in Houston, TexasBoyarMiller
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Business Litigation view more
Licensed in Texas since: 2011
Education: Georgetown University Law Center
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
BoyarMiller2925 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098 Phone: 832-615-4295 Email: Lauren Black Visit website
Lauren’s practice is “industry agnostic,” and she has over a decade of experience handling matters for a diverse array of clients, including in the energy, construction, manufacturing, health care, shipping, technology, and logistics industries.
Lauren has achieved favorable results for clients facing all aspects of civil litigation, whether the strategic goal be early dispute resolution, favorable settlement, or impactful presentation at trial. She also counsels clients confronted with complex legal issues, resolving them well before a dispute emerges.
Lauren’s approach to dispute resolution and litigation is pragmatic. She has a reputation for being tough and smart, and is thus well respected by judges and opposing counsel alike. The teams she runs are lean, efficient, and creative. Never out-prepared, she often prevails against much larger firms, and against attorneys many years her senior.
Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2007, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. She joined the BoyarMiller Litigation Group in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, she spent several years litigating commercial business disputes for large, international law firms in Downtown Houston.
Lauren is an avid Houston sports fan. She has a young son, and enjoys taking long walks with her family in the Museum District, where they live. Formerly a waitress for many years, Lauren loves cooking and all things relating to the restaurant industry.
Examples of Lauren's representative matters:
- Represented a real estate trust that owns, develops, and operates shopping malls in various capacities. Representation includes addressing, bonding around, and invalidating materialmen and mechanics’ liens and resolving disputes with tenants over fees, leasing payments, nuisance allegations, evictions, and more.
- Represented manufacturer of oilfield machinery in lawsuit against major software company, where the manufacturer asserted claims for breach of contract and fraud. The dispute arose out of an unsuccessful SAP implementation and the software company’s breach of the parties’ Statement of Work. Lauren’s involvement began with pleadings and discovery, implicated intensive preparation with both fact and expert witnesses for depositions and trial testimony, continued through an aggressive dispositive motions phase, and culminated in a three-week jury trial. Achieved $29.8 million jury verdict.
- Represented manufacturer of building and roofing systems in dispute brought by former employee, in which the employee alleges employment discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and common law. Strategy for disposition of the lawsuit was a quick and effective deposition of the plaintiff to disprove key elements of his claims, followed with a request that the court dismiss the claims based on the evidence.
- After a client, a technology developer and implementer, terminated one of its regional managers for performance issues, the employee sent a demand letter for bonus and other severance payments allegedly owed under his employment agreement. Although the employee was initially poised to sue the client, quick action, strong legal strategy, and adept negotiations completely disposed of the demands without the need for settlement or litigation.
- Counseled a former director of a valve manufacturer through his resignation and hiring at a different valve manufacturer. Representation included managing the identification, quarantining, return, and remediation of allegedly confidential information in the director’s possession, and advocating against the enforceability of his non-competition agreement.
- Developed and presented a legal training curriculum for the purchasing group of a carbon black manufacturer, focusing on “best practices” in procurement and the “must have” provisions for clients’ services agreements, sales agreements, and terms and conditions.
- Represented commercial lender in lawsuit brought by a borrower relating to an allegedly defective mobile home. The lender was dismissed from the lawsuit after BoyarMiller identified and successfully moved to enforce an indemnity agreement between the lender and the mobile home manufacturer.
- Developed, on behalf of financial institution, a strategic roadmap for handling borrowers’ requests for information in compliance with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) and other applicable law.
- Represented manufacturer of personal protective equipment in a breach of contract dispute with its client, an oilfield services company, over a large amount owed under the parties’ Supplier Agreement. BoyarMiller developed and substantiated an aggressive damages model, managed a successful mediation, and obtained a favorable settlement payment for its client.
- Represented real estate developer in dispute arising from the seller’s breach of a contract for the sale of real estate. The seller executed the contract for sale to the developer, but refused to close the sale, claiming the agent that brokered the deal did not have authority to negotiate on its behalf.
- After negotiations for a purchase of a client by a potential buyer fell apart, the buyer threatened to use the confidential and proprietary information it obtained during the due diligence phase against that client. Within two weeks of receiving that threat, Lauren negotiated the destruction and/or return of all such information to my client and obtained assurances that it would not be used in the future.
- Represented major LED designer and manufacturer in dispute with competitor involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, and conspiracy.
- Registered trademarks on behalf of a successful barbeque restaurant, providing advice on how to best and most economically protect the restaurant’s dining, catering, and product brands.
- Represented a manufacturer of carbon products in a lawsuit relating to injuries that a contract worker sustained while performing electrical work at a Beaumont, Texas, facility. Lauren efficiently and leanly developed the case and secured a favorable settlement with the plaintiff.
- On behalf of oilfield services client, drafted compelling motions for summary judgment in two catastrophic personal injury cases, putting pressure on the opposite side and resulting in a highly favorable settlement with plaintiffs.
- Represented a chemical refinery in a dispute with its general contractor over a failed project to expand and renovate the refinery’s facility. Obtained favorable settlement relating to same.
- Represented oil and gas clients in connection with various actions to quiet title and/or address notices of lis pendens, including suits against groups of mineral royalty owners.
- Advised global manufacturer of steel products on innovative uses of constitutional and statutory mechanic’s and materialman’s liens, to enable my client to strategically secure payment of outstanding accounts from owners and subcontractors.
- Resisted invasive discovery sought from client, now general counsel of a leading waste and recycling company, by his prior employer. The prior employer threatened to sue the client for violation of a non-compete agreement, among other things. Through avid advocacy, both before the court and to opposing counsel, BoyarMiller was able to resolve the discovery dispute—and extricate the client from the proceeding—by producing a reasonable and manageable nucleus of discovery.
- On behalf of top banks and mortgage companies, researched and drafted numerous, successful motions for summary judgment disposing of wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, unfair lending, and deceptive trade practices claims brought by defaulting tenants.
- Represented private equity fund in dispute with majority shareholder over direction and ownership of subject company, a pipe manufacturer. At outset of representation, potential courses of action included litigation and/or a risky buy-out of the majority shareholder’s stakes. Through active negotiations and constant pressure, Lauren enabled her client to avoid litigation entirely, instead negotiating a purchase and sale agreement resulting in a profitable, $1.2 million payment to her client.
- Advised oil and gas producer client in connection with dispute about joint operating agreement, resulting in successful appeal before the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Critical to the success of the case was a well-reasoned interpretation of the AMI (“Area of Mutual Interest”) provision of the parties’ Joint Operating Agreement.
- When a crude oil production company was threatened with an increased rate in violation of its transportation agreement with a pipeline company, Lauren intervened on its behalf. The pressure she put on the pipeline company, efforts which included seeking injunctive relief restraining the rate hike, triggered a favorable resolution of the dispute. The dispute implicated both Texas contract law and FERC energy regulations.
Practice areasCivil Litigation: Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Construction Litigation: Consumer, Construction Litigation: Business, Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
First Admitted: 2011, Texas
Professional Webpage: https://www.boyarmiller.com/attorneybios/lauren-black/
- San Jose Clinic
- Houston Volunteer Lawyers
- As part of the Hurricane Harvey - Houston Rescue Team, Lauren has performed demolition, drywall removal, and other work for various homes throughout the Houston area.
- Duke University (BA Political Science, Minor English, Certificate Latin American Studies), 2007
- Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2011
- Wrote article on access to corporate books and records., Who Can See the Books of a Closely Held Company?, 2022
- Wrote article regarding common law employment covenants, confidentiality obligations, and non-competition obligations., No Non-Compete? Not Necessarily 'No Problem', 2020
- Wrote article regarding current trends in Texas law relating to confidentiality and non-compete agreements., The State of the 'Inevitable Disclosure' Doctrine in Texas, 2020
- Wrote article regarding maximizing the utility of legal demand letters., What About Demand Letters?, 2020
- Presented on developments in employment law, including regarding non-competition agreements, drug policies, and inter-office romance policies., Presentor, Pick Your Headache - Non-Competes, Marijuana, or Interoffice Romances, 2020
- Presented on best practices for and pain points of employers relating to employee cell phones., SmartPhones - Bring Your Own Devices Best Practices, 2020
- Wrote article regarding developments in mixed use and public-private real estate developments., Effect of Sanctuary City Ban on Houston Real Estate Development , 2018
- Lauren developed and presented a legal training curriculum for the purchasing group of a carbon black manufacturer, focusing on “best practices” in procurement and the “must have” provisions for clients' services agreements, sales agreements, and terms and conditions., Author and Presenter, Best Practices for Terms and Conditions, 2017
- Lauren co-authored and facilitated the presentation titled “Pro Bono Ethics for In House Counsel,” which provided an overview of the ethical standards, obligations, and dilemmas confronting corporate counsel in their performance of pro bono work. The panelists “troubleshooted” some common issues that arise in both transactional and litigation pro bono engagements. Panelists were Judge Mike Engelhart (151st Civil District Court), Brad Eastman (General Counsel, Cameron Group), Ivett Hughes (Senior Legal Counsel, Halliburton), and Alissa Rubin Gomez (Executive Director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers). (1.0 hrs CLE which included 1.0 hrs Ethics credits), Author/Coordinator, Pro Bono Ethics for In-House Counsel, ACC, 2016
- Lauren co-authored an article regarding trends and future projections for litigation in the energy sector., Author (co), Projections for the Energy Sector, 2016
- Consistently achieves favorable settlements, court rulings, and verdicts. See below for Representative Clients., 2023
- , Texas Super Lawyers - Super Lawyer, Texas Super Lawyers, 2023
- , Texas Super Lawyers - Super Lawyer, Texas Super Lawyers, 2022
- , US News & World Report - Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, US News & World Report, 2021
- , Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers, 2021
- , US News & World Report – Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Commercial Litigation, 2021
- , Texas Super Lawyers - Women's Edition Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers, 2020
- , Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers, 2020
- , Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine, 2020
- , Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers, 2019
- , Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine, 2019
- , Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine , 2018
- , Houstonia Magazine's Top Lawyer, 2019
- Represented successful owner of large shopping malls nationwide in connection with leasing disputes., 2023
- Represented carbon black manufacturer in large construction dispute relating to installation of an emissions reduction system., 2023
- Represented seller of oilfield services business in dispute involving equity purchase agreement., 2023
- Represented owner of day care center in construction dispute involving architect, general contractor, and various subcontractors., 2023
- Represented individual in breach of contract action relating to a lending agreement and note., 2023
- Represented liquid storage logistics company in connection with range of contractual disputes relating to biofuel, gas, and chemical storage facilities., 2023
- Represented various homeowners in connection with disputes relating to home construction., 2023
- Represented energy trading company and aggregator in contract dispute with publicly-traded energy company., 2023
- Represented minority owner of generator-services company in dispute regarding a share buyout., 2023
- Represented owner of urgent care centers in connection with dispute with prior owner., 2023
- Represented executive in wealth management space in connection with lawsuit brought by family member alleging fraud., 2023
- Represented various software developers and implementers in connection with wide range of commercial disputes., 2023
- Represented various clients, including in the accounting and professional services sectors, in connection with responding to third-party subpoenas., 2023
- Represented owner of hair salon in dispute with former employee., 2022
- Represented wholesale vendor of steel pilings in large, multinational contract dispute., 2022
- Represented distributor in aerospace industry in dispute with competitor relating to alleged trade secret misappropriation., 2022
- Represented stucco installation company in dispute with general contractor regarding large commercial construction projects., 2022
- Represented seller of large company in connection with dispute over escrowed funds and earnout provisions., 2022
- Represented former owner of residential construction company in dispute with its private equity-backed buyer., 2022
- Represented former owner of large insurance company in connection with earnout disputes following the sale of the client's business to a corporate buyer., 2022
- Represented former owners of landscaping business in disputes relating to indemnification and other provisions in the applicable asset purchase agreement., 2022
- Represented principal of family-owned geophysics company in connection with partnership dispute., 2022
- Represented C-suite executive in connection with dispute with prior employer, an oilfield services and waste management company., 2022
- Represented family-owned limited liability company that owns Houston-based properties in connection with dispute with tenant, a restaurant., 2022
- Represented individual in dispute with family member relating to ownership and management of narcotics treatment facilities., 2022
- Represented individual in dispute with former employer over severance package., 2021
- Represented individual landowner in dispute with neighbor involving property lines and adverse possession., 2021
- Represented "point of sale" software company in contract and personal injury dispute with former client., 2021
- Represented owner of chemical manufacturer in dispute with general contractor over large commercial construction project., 2021
- Represented instrumentation company in contract dispute relating to a non-exclusive distributor agreement., 2021
- Represented a chemical company in dispute with client regarding unpaid invoices., 2021
- Represented insurance company in dispute regarding a master services agreement., 2021
- Represented C-suite health care executive in laboratory testing space in dispute with former employer over employment and commissions agreements., 2021
- Represented shopping mall owner in connection with dispute with commercial tenant., 2021
- Represented barge company in connection with dispute with former employee relating to the sale of the business., 2021
- Represented non-destructive testing services company in connection with issues relating to company terms and conditions., 2021
- Represented small business owner in dispute with partner over sale of the business., 2021
- Represented software development company in dispute with competitor relating to trade secrets and confidential information., 2020
- Represented talent recruitment company in dispute with competitor over trade secret information., 2020
- Represented chemical manufacturer in dispute with supplier regarding defective equipment., 2020
- Represented two former employees in dispute brought by former employer relating to non-competition and confidentiality agreements., 2020
- Represented individual defendants, both software developers, in a copyright and trade secret lawsuit with a corporate competitor., 2020
- Represented manufacturer of process tower internals in connection with EEOC dispute with former employee, who alleged wrongful termination., 2020
- Provided employment and human resources-related advice to non-profit organization in the education sector., 2020
- Represented residential construction company in dispute brought by consumer alleging construction defects., 2020
- Represented landowner in connection with disputes with homeowners' association., 2020
- Represented owner of dry cleaning services company in connection with dispute relating to sale of land owned by the business., 2020
- Represented valve manufacturer in dispute with competitor regarding confidentiality agreements and alleged trade secret information., 2020
- Represented private equity fund in dispute with majority shareholder over direction and ownership of subject company, a pipe manufacturer. At outset of representation, potential courses of action included litigation and/or a risky buy-out of the majority shareholder’s stakes. Through active negotiations and constant pressure, Lauren enabled her client to avoid litigation entirely, instead negotiating a purchase and sale agreement resulting in a profitable, $1.2 million payment to her client., 2015
- Admitted to practice in the State of Texas since 2011., 2023
- Admitted to practice in the Southern District of Texas since 2011., 2023
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- Health Care
- including Construction
- Practices across all industries
- Professional Services
- Real Estate
- Waste Management
- Wholesale Trade
- Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
- Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021