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.” - Chambers Crisis & Risk Management, 2022

Lauren Casazza is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York office. She is an established litigator, representing private equity and other investment firms, corporations and individuals in a wide variety 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, and is a key leader of Kirkland’s #MeToo practice group.

Lauren’s diverse practice includes advising boards of directors and officers of the world’s leading corporations in mitigating and managing legal and reputational crises across a broad spectrum of industries. Lauren established Kirkland’s Crisis Response practice and regularly counsels corporations 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. Lauren is recognized as a leading lawyer for Crisis Management by Chambers Crisis & Risk Management.

Lauren serves as Co-Chair of Kirkland’s Firmwide Recruiting Committee and Co-Chair of its Firmwide Associate Review Committee. She also helps lead Kirkland’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and drives various Firmwide diversity programs.


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