Lauren Barnhart was always fascinated with “the rules.” According to Lauren, rules create predictability and clarity, and apply to everyone equally. It was this fascination with rules that led Lauren to become an attorney. “I have always seen myself as a vehicle for inciting change and a champion for the underdog,” says Lauren. “My passion for law is matched only with my passion and love for people. I’ve been blessed to know that my calling was to be a lawyer from a very early age, but it wasn’t until I started practicing family law that I realized the area of practice I needed to go into in order to serve both my driving passions in life.”
Practicing law allows Lauren to help families navigate through what is arguably the most difficult time of their lives. One of her strengths is her ability to connect with people. From day one, Lauren works to develop a relationship with her clients and demonstrate to them that their case genuinely matters. “When my clients believe that I am invested in them,” says Lauren, “we work more efficiently and effectively together in achieving results.”
Lauren was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and was a member in the Tacoma Youth Symphony where she performed at Carnegie Hall. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, playing board games, wine tasting, and playing several musical instruments, including guitar, bassoon, and clarinet.
Lauren’s favorite thing about Portland is all of the available outdoor activities. “You can access the desert, the mountains, the coast or the river all with only an hour or two drive,” explains Lauren. She is particularly fond of the city of Portland, which features an up-and-coming food scene with restaurants that cater to all cuisines, eco-conscious transportation, self-sufficient neighborhoods, and a lively alternative music scene.
If she were to live in a different era, Lauren says she would only live in another time that was as progressive in women’s rights. “I would be a terrible housewife,” she says. “I don’t enjoy cooking, (and) I can’t keep a plant alive for more than one month.”
Lauren takes inspiration from Leslie Knope from the TV show “Parks and Recreation.” One of her favorite quotes by Leslie is: “Who cares if they have more money, I have the most valuable currency in America: a blind, stubborn, belief that what I am doing is right.”