Lauren Casazza is a partner in Kirkland’s Litigation and Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations practice groups and has been at Kirkland for more than 20 years. Lauren is an established litigator, representing clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters at both the trial and appellate court levels, and in arbitration. She also represents corporations in highly sensitive and complex investigations, including those related to government enforcement matters, workplace compliance and unlawful harassment issues.

Lauren established Kirkland’s Crisis Response Practice Group and regularly advises boards of directors and officers in mitigating and managing legal and reputational crises across a broad spectrum of industries. Lauren has extensive experience in counseling clients on internal and external communications in high-profile litigation, government investigations and enterprise-level risk matters. In this unique role, Lauren has been a critical advisor on many of the most-publicized legal crises in recent years, including serving as lead legal communications advisor to BP regarding the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill and to 3M for its Combat Arms earplugs litigation.

Lauren has been recognized for her work in Crisis & Risk Management in the 2022–2023 editions of Chambers Crisis and Risk Management Guide where clients note, “Lauren is incredibly thorough and fantastic at seeing around all the corners,” and that she “is like a quarterback. She has a great balance of being able to figure out who all the best players are for the case at hand.”

Lauren serves as Co-Chair of Kirkland’s Firmwide Associate Review Committee, is a key leader for Kirkland’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and helps drive various Firmwide diversity programs.



Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Environment: Litigation, 2024

Recognized by Chambers Crisis & Risk Management for Crisis Management, 2022–2023

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Board Member, Connecticut Children’s Foundation


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2002New York
  • 2002Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2001

    Dean's List

    Primary Editor, Georgetown University Law Journal

  • Duke UniversityB.A., Public Policysumma cum laude1998

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Graduation with Highest Distinction in Public Policy Studies