Reared in Alvin, Texas, Lauren’s Texas roots grow deep. Lauren is a third-generation graduate of its high school. Alvin is a rural agriculture and oil town, equidistant from Houston and Galveston—culture and commerce in one direction, the beach in the other.
A lifelong musician, Lauren started in the children’s choir and eventually formed a worship band for her youth group when she was only in high school (back in the early 90s). Lauren even began working in recording studios when she was 16 years old, having engineered sessions with Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughn’s band) and Norah Jones.
Lauren studied music, history, and philosophy at the University of North Texas. She still is passionate about music, regularly playing music with her brother Kelly Upshaw in their band, The Hope Trust.
Lauren received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law) in 2008. She has had a broad civil practice since she was licensed in 2009 and has focused on contract, real estate, and construction litigation. Having served for several years as general counsel for a heavy highway construction firm, she not only represents clients in court—she can also help keep them out of court.
In her time as a business and general counsel, Lauren has helped small companies that are growing into larger companies navigate the growing pains of success—whether it be developing policies and procedures, corporate governance, or contract negotiation and writing. When it comes to transactions, Lauren believes that lawyers are there to help make deals happen—not blow them up.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Contracts and Business Support
Real Estate and Construction
Employment and Company Policy
Juris Doctor, Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law), Fort Worth, Texas, 2008
Bachelor of Arts (music/philosophy/history), the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 2002.