Lauren M. Wacker
Lauren Wacker concentrates her practice on business, real estate, fiduciary and tort litigation. Lauren has significant experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including pre-trial investigation, initial pleading and motion practice, discovery, trial and appeal. She has represented clients in both state and federal courts, including Missouri Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Lauren represents a wide variety of clients, including real estate developers, lenders, loan servicers, large-scale lessors, small businesses, manufacturers, student loan guarantors and fiduciaries. Among her many successes is her defense of a mortgage lender against a class action petition seeking to compel a change in Missouri law. The plaintiffs advocated that a mortgage lender should be liable for the unauthorized practice of law if it procured form legal documents from a third party without the assistance and review of a Missouri-licensed attorney. After obtaining summary judgment in the lender’s favor, Lauren drafted the winning respondent brief before the Supreme Court of Missouri, resulting in a published opinion (Binkley v. American Equity Mortgage, Inc., 447 S.W.3d 194 (Mo. 2014)).
Lauren also has significant experience in eminent domain law. She represents condemning authorities such as municipalities and railroads, as well as landowners sued in condemnation. Her condemnation experience includes litigation across Missouri, including St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Buchanan County and Greene County.
Lauren’s jury trial experience includes the defense of a real estate redeveloper in a two-week jury trial involving a complex redevelopment transaction, which resulted in a favorable defense verdict in excess of $8 million. Lauren also helped obtain a $4.5 million verdict on behalf of a national transportation company in a three-day jury condemnation trial in St. Louis City.
In addition to business litigation, Lauren is a volunteer lawyer for the Midwest Innocence Project. Along with her colleagues at Lathrop Gage, Lauren helped prepare a petition for writ of habeas corpus, leading to the release of a woman who spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of capital murder when she was just 16.
A lifelong resident of the City of St. Louis and daughter of a former city police officer, Lauren has deep community roots and actively supports a number of local and regional nonprofits.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois
- St. Louis University School of Law, Order of the Woolsack
- St. Louis University School of Law Academic Achievement Awards in State and Local Government, Land Use Controls and Intellectual Property
- Editor, St. Louis Public Law Review
- MS Corporate Achievers Program, Corporate Achiever Honoree
- Member, Missouri Bar Association
- Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Member, American Bar Association
- Junior Board Member, Loyola Academy of St. Louis
- Volunteer and former Junior Board Member, Boys Hope, Girls Hope St. Louis; Active Supporter
- Co-author, A Primer on the Missouri Business Judgment Rule - A Powerful Protection for Business Decisions, St. Louis ACC In-House, October 4, 2016