Business Law & Estate Planning
Lauren is passionate about supporting local businesses by helping to minimize their exposure to legal disputes and uncertainty. She is a frequent speaker on the subject, and draws on her litigation background to support and develop cost effective strategies for new and growing businesses. Her affinity for self-starters and entrepreneurs is based in her own entrepreneurial experience. She co-owned her first business while still in college. Lauren prioritizes client communication and works efficiently with clients to develop the best strategy for each individual client.
Prior to forming Ruffner Schoenbaum, PLLC, Lauren owned a solo practice, The Schoenbaum Firm, PLLC for over three years. She has also worked in firms focusing on commercial litigation, administrative law, and appellate law. A native Kansan, Lauren earned her BSBA in Marketing and International Business from Washington University in Saint Louis and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2009, with honors.
In addition to her legal practice, Lauren is on the Metro board of the YMCA, the board of the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Austin, a 501(c)(3) organization for working mom attorneys with over 700 members, is on the Campus Advisory Counsel for Barton Hills Elementary School and is an active supporter of the Texas Bar Foundation, Austin Bar Association, People Fund, and the Austin Diaper Bank.
YMCA Austin Metro Board Member 2019-present
Texas Bar Foundation, 2015-present, Nominations Committee 2018
People Fund Austin: Pro Bono Legal Volunteer, 2012-present
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (TCWLA)
Honors and Recognition
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2011
Recent Speaking Topics
Legal Risks for Small and Growing Businesses
Succession Planning and Business Transitions
Small Business Growth and Legal Risks (CPA and banker panel)
Legal Issues for Hiring Contract Workers
The Entrepreneur’s Guide: Law, Accounting and HR (CPA and HR panel)
Risks of Internet-Based Legal Services
Estate Planning is for Everyone (solo or panel with CFP)
Introduction to Trademark Registration
If you are interested in having Lauren present to your group, please contact Firm@RSLawTX.com