Lauren Peterson is a Joplin, Missouri native. After graduating high school, Ms. Peterson moved to Conway, Arkansas, where she attended Hendrix College. Ms. Peterson attended Hendrix College in Conway, AR, where she played volleyball for the college and majored in English. She also received a minor in Spanish. From there, Ms. Peterson moved to Columbia, Missouri to study law at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She excelled in her studies, joining the law review.
During Law School, Ms. Peterson had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Western Cape, where she studied Constitutional Rights, Dispute Resolution, and Comparative Law. Additionally, she represented women and children in domestic violence cases in the Family Violence Clinic and represented indigent clients at the Mid-Missouri Legal Services clinic.
In 2007 and 2008, Ms. Peterson traveled to New Orleans as a volunteer in order to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. During her winter and spring breaks, she volunteered at grassroots legal organizations that specialized in areas such as immigrant workers’ rights and education law.
After graduating law school in 2008 and being admitted to the Missouri Bar, Ms. Peterson served as a law clerk for the Hon. Roy L. Richter on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, in St. Louis for two years. During her time as a clerk on the Court of Appeals, Ms. Peterson worked on a variety of cases, including workers’ compensation, family law, criminal matters, administrative law, medical malpractice, and safety violations. From there, she obtained a position at the Missouri Public Defender’s Office in Moberly Missouri, where she did criminal defense on a variety of cases from 2010 to 2012.
During that time, Lauren Peterson published three scholarly articles:
Following a stint in the Consumer Protection Division at the Attorney General’s Office, where she advocated for victimized Missouri consumers, Ms. Peterson moved back to her hometown of Joplin, Missouri with her husband Will and their son, Fred and daughter Georgie.
Lauren continues advocating for victims of wrongful conduct by representing plaintiffs in automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, premises liability, medical malpractice lawsuits, personal injury lawsuits, and wrongful death lawsuits. She is licensed to practice law in Missouri.