Employment Lawyer Lauren D'Cruz

Lauren D’Cruz is an employment litigator specializing in workplace discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment cases. Lauren’s tenacity and dedication make her a perfect fit to represent employees who have been wronged. She is motivated by her ongoing commitment to advocating for her clients. Her passion landed her on the Minnesota Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice, from 2018-2023.

Lauren has prevailed on behalf of her clients in trials with both juries and judges. Notably, in 2019, she represented her client, a medical device account executive, in a jury trial in Colorado federal court. The jury found her client’s former employer liable for fraudulent inducement and awarded her client $1.38 million in damages. Lauren has also resolved numerous cases for her clients for six-figure settlements.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys volunteering, traveling, and staying active. She volunteers as a mentor with TreeHouse Hope, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending hopelessness among teens. She serves as the Mentor Chair for the Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court. In her role, she leads a mentoring program that pairs law students and new attorneys with experienced attorneys and judges. She also serves as the Director of Legal Affairs for the House Corporation Board of Alpha Phi Sorority at the University of Minnesota.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minor in Spanish, University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008

Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Honors

  • Selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers in 2018 – 2023
  • Listed as one of “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota” in the April 2019 – 2023 issues of Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine

Representative Cases

  • Van Dellen v. Aon Service Corporation, 2020 WL 2468759 (D. Minn. May 12, 2020) (denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act because a genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether defendant’s reason for terminating plaintiff was pretextual)