Lauren D. Berkich
Lauren only practices family law because she has a passion for representing real people with real problems. Practicing family law typically entails more than just representing a client. A family law attorney must be prepared to handle the nebulous, emotional issues that are often accentuated during family law disputes. Thus, the family law attorney must be able to provide their client with the resources and emotional support so that the family can move forward, even if the marriage cannot. Lauren provides her clients with a compassionate, yet honest representation.
Lauren frequently appears in court on behalf of her clients. She is prepared, efficient, and articulate. Lauren also has a passion for helping clients outside of the courtroom. She handles divorce mediations – either acting as the neutral mediator for a couple seeking a divorce or representing one party in mediation. Lauren also practices collaborative divorce, which is a process whereby a team of professionals, including attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals work together to amicably and efficiently separate a marriage.
Lauren graduated from Bucknell University in 2006 and then obtained her law degree of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2011. Lauren’s interest in family law began right after she graduated law school, while she was clerking for Judge James T. Russell in Carson City, who presided over many family law cases. After her clerkship, Lauren went to work for the law firm Allison, MacKenzie, Pavlakis, Wright & Fagan, in Carson City, practicing family law. Later, Lauren practiced family law at the law firm Woodburn and Wedge in Reno. During her tenure there, Lauren was named in the annual list, “Legal Elite 2015: Nevada’s Top Attorneys.” Lauren was again named to the Legal Elite in 2017 and 2018 as one of Nevada’s Top Attorneys and also Best Up & Coming Attorneys.
Lauren is married, has two children and two dogs. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family outdoors in Northern Nevada.
Lauren is a board member of the Executive Council, Family Law Section, State Bar of Nevada, where she and her peers will focus on the implementation of programs, policies, standardizations and guidelines in the field of Family Law. Additionally, Lauren is the editor of the Nevada Family Law Review-Journal, which is a quarterly publication on family law circulated to attorneys all over the State of Nevada.
Lauren was President of Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association in 2016. She served as a board member of NNWLA from 2013 to 2016 and continues to remain involved in the group. NNWLA is an organization committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession. In 2018, Lauren co-founded a women-only networking group called Project Rosie. Project Rosie meets once per month. Members of Project Rosie take turns hosting events on various issues important to women.
Lauren is a member of the Board of Directors of Safe Embrace domestic violence shelter, based in Sparks, Nevada. Safe Embrace not only provides shelter to domestic violence victims it also has an animal shelter to house victims’ beloved pets. Additionally, once per month Lauren hosts a free legal clinic opening the offices of Berkich Lucey Law Group to inhabitants of the Safe Embrace shelter and victims of domestic violence from the community at large. Every quarter Lauren also conducts a legal clinic at Step2, which is a treatment program in Reno for women struggling to overcome substance abuse disorders.
Lauren is the Secretary of Nevada Collaborative Divorce Professions (NCDP), a group dedicated to educating the public about collaborative divorce. Lauren’s involvement on NCDP compliments her practice of collaborative divorce and mediation.
In addition to the many above commitments and accolades, Lauren was nominated for Reno’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2016, a program put on by Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network with partner, RGJ Media. “Each year a group of 20 talented, accomplished, very involved young leaders are chosen from nominations received.”