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Lauren F. Dayton

Lauren Daytons practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar matters, and appellate litigation.  She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts.  Prior to joining MoloLamken LLP, Ms. Dayton clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and for the Honorable Brian M. Cogan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

She also worked as a summer associate at Sidley Austin LLP and as a summer law clerk at the United States Department of Justice in the Criminal Division, Fraud Section.  Before law school, Ms. Dayton interned for the Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Representative Matters

  • Represents investment manager in suit against Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela over bond default in SDNY
  • Represents investment manager in two related suits against PDVSA and a PDVSA affiliate over unpaid debt instruments in SDNY
  • Represents plaintiff and the proposed class in a putative consumer class action against major tech company in N.D. Cal.
  • Represents Turkish entity in action to enforce ICSID arbitral award in SDNY
  • Represents global financial institution in RMBS suit appeal in New York Court of Appeals
  • Represents former employees of defense contractor in civil suit by the government against the defense contractor
  • Represents interested-party regulator and its employees in a federal criminal trial in SDNY against some of the regulator’s former employees and other individuals
  • Represents plaintiff in §1983 excessive-force case against Rikers corrections officers in SDNY (pro bono)
  • Represented federal regulator in Ninth Circuit appeals of bankruptcy court decision and regulator’s declaratory orders involving division of authority between bankruptcy courts and regulator
  • Represented municipality seeking certiorari on administrative law question before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Represented biopharmaceutical company in pair of Federal Circuit appeals of denials of preliminary injunctions
  • Represented international asset manager and direct lender, as well as an indenture trustee, in trial over fraudulent-conveyance and tort claims and breaches of intercreditor agreement in U.S Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, as well as parallel litigation in New York Supreme Court
  • Represented business development corporation in SDNY suit to enjoin activist shareholder from illegally soliciting proxies in opposition to proposed merger
  • Represented software and technology company in a patent appeal before the Federal Circuit
  • Represented criminal defendant charged with possession of narcotics and possession of ammunition in SDNY
  • Represented victim as a potential witness in attempted murder case in SDNY


News & Appearances


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Colloton, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Brian M. Cogan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Honors & Awards

New York Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude

Order of the Coif

Managing Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award for outstanding work in commercial and corporate law

Wake Forest University, B.A., summa cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 9th and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court, Member

New York American Inn of Court, Member

American Bar Council Litigation Section, Member

Supreme Court Historical Society, Member

LCLD Success in Law School, Mentor

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