Lauren I. Smith, Equity Partner

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Mendes is one of the largest firms in the country entirely devoted to the practice of insurance law.

Lauren’s practice focuses on matters involving toxic exposure to hazardous substances, including asbestos, and her experience has encompassed all aspects of claims handling - from early legal evaluation and issue identification through litigation, discovery, mediation, trial and negotiated settlements.  She has served as both coverage counsel and defense counsel in a wide variety of matters.

As coverage counsel, Lauren has been retained by numerous domestic and international insurers, including various syndicates at Lloyd’s, London and other London Market entities.  As defense counsel , Lauren has represented several Fortune 500 companies in products liability matters and is currently the primary defense counsel for a major aircraft parts manufacturer in the ongoing New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL).  Lauren also serves as National Coordinating counsel for similar clients, whereby she supervises and coordinates defense strategies in other legal actions throughout the country.

Lauren is a member of the American Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and the Association of Professional Insurance Women.

Lauren is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.