Lauren Schoenbaum

Managing Partner

Business Law & Estate Planning

(512) 275-6277


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

MAMAs Austin: Permanent Board Member, President 2013-2015

Texas Bar Foundation, 2015-present, Nominations Committee 2018

People Fund Austin: Pro Bono Legal Volunteer, 2012-present

Austin Diaper Bank: Board Member 2014-2016

ABA Solo/Small Firm Section: Board Member 2014-16

Austin Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (TCWLA)

Honors and Recognition

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Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2015

 Austin Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016

Champion of Change, Austin Diaper Bank, 2016

TCWLA Advancement of Women’s Interests Award, 2016

Austin Under 40 Finalist, Legal Category, 2018

People Fund Volunteer of the Year 2018

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2009

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