“Justice is truth in action.” Benjamin Disraeli
Lauri is a Senior Attorney at AlderLaw representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, and premises liability cases, including burn injuries, spinal cord and brain injuries along with wrongful death cases. Prior to joining AlderLaw in 2015, Lauri was a deputy public defender in Los Angeles County. As a deputy public defender, Lauri developed her skills as a litigator first-hand in the courtroom, zealously representing clients in trial and motion practice. Lauri has tried over 85 jury trials including the most serious and violent felonies, such as murder, sex offenses, attempted murder, mayhem, assault, kidnap, robbery, arson, domestic battery, major fraud, crimes against peace officers, drug sales and trafficking, third strike and life cases. She has passionately advocated on behalf of clients with severe mental disorders, developmental disabilities, drug addiction, and childhood trauma. Lauri has successfully litigated special circumstance cases avoiding the death penalty for her clients. The trial skills she developed at the Public Defender’s Office make Lauri a valuable member of the AlderLaw trial team.
In 2005, Lauri held the position Training Coordinator for new lawyers in the public defender’s office, and in 2013 she supervised a team of lawyers in a branch court. Lauri has lectured on a range of topics, including preparing cases for trial, closing arguments that empower jurors, and cross examination techniques for civilian and police officer witnesses.
Lauri learned early on in her career that a jury trial is often the only way to equalize an imbalanced and unjust playing field. Justice cannot solely be afforded to those in power or with money. That same philosophy governs her practice at AlderLaw where she continues to vigorously fight for the rights of individuals who have been seriously injured by the negligent acts of others.
Lauri earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology from the University of Colorado in 1991. She became a member of the Golden Key Honor Society 1991. She then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1994, and was recognized for her outstanding commitment to criminal justice. She was admitted to the California State Bar and U.S. District Court in 1994. Lauri has volunteered for the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition and Teen Court at Venice High. She is a member of the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles.