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Lauren Black

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

2925 Richmond Ave, 14th Floor
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-850-7766
Fax: 713-552-1758
Email: Lauren Black
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Lauren Black, a native Houstonian, is a successful civil trial lawyer, and has favorably resolved cases for clients in the construction, financial, manufacturing, healthcare, and energy industries, in both state and federal courts.

She has achieved results for clients facing all aspect of civil litigation, whether the strategic goal be early dispute resolution, favorable settlement, or impactful presentation at trial.

Prior to joining the firm, Lauren spent several years litigating a diverse array of commercial business disputes for large, international law firms in downtown Houston.  She is devoted to pro bono practice, and was a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas from 2012 to 2016.

Lauren graduated in 2011 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  At Georgetown, Lauren focused her coursework on trial practice and alternative dispute resolution.  While in law school, she clerked for a small law firm in the District, representing clients in a qui tam action against a national health care provider.  She also worked as a researcher for two non-profit organizations focused on international human rights.

Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, an English minor, and a Latin American Studies certificate. She is an avid Duke basketball fan, and even more passionate about Houston sports teams.

Lauren’s practice focuses specifically on:

  • Employment disputes—Lauren is frequently retained by both employers and employees facing tricky employment issues.  Lauren guides her clients through complex employment issues, such as how to comply or enforce non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, NDAs, and confidentiality agreements.  She has substantial experience in securing and ensuring the return of confidential, trade secret, and proprietary information.  She also represents clients in litigation arising out of EEOC retaliation and discrimination complaints, and advises clients on how to manage their workforces while avoiding such litigation.
  • Energy litigation—Lauren has either asserted or defended every common law civil litigation claim under the sun—breaches of contract, fraud, defamation, libel, trade secret misappropriation, negligence, deceptive trade practices, and more.  Lauren has a particularly high level of familiarity doing this for her energy clients, and has represented E&P companies, private equity funds in the energy space, oilfield services companies, manufacturers in the energy space, and more.  She understands the energy industry and the particular issues its players face.
  • Pre-litigation strategy—Lauren often gets calls from clients who see a potential dispute on the horizon and just want to make sure they are on the right track.  Lauren assesses those clients’ risks and exposure, provides legal advice on key substantive issues, and, where necessary, negotiates early resolutions to avoid litigation entirely.

About Lauren Black

First Admitted: 2011, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • 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., 2017

Educational Background

  • Duke University (BA Political Science, Minor English, Certificate Latin American Studies), 2007
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 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 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, 2017
  • Lauren co-authored an article regarding trends and future projections for litigation in the energy sector., Author (co),, 2016


  • On July 20, 2017, in ValvTechnologies, Inc. (VTI) v. Cooper Valves, LLC and Barry Don Hoeffner, secured reversal by Fourteenth Court of Appeals of a district court’s temporary injunction, which holding advances Texas law on non-competition and trade secret claims. (Case No. 14-16-00879-CV)., 2017
  • 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. Lauren developed and substantiated an aggressive damages model, managed a successful mediation, and obtained a favorable settlement payment for its client., 2016
  • Represented commercial lender in lawsuit brought by a borrower relating to an allegedly defective mobile home. The lender was dismissed from the lawsuit after Lauren identified and successfully moved to enforce an indemnity agreement between the lender and the mobile home manufacturer., 2016
  • 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., 2016
  • 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 as chair in that trial., 2015
  • 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


  • , US News & World Report – Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • , Houstonia Magazine's Top Lawyer, 2019
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Office Location for Lauren Black

2925 Richmond Ave
14th Floor
Houston, TX 77098

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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