Laura represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on class action litigation in the financial services, retail and energy industries.
Her substantive areas of concentration include federal consumer protection statutes, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), as well as state consumer protection laws directed at false advertising and unfair competition and trade practices.
Beyond her class action litigation experience, Laura has assisted her clients in defending cases involving mineral rights disputes, employment discrimination, products liability, commercial fraud, trade secrets, tortious interference and other business torts, and contract disputes.
Laura practices before both state and federal courts across the country. She has also handled appellate matters before the Illinois and Pennsylvania appellate courts and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Seventh and Ninth Circuits.
During law school, Laura was a judicial extern for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to and during law school, Laura worked as a structural engineer. In law school, Laura was a member of the Law Review and a teaching assistant. While completing her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, she was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Gamma Sigma Alpha honor societies. She was also a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Laura has maintained a pro bono practice representing individuals in a variety of matters, including zoning disputes and applications for asylum. Her most significant pro bono accomplishment was attaining asylum—in contested U.S. Immigration Court trial—on behalf of a Southern Cameroonian mother who had been terrorized for her political affiliation.
Representation of major retailer in multi-district litigation in successfully dismissing putative class claims alleging violations of over seven states’ consumer protection laws.
Representation of major companies across various industries (financials services, retail, etc.) in class actions alleging violations of the TCPA.
Representation of major retailer in successfully dismissing putative class claims alleging false advertising under consumer protection laws.
Representation of credit card company in successfully compelling arbitration in class action alleging unfair competition and false advertising.
Representation of major retailer in successfully defeating class certification in lawsuit alleging claims under California unfair competition law.
Representation of major student loan originator in putative class action alleging various violations of consumer protection laws and the FCRA.
Representation of major retailer in successfully defeating class certification in lawsuit alleging violations of California Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.
Representation of attorney debt collectors in successfully dismissing multiple lawsuits alleging violations of the FDCPA and state deceptive practices act claims.
Representation of major retailer in defending nationwide class claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act in connection with allegations of off-the-clock work.
Representation of major retailer in successfully defending several claims under California privacy laws, the California Labor Code, and common law torts brought by current and former employees.
Representation of several major companies in employment discrimination matters, including age, race, gender, and disability discrimination claims, in both state and federal courts.
Representation of company in defending employment discrimination claims under the Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
Representation of major energy companies in individual and class actions relating to oil and gas lease disputes.
Representation of companies in successfully enforcing trademark rights.
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
Member, Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania