After finding inspiration in an international law class at New York University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA, Laura knew that a life in the law was her calling. However, she deferred law school for a few years after selling her critically acclaimed coming-of-age memoir that was eventually published in seven languages. After working in publishing in Manhattan for a few years, Laura moved to Boston to attend Suffolk University Law School as a scholarship student, where she also graduated with high honors.
Once in law school, trial law became all but inescapable, and Laura became Suffolk University Law School’s Best Oral Advocate. She also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Robert Smith on constitutional law matters, was the editor of the Journal of Law and Social Justice, and then became a certified mediator. While in law school, Laura worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School in the Boston Housing Court, and has continued to do pro bono work through the Attorney for the Day program. The path that led Laura to the law came full circle when she was asked to teach the same international law class at New York University that drew her to the legal profession in the first place.
Laura joined Gesmer Updegrove after working in property and commercial litigation at a smaller law firm where, after being in the courtroom three days a week for over two years, she was able to develop her powerful motion and trial practice. Aside from her passion in the courtroom, Laura sets herself apart by focusing on building strong, personal relationships with her clients, and implementing innovative solutions and arguments to each of her cases. Laura has diverse civil litigation experience, but focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and employment law.