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Lauren Dwyer serves as Counsel to Hinckley Allen’s Litigation group. She focuses on complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. She investigates, negotiates, litigates, and resolves matters involving corporate and employee misconduct, commercial fraud, breach of contract, unfair business practices, employment related claims, and complex partnership and family disputes. She has represented corporations, executives, managers, employees, and licensed professionals in civil and criminal matters in both state and federal court, as well as internal corporate investigations, in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical device, construction, and accounting. She has particular experience in various forms of civil and criminal fraud, and issues facing licensed professionals charged with misconduct, including research misconduct proceedings.

Experience

  • In multi-day bench trial, successfully defended corporate officers and limited partnership in dismissing claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraudulent conveyance, among related claims, and limiting damages on breach of contract claim
  • Won declaratory judgment after four-week bench trial in contract case seeking declaration that defendant had no right to an ownership interest in multi-million dollar business
  • Won employment discrimination case brought against a public authority without a trial
  • Successfully represented client in complex family dispute at arbitration hearing and related civil action
  • Successfully represented physicians in criminal and civil investigations relating to various issues, including billing, medical treatment of patient, prescribing practices, and recordkeeping
  • Represent executives, managers, and employees in criminal and civil investigations by state and federal authorities as well as internal investigations
  • Negotiated favorable, non-public resolutions for licensed professionals subject to licensing board complaints
  • Successfully resolved civil disputes between licensed professionals stemming from departure of partner and disputes with clients
  • Successfully defended individual in U.S. Army debarment proceeding involving allegations of import/export violations and contract fraud
  • Favorably resolved state criminal proceeding involving allegations of larceny and money laundering with administrative probation
  • Member of trial team that successfully defended Big Four accounting firm at a four-week jury trial against allegations of fraud and misrepresentation
  • Represented individuals in criminal and civil appeals to the Supreme Judicial Court and First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Counsel
  • Barrett & Singal
    • Partner and General Counsel
  • Foley Hoag, LLP
    • Associate
  • Honorable Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court
    • Law Clerk

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts, Rising Star (2009, 2017)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2007)
    • For pro bono legal services provided to persons detained in New Bedford immigration raid

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee, Co-Chair
  • Board of Bar Overseers panel member, pro bono representation of attorneys before the Board
  • Pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence in civil proceedings to obtain restraining orders and criminal proceedings involving abusers
  • Pro bono representation of domestic violence victim at trial of civil claims against abuser involving theft and identity fraud

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Ethics Committee
  • Women's Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Languages

  • Spanish (Conversational)

Speaking Engagements

  • Instructor, Practicing with Professionalism, Boston Bar Association
  • Panelist, Boston College Law School Ethics Orientation, 2018 and 2019

News & Insight

Publication

Owning Your Own Style: A Conversation with Lauren Dwyer

March 12, 2021

Lauren Dwyer serves as Counsel to Hinckley Allen’s Litigation group, where she focuses on complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. She represents businesses, executives, employees, and licensed professionals in civil and criminal ma…

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Why Grantees Must be Prepared for Heightened Scrutiny of Conflicts of Interest in Foreign Support for US Research

May 18, 2020

United States law enforcement agencies are continuing to pursue their goal of cracking down on China’s efforts to capitalize on research funded by the United States and otherwise infiltrate American research institutions. On May 8, another researcher was…

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Increasing Airport Scrutiny for Foreign Researchers

January 6, 2020

United States law enforcement agencies are continuing to pursue their goal of cracking down on China’s efforts to capitalize on research funded by the United States. On December 30, 2019, a Chinese medical student, Zaosong Zheng, was held without bail af…

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Indiana Professor Pleads Guilty After Scheming Millions from the National Science Foundation

October 30, 2019

Indiana engineering professor Dr. Qingyou Han plead guilty to charges of mail and wire fraud this month after a Grand Jury indicted him based on allegations that he and his wife, Lu Shao, engaged in a long-term scheme to defraud the government by applying …

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considers Breach of Contract Award For Researcher

September 13, 2019

Institutions and researchers alike will be watching the outcome of a case pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressing whether a longtime cancer researcher can recover the full cost of rebuilding and operating her research lab (estima…

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considers Breach of Contract Award For Researcher

September 13, 2019

Institutions and researchers alike will be watching the outcome of a case pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressing whether a longtime cancer researcher can recover the full cost of rebuilding and operating her research lab (estima…

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Firm News

Hinckley Allen Counsel Named Co-Chair of BBA Ethics Committee

September 15, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Counsel Lauren E. Dwyer has been selected as a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Ethics Committee.The BBA Ethics Committee issues written opinions from time to time in response to members' questions and q…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Expands Litigation Group with Eight Lateral Hires from Barrett & Singal

January 5, 2021

Hinckley Allen today announced that eight trial lawyers from Barrett & Singal have joined the Firm, including Co-Chairs of Barrett & Singal’s Litigation group, Co-Chairs of its Research Misconduct group, and its General Counsel. All eight new hir…