Lauren E. Nuffort

Lauren E. Nuffort

Areas of Practice: Construction Litigation, Catastrophic Injury, Wrongful Death, Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability, Property Subrogation and Catastrophic/Large Loss Investigation, Automobile Liability, Premises Liability, Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Claims, Transportation Litigation 

Office Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Direct612.336.9308 / Emaillnuffort@lommen.com 

Lauren E. Nuffort / Biography

Lauren Nuffort is a civil litigator practicing in the areas of insurance law, insurance coverage disputes, personal injuries and wrongful death, transportation law, professional liability, and construction law. 

She represents insurance companies and their insureds in subrogation claims against third parties for property losses. She has obtained significant recoveries for her clients in losses involving fires, water intrusion, and structural failures. She is also retained to investigate and pursue the subrogation interests of self-insured motor carriers and companies providing truck insurance products and services. 

A large portion of her practice includes defending businesses and individuals in liability claims and representing professionals in malpractice actions. She has experience handling a wide range of general liability defense matters, including construction defect, professional negligence and legal malpractice, passenger vehicle and commercial transportation accidents, property damage, premises liability, personal injury, and wrongful death. She has also defended and prosecuted contractual indemnity and declaratory judgment actions. She is frequently retained for complex insurance coverage litigation and to provide coverage opinions and make recommendations regarding all lines of property and casualty insurance. 

Lauren is the co-editor of the Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook, a 26-chapter deskbook on insurance coverage. She is also the author of Chapter 3 on “Misrepresentation or Omission in Applications for Insurance” and Chapter 10 on “Fire and Property Insurance.” She frequently speaks on insurance-related issues. She is actively involved in the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP). She is co-founder and co-chair of the MDLA’s Women in the Law Committee. She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2019 and was the joint recipient of the 2018 MDLA President’s Award and the 2015 recipient of the MDLA Deb Oberlander Young Lawyer Award. 

She also serves on the MPLS Regional Chamber Executive Women’s Council Committee and the Hennepin County Bar Association Professionalism and Ethics Section. 

Leadership + Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Hennepin County Bar Association 
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association, Co-Chair of Women in the Law Committee 
  • Minneapolis Women’s Executive Council 
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals 
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation 

Community + Probono Work

  • Outside of the office, Lauren is an active volunteer with the Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute where she teaches adaptive downhill skiing to children and young adults with physical disabilities 

Presentations

  • “Misrepresentation or Omission in Applications for Insurance,” Insurance Law Essentials Webcast Series, Minnesota CLE, October 2019
  • “Managing Partners Panel: Leading and Succeeding,” MDLA Women in the Law Committee, September 2018
  • “Attention Zealous Advocates: Don’t Forget Your Shield – Protecting Your Practice and Avoiding Traps in Legal Ethics and Malpractice Claims,” 2018 Trial Techniques Seminar, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, August 2018
  • “Construction Litigation: Lessons from the Trenches Part II,” Minnesota Construction Association, June 2018
  • “Negligence and Evidence: From a Recovery and Liability Perspective,” Sedgwick Claims Management Services, June 2017

Published Articles

  • “A Systematic Approach: Defending Claims Involving Future Radiofrequency Neurotomy Treatments,” ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Summer 2020
  • “When Attorneys Are Sued by Non-Clients: The Immunity and Privilege Rule,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, September 2019
  • “Minnesota Amends its Rule of Professional Conduct Authorizing a Lawyer Admitted in Another Jurisdiction to Provide Legal Services in Minnesota,” Minnesota Lawyer, June 2019
  • “Defending Claims Involving Future Radiofrequency Neurotomy Treatments,” For the Defense, October 2018
  • “Construction Litigation: Lessons from the Trenches Part II,” Minnesota Construction Association, June 2018
  • “Assembling Your Team: Managing Today’s Fire Investigation,” Subrogator Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016 (authored with Jessica Allen)
  • “Paying it Forward: Approaching Mentorship as a New Lawyer,” Minnesota Defense, Winter 2015 (authored with Rachael Holthaus, Paul Shapiro and Peter Stiteler)
  • “Recovering the Cost of Code Required Repairs,” Subrogator Magazine, Winter 2015 (authored with Jessica Allen)
  • “Tips from the Trenches: How to Succeed as a Summer Associate and as a First-Year Associate,” Minnesota Defense, Winter 2014 (authored with Paul Shapiro)
  • “The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: Raising a Shield to Genetic Discrimination in Employment and Health Insurance,” 21 Health Law. 1, 2009

Education

  • St. Lawrence University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006 
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2010 

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2010 
  • North Dakota, 2017 
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2011 
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 2021 

News + Articles

Legal Malpractice – What’s in a Name?

Legal Malpractice – What’s in a Name?

The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently clarified that an attorney misconduct claim couched as a breach of fiduciary duty claim is still a claim for attorney malpractice and subject to the expert affidavit requirements of Minnesota Statutes section 544.42.  In short,...

Tales From the Trenches From the Defense Perspective

Tales From the Trenches From the Defense Perspective

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