"The opportunity to use my education and training to empower others is what most attracted me to the legal profession. The practice of workers’ compensation law allows me to do just that. In every case, we strive to educate our clients on their rights under the law, understand the unique circumstances of their particular case, assist them in navigating the legal system, and provide unmatched attention to detail. The opportunity to represent North Carolina workers is truly a privilege. "
Lauren grew up in Mooresville and began working at The Sumwalt Law Firm after graduating from Wake Forest University. She clerked with the firm during her summer breaks from the University of South Carolina School of Law and joined the firm as an attorney in 2013. She practices primarily in the area of workers’ compensation law. She has experience handling a wide range of work injury, occupational disease, and death claims, including complex workers’ compensation claims involving attendant care.
Outside her practice, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
- J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law (2012)
- B.A. Political Science, Wake Forest University (2007)
Areas of Practice
- Workers' Compensation
- Personal Injury
Licensed to practice before all state courts in North Carolina.
Memberships and Affiliations
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
- Workers’ Compensation Section
- Executive Committee (2019-2020)
- Education Committee (2016-2017)
- Women’s Caucus
- Chair (2019-2020)
- Co-Chair (2018-2019)
- Secretary (2017-2018)
- Charlotte Region Co-Chair (2016-2017)
- New Lawyers Division
- Workers’ Compensation Section Liaison (2014-2016)
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Mecklenburg County Bar
- Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG)
- LexisNexis Practice Guide North Carolina Workers’ Compensation, Chapter 1: Client Intake, LexisNexis, 2019 (co-authored with Viral Mehta).
- LexisNexis Practice Guide North Carolina Workers’ Compensation, Chapter 3: Informal Proceedings, LexisNexis, 2019.
- New Lawyers Survival Guide, Workers’ Compensation Law, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2019.
Legal Seminar Presentations
- “Trying a Credibility Case Before the Industrial Commission,” Quirky Issues in Workers’ Compensation (North Carolina Advocates for Justice, September 15, 2017).
- “Social Security Offsets and North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Workers’ Compensation from A to Z (National Business Institute, October 20, 2015).