Olson, Bzdok & Howard Welcomes Attorney Lauren A. Teichner


Olson, Bzdok & Howard is please to announce the addition of Attorney Lauren A. Teichner to our team! Lauren is a litigation attorney with OBH, representing clients in matters related to environmental law, Indian law, land use, real estate, and municipal law.

Lauren has over a decade of experience defending thousands of indigent clients as a client-centered, holistic public defender in New York City, specializing in both criminal and family law.  In that role, she was in court every day, relying on her multi-faceted litigation skills – including oral advocacy, legal research and writing, fact and case theory development, witness examination techniques, negotiation, and storytelling – to clear her clients' names, avoid jail time, and keep families together.  Lauren also instructed and supervised students in the Cardozo Law School Mainzer Family Defense Clinic for two years, participated as a fellow in the Harvard Law School Fair Punishment Project to aid in criminal justice reform, and co-authored a law review article on family defense in the age of the Black Lives Matter movement.  She started her legal career as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Lauren graduated magna cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law.  While in law school, she received the Dean’s Award for Professional Responsibility, the Gillett-Mussey Fellowship for Academic Excellence and Service, and participated in the American University Law Review and the Criminal Defense Clinic.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Lauren obtained her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Religion and Gender Studies, and her Master's degree in Gender and Social Policy from The London School of Economics.

Lauren has a long-standing passion for environmental justice, which began while spending time in the woods in Indiana and Michigan as a kid.  Her work as a public defender in New York City gave her a powerful view of the lack of access to nature and exposure to pollution faced by many of her low-income clients.  This experience shaped Lauren’s desire to practice environmental law upon moving to northern Michigan.  Lauren is thrilled to devote this next phase of her career to fighting for the public interest on a broader scale, working to protect local communities and the natural world from environmental harms.

Outside of the office, Lauren loves to watch films, read fiction, cook, and is an aspiring gardener.

Lauren is currently admitted to practice law in New York; pending admission in the State of Michigan.




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