Lauren M. Banton

Lauren M. Banton is an associate in Fineman, Krekstein & Harris’ litigation group, representing clients in matters involving commercial litigation and business disputes, consumer financial services, insurance defense, insurance coverage and bad faith, and premises liability.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Banton served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven C. Tolliver in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. In that role, Ms. Banton assisted and advised the judge on civil motion practice, and courtroom proceedings, and gained extensive experience with legal research and writing.

In 2013, Ms. Banton graduated from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. During the academic year in law school, Ms. Banton worked as an intern in the Bureau of Consumer Protection division of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. She later served as a certified legal intern in the litigation department of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and subsequently worked for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Ms. Banton served as a judicial intern to the Honorable C. Darnell Jones in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and as an intern in the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of General Counsel, respectively. Ms. Banton’s law school accomplishments included Dean’s List, and Outstanding Oral Argument in Legal Research & Writing.

Representative Matters

  • Lauren has prevailed on multiple motions for summary judgment in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which led to the dismissal of her clients from actions involving premises liability, claims for breach of an insurance contract and bad faith, and claims for negligence and breach of contract.
  • Obtained favorable awards at arbitration on behalf of clients.
  • Represented property owners and tenants in disputes arising out of commercial leases, includes obtaining a judgment against a commercial tenant in excess of $300,000.00.
  • Drafted multiple successful Petitions to Strike and/or Open Confessed Judgments, including matters where the judgments were confessed for amounts in excess of $75,000.00

Education

  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • BA, Temple University

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2013
  • New Jersey, 2013
  • U.S. Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Memberships

  • Barristers Association of Philadelphia;
  • National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter
    • Board Member- secretary
  • Philadelphia Bar Association;
  • Pennsylvania Association of Defense Counsel

Pro Bono Activities

  • Serves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Volunteer Attorney Panel for Pro Se Plaintiffs in Employment Cases
    • Facilitated a resolution of claims of discrimination lodged against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Serves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Volunteer Attorney Panel for Pro Se Prisoner Civil Rights Cases
    • Represented a prisoner in a case involving allegations of 8th Amendment violations