At her all-girls Catholic high school, Lauren Christine Gonzalez, or “LC,” was voted “most likely to succeed” and “best smile.” You will rarely see her not smiling, but don’t let her smile fool you. Lauren is driven and intense.
“I was intense, even from the age of 6. I remember being in the first grade and begging my dad to take me with him to meetings with his attorney. The office was big and beautiful, right on the water in Downtown Miami. The attorney gave me some paper and crayons, but instead of coloring, I used it to take meeting notes and keep track of all my questions. Other kids would be begging for snack time, but I was nagging my dad for business updates. Decades later, I still ask for updates.”
Her father, Joe, is her greatest inspiration and Lauren attributes her entrepreneurial spirit to him. Joe is an entrepreneur and small-business owner. “He likes to be ahead of the curve,” Lauren says, “he is always thinking about where the needle will be years from now rather than where it is now.”
“For example, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he realized that the digital world was exploding and capitalized on it by starting an online business providing background checks, one of the first of its time. It was a fantastic business opportunity.”
Lauren also credits her dad for her “can-do” attitude. He comes up with an idea, she says, and he figures out how to make it happen. “Dad taught himself how to code and how to build a racecar in his driveway. And he does it all in English, a language he didn’t learn until he moved to the United States from Cuba in his teens. I’m the same way. When I encounter a roadblock, I figure out how to make things happen.”
From her mother, Lisa, Lauren learned the social graces and how to go after what she wants. “My mom was always the most polished person in the room – impeccably dressed and unwavering in her beliefs. She taught me how to keep true to who I am regardless of what setting I’m in and how to evolve from a social to business setting with ease. She also taught me the importance of family.”
Lauren is not a dabbler. In college, she majored in chemistry, finance, and international business – all at once. “I wore a laboratory coat and goggles on Tuesdays to teach my chemistry lab course, a business suit and heels to pitch fund selections to a Board of Trustees for the student managed investment fund on Thursdays, and the season’s latest trends when managing a retail store on Fridays.”
She much prefers wearing a dress to jeans, first because it often looks more polished, but also because it’s more practical. She has a knack for remembering names. “My boyfriend says I never forget a song or a person.” Making new friends is probably Lauren’s favorite thing to do. She believes you can learn something from everyone you meet – and if you don’t, maybe it’s because you’re not paying attention. She also never loses sight of the importance of networking.
“I was working at a retail store when two men came in. They were looking for jeans. I sold them jeans and landed an internship with their immunology lab at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. That’s just who I am. I enjoy connecting the dots.”
Lauren came to Cincinnati in 2015 to be an in-house attorney for Procter & Gamble and fell in love with the Midwest and its values.
“I was intentional about choosing my next move in my career,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to be part of something with strong elements of ingenuity and being at the forefront. It was readily apparent to me that Graydon has in place a very promising long-term strategic vision, one I see myself fitting into.”
Lauren is a member of the firm’s Corporate Counsel practice group, focusing her practice on business services areas including corporate governance, business planning & entity formation, private & family business, financing & capital raising, mergers, acquisitions & sales, non-profits, and succession planning. Growing up with an entrepreneurial father who founded a number of businesses, Lauren has always had a keen interest in all areas of business leading her to obtain degrees in finance and international business. Lauren is passionate about assisting businesses of all sizes achieve their goals and has experience with small businesses, such as her father’s, as well as large, global corporations, as having previously served as in-house counsel to one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world.
In addition to her corporate practice, Lauren also counsels on intellectual property matters, focusing her practice on trademark and patent law. Lauren is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and is experienced in preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO, with particular experience in chemical and mechanical areas of art.
Prior to joining Graydon, Lauren worked as Intellectual Property Counsel for The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, supporting some of the most well-known consumer products in the world, including the Dawn®, Tide®, Downy®, Swiffer®, and Mr. Clean® brands. While at P&G, Lauren was named to the Generation Now Cincinnati Network Top 10 Young Professional List.
Lauren is a 2015 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Race & Social Justice Law Review. At Miami Law, Lauren worked as a teaching assistant for first-year Contracts and Legal Writing courses as well as a Research Assistant for Professor Andres Sawicki. Lauren received two CALI Awards for the highest grade in Trademark Law and Contracts as well as three Dean’s Certificates of Achievement for the highest grade in Contracts, Legal Communications & Research II, and Professional Responsibility. Lauren received Honors in Commercial Law Secured Transactions and in Litigation Skills. In 2014, Lauren was selected as a scholar for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute in Washington, D.C. Lauren spent her 2014 summer interning with The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, and her 2013 and 2012 summers interning with large, international law firms in West Palm Beach, Florida, and in Washington, D.C.
Lauren is a 2012 graduate of Florida International University, where she majored in Finance, International Business, and Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, Lauren was highly involved in numerous school activities, the highlights of which included managing her school’s student managed investment fund, founding Florida International University’s chapter of MEDLIFE, and teaching chemistry laboratory courses as an adjunct professor.
In the community, Lauren is highly involved with the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, currently serving as the Chair of its annual Leading with Style Fundraiser. Lauren is also highly involved with the Junior League of Cincinnati, currently serving as the Chief Administrator of the Endowment and a member of the Fall Fundraiser Event Planning Committee and Centennial Campaign General Gifts Committee. Lauren is also active with the Hispanic National Bar Association and works to pair law students with summer internships at partnering corporations.
Lauren was born and raised in Miami, Florida, in a bilingual Cuban-American household, speaking both English and Spanish.