Lauren DeBruicker practices in the areas of commercial and insurance coverage litigation, with an emphasis on matters involving intellectual property. She has litigated multimillion-dollar cases concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing disputes, trade secrets and covenants not to compete, in areas ranging from drug delivery systems and pharmaceutical products to Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony systems, computer software and photography. In a recent matter, Ms. DeBruicker represented a foreign inventor in a multinational patent, license and employment dispute, securing in settlement a lucrative license from a Fortune 50 company for her client's novel drug delivery technology. She has represented insurance carriers in coverage disputes and other litigation relating to the business of insurance and has secured insurance policy proceeds on behalf of the firm's individual and corporate clients.
Ms. DeBruicker also has represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment disputes, and defended organizations from liability arising from alleged criminal acts of their employees. Actively involved in the nonprofit sector, Ms. DeBruicker has represented charitable organizations in matters relating to their tax-exempt status and advises foundations on governance and other matters.
Ms. DeBruicker has tried cases to verdict in courts across the country, and obtained results consistently affirmed on appeal. Through targeted discovery and strategic motion practice, Ms. DeBruicker has been particularly effective in helping clients resolve their business disputes efficiently, successfully, and, when desired, out of court. She has been commended by clients for results that are particularly suited to a client's business needs, satisfying executives and protecting shareholder value.
In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. DeBruicker has been a presenter at trade association meetings on legal issues surrounding commercial contracts, taught courses on the fundamentals of insurance coverage analysis and bad faith to legal and insurance professionals on behalf of the Insurance Society of Pennsylvania, and taught trial skills to area high school students. A wheelchair user since 1991, Ms. DeBruicker is a frequent speaker on issues of disability in the workplace, has advised many in the community on issues of access and home health care, and has negotiated accommodations in housing and employment for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other law. She holds certificates in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising from The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's School of Business.
In 2006, Ms. DeBruicker was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star in business litigation by Philadelphia Magazine. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers 40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less, in Pennsylvania. She has also been a member of the American Inn of Court at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Ms. DeBruicker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Inglis Foundation, HelpHOPELive, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund, the national fundraising arm for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She has served terms on the National Board of Advisors of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the Presidents' Council of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the National Leadership Council of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Ms. DeBruicker is a 1998 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a 1994 graduate of Stanford University.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2007-present
- Associate, 1998-2006
- Member, Recruitment and Retention Committee, 2001-2011
- Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2007-present
•Court TV, New York, NY
- Intern and Assistant Producers, Trial Storyand Dateline/Court TV specials, 1996
Honors & Awards
•Selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in Business Litigation by Philadelphia Magazine (2006)
•Recipient of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Champion in the Community Award (2013)
Civic and Charitable Activities
•The Inglis Foundation
•The Baldwin School
•The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
•The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
•Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
•Featured in New Board Chair at Inglis is Quite Able, Thank You, , Philadelphia Inquirer, January 29, 2014
•Interviewed, Lauren DeBruicker: Advocate on Wheels , Diversity & The Bar, March/April 2013
•Quoted, Time to Reject Perception that Disabilities Are Barriers to Productive Legal Careers , ABA Journal, July 1, 2012
•Co-author, How Plaintiffs are Playing Their 'Unfortunate Hand': The Impact of PLIVA v. Mensing on Personal Injury Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers , GenericsWeb, January 2012
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Expert Discovery After Rule 26 Amendments: Lessons from Recent Cases, Continuing Legal Education Webinar, November 26, 2013
•Featured in From Her Wheelchair, Rising To Lead , CBSPhilly Positively Philadelphia Podcast, November 10, 2013
•Speaker, Personal Strategies for Success, ABA National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2012
•Moderator, Housing Models, The Future of the Disability Housing Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2011
•Instructor, Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success, National Business Institute, November 2008
•Panelist, Keys to Success for Diverse Attorneys: intellect, communication skills, networking within and outside the Firm, marketing new clients and good luck, Duane Morris LLP Diversity Retreat, April 5, 2008
•Instructor, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003-2006
•Coach and instructor, Baldwin School Mock Trial Team, 2006-2008
•Speaker, Distributors' Customer Contracts, Fluid Power Distributors Association Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 16, 2000
•Speaker, Career Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1999