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Lauren Symcox Voth

Of Counsel

Biography

Lauren Symcox Voth is a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She represents individuals and both privately-held and public companies in litigation, administrative matters, mediations and negotiations. Specifically, Lauren has experience representing large and small corporations in employment-related matters.

Lauren has successfully represented clients in proceedings before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. Lauren regularly represents clients in employment related litigation, administrative matters, negotiations and mediation such as wrongful termination, discrimination claims, employment contracts and wage and hour claims. Lauren also partners with human resources professionals and employers when navigating issues that employers face daily including but not limited to preparing and managing employee handbooks and policies, preparing and managing employment contracts, hiring and terminating employees, and advising clients on and preparing non-solicitation contracts.

Prior to law school, Lauren gained experience in the banking industry by assisting a local bank in its research and development for expansion outside the State of Oklahoma. Lauren also served as an office manager prior to beginning law school.

While in law school, Lauren was Articles Editor for the American Indian Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Employment Law. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in history at Southern Methodist University.

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Lauren lives in Oklahoma City. In her free time, she serves as a volunteer for Assistance League Oklahoma City and her church. Lauren is part of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL, Class IV. She also enjoys outdoor sports, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Trent, her daughters, Eliana, McKinnley and Everlee, her two dogs, Abby and Honey, and two wild cats Tracker and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University (B.A., 2004)
  • University of Oklahoma (J.D., 2007)

Admissions

  • 2007, Oklahoma
  • 2008, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • 2019, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Professional Organizations

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Litigation’s Employment and Labor Relations Law Committees)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Leadership Oklahoma City (Class 39)
  • Assistance League Oklahoma City (Treasurer, 2022; Past Vice-President of Philanthropy, 2018-2021)

Experience

  • Represented small, medium and large businesses based in Oklahoma, but with a multi-state presence
  • Successfully dismissed discrimination claims against clients before the Equal employment Opportunity Commission
  • Successfully dismissed claims against clients before the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • Successfully dismissed claims against clients before the Oklahoma Department of Labor
  • Represented client resulting in client-desired outcomes before the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service
  • Successfully represented client in litigation before Oklahoma and Federal Courts regarding claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour claims and breach of contract
  • Successfully negotiated contracts for employment, settlement, or severance
  • Presents advice for clients on day-to-day issues that arise in the context of employment to ensure compliance with current state and federal employment laws
  • Conduct investigations into employee complaints, including complaints related to policy violations, EEOC, OSHA, and the NRLB.
  • Conduct audits and investigations related to compliance including Form I-9’s, wage and hour, overtime.
  • Draft employment agreements, arbitration agreement, employee handbooks and policies, non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Advise and implement reductions-in-force for employers.
  • Representation of clients in litigation including businesses and employers in wrongful termination cases, discrimination claims, breach of contract claims, non-solicitation claims, non-compete claims, wage and hour claims and other general litigation matters
  • Representation of clients before government agencies and in the administrative process (the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Labor, the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service)
  • Representation of clients in negotiations for contracts, settlement agreements, separation agreements or severance
  • Representation in daily labor and employment related issues and questions from employers
  • Representation in mediation and alternative dispute resolution matters
  • Representation in business transactions such as contract negotiations, employee handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Representation in government regulation matters such as state and federal employment laws, banking laws and related regulations

Recognition

  • American Jurisprudence in Employment Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Articles Editor for the American Indian Law

Community

  • Leadership Oklahoma City (Class 39, 2021-2022; LOYAL, Class IV, 2008-2009)
  • Literary Voices (Committee Member, 2010-2017)
  • United Way of Central Oklahoma (Events Committee, 2007-2013)
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Psi House Corporation (Board Member and Treasurer, 2011-2017)
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Psi Centennial Committee (Treasurer, 2014-2016)
  • Assistance League Oklahoma City (VP Philanthropy, 2019-2020, Treasurer, 2021-2023)

Publications

Lauren Symcox Voth is a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She represents individuals and both privately-held and public companies in litigation, administrative matters, mediations and negotiations. Specifically, Lauren has experience representing large and small corporations in employment-related matters.

Lauren has successfully represented clients in proceedings before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. Lauren regularly represents clients in employment related litigation, administrative matters, negotiations and mediation such as wrongful termination, discrimination claims, employment contracts and wage and hour claims. Lauren also partners with human resources professionals and employers when navigating issues that employers face daily including but not limited to preparing and managing employee handbooks and policies, preparing and managing employment contracts, hiring and terminating employees, and advising clients on and preparing non-solicitation contracts.

Prior to law school, Lauren gained experience in the banking industry by assisting a local bank in its research and development for expansion outside the State of Oklahoma. Lauren also served as an office manager prior to beginning law school.

While in law school, Lauren was Articles Editor for the American Indian Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Employment Law. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in history at Southern Methodist University.

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Lauren lives in Oklahoma City. In her free time, she serves as a volunteer for Assistance League Oklahoma City and her church. Lauren is part of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL, Class IV. She also enjoys outdoor sports, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Trent, her daughters, Eliana, McKinnley and Everlee, her two dogs, Abby and Honey, and two wild cats Tracker and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

  • Southern Methodist University (B.A., 2004)
  • University of Oklahoma (J.D., 2007)
  • 2007, Oklahoma
  • 2008, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • 2019, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Litigation’s Employment and Labor Relations Law Committees)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Leadership Oklahoma City (Class 39)
  • Assistance League Oklahoma City (Treasurer, 2022; Past Vice-President of Philanthropy, 2018-2021)
  • Represented small, medium and large businesses based in Oklahoma, but with a multi-state presence
  • Successfully dismissed discrimination claims against clients before the Equal employment Opportunity Commission
  • Successfully dismissed claims against clients before the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • Successfully dismissed claims against clients before the Oklahoma Department of Labor
  • Represented client resulting in client-desired outcomes before the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service
  • Successfully represented client in litigation before Oklahoma and Federal Courts regarding claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour claims and breach of contract
  • Successfully negotiated contracts for employment, settlement, or severance
  • Presents advice for clients on day-to-day issues that arise in the context of employment to ensure compliance with current state and federal employment laws
  • Conduct investigations into employee complaints, including complaints related to policy violations, EEOC, OSHA, and the NRLB.
  • Conduct audits and investigations related to compliance including Form I-9’s, wage and hour, overtime.
  • Draft employment agreements, arbitration agreement, employee handbooks and policies, non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Advise and implement reductions-in-force for employers.
  • Representation of clients in litigation including businesses and employers in wrongful termination cases, discrimination claims, breach of contract claims, non-solicitation claims, non-compete claims, wage and hour claims and other general litigation matters
  • Representation of clients before government agencies and in the administrative process (the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Labor, the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service)
  • Representation of clients in negotiations for contracts, settlement agreements, separation agreements or severance
  • Representation in daily labor and employment related issues and questions from employers
  • Representation in mediation and alternative dispute resolution matters
  • Representation in business transactions such as contract negotiations, employee handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Representation in government regulation matters such as state and federal employment laws, banking laws and related regulations
  • American Jurisprudence in Employment Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Articles Editor for the American Indian Law
  • Leadership Oklahoma City (Class 39, 2021-2022; LOYAL, Class IV, 2008-2009)
  • Literary Voices (Committee Member, 2010-2017)
  • United Way of Central Oklahoma (Events Committee, 2007-2013)
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Psi House Corporation (Board Member and Treasurer, 2011-2017)
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Psi Centennial Committee (Treasurer, 2014-2016)
  • Assistance League Oklahoma City (VP Philanthropy, 2019-2020, Treasurer, 2021-2023)

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