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About Us

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Education

Juris Doctorate, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2011
Bachelor of Arts, English, Bucknell University, 2006

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Nevada 2011
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2012

Honors & Awards

2011 American College of Bankruptcy Distinguished Law Student Nominee

2014, 2015 & 2017 Legal Elite, Northern Nevada’s Top Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine

Lauren D. Berkich

swearing-in-pic-1Lauren only practices family law because she has a passion for representing real people with real problems. Practicing family law typically entails more than just representing a client. A family law attorney must be prepared to handle the nebulous, emotional issues that are often accentuated during family law disputes. Thus, the family law attorney must be able to provide their client with the resources and emotional support so that the family can move forward, even if the marriage cannot. Lauren provides her clients with compassionate, yet honest representation.

Lauren frequently appears in court on behalf of her clients. She is prepared, efficient, and articulate. Lauren also has a passion for helping clients outside of the courtroom. She handles divorce mediations – either acting as the neutral mediator for a couple seeking a divorce or representing one party in mediation. Lauren also practices collaborative divorce, which is a process whereby a team of professionals, including attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals work together to amicably and efficiently separate a marriage.

Lauren graduated from Bucknell University in 2006 and then obtained her law degree of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2011. Lauren’s interest in family law began right after she graduated law school, while she was clerking for Judge James T. Russell in Carson City, who presided over many family law cases. After her clerkship, Lauren went to work for the law firm Allison, MacKenzie, Pavlakis, Wright & Fagan, in Carson City, practicing family law. Later, Lauren practiced family law at the law firm Woodburn and Wedge in Reno. During her tenure there, Lauren was named in the annual list, “Legal Elite 2015: Nevada’s Top Attorneys.”

Lauren is married, has a daughter, and three dogs. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family outdoors in Northern Nevada.

Community Involvement

graduation-1Lauren is a board member of the Executive Council, Family Law Section, State Bar of Nevada, where she and her peers will focus on implementation of programs, policies, standardizations and guidelines in the field of Family Law. 

Lauren was President of Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association in 2016. She served as a board member of NNWLA from 2013 to 2016, and continues to remain involved in the group. NNWLA is an organization committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Lauren is a member of the Board of Directors of Safe Embrace domestic violence shelter, based in Sparks, Nevada. Safe Embrace not only provides shelter to domestic violence victims, it also has an animal shelter to house victims’ beloved pets.  In 2017 Berkich Family Law partnered with Safe Embrace and Step2 to begin hosting a monthly pro bono legal clinic to assist victims of domestic violence.  For more information, please contact us.

Lauren is the Secretary of Nevada Collaborative Divorce Professions (NCDP), a group dedicated to educating the public about collaborative divorce.

In addition to so the many above commitments and accolades, Lauren was nominated for Reno’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2016, a program put on by Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network with partner, RGJ Media. “Each year a group of 20 talented, accomplished, very involved young leaders are chosen from nominations received.”

Testimonials

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Megan A. Lucey

Megan A. Lucey received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ms. Lucey then attended University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law where she specialized in Trial Advocacy, and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2009. During law school, Ms. Lucey advocated for justice with the Sacramento District Attorney’s office in their Domestic Violence, Juvenile and Minor Crimes divisions. Ms. Lucey was also trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and was the voice for the often voiceless children in the family law court system. Ms. Lucey was admitted to the California State Bar, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California in 2009. She was then hired as a litigation attorney with Prout LeVangie, LLP, focusing primarily on employment litigation and corporate counseling. After practicing law for several years in California, Ms. Lucey moved to Reno, Nevada and was admitted to the Nevada State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in 2013, where she has exclusively practiced family law since. She is excited to be continuing the practice of family law and to join the Berkich Family Law team.

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Kelly Weaver

Kelly was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada. She moved to Boise, Idaho for a few years, but decided Washoe County was where she belonged. She attended Truckee Meadows Community College and obtained a degree in paralegal studies, and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Colorado State University – Global Campus. Kelly has been involved in the legal field since 2004. Kelly started out as a runner/receptionist with Gunderson Law Firm before she became a legal assistant with Woodburn and Wedge, and became a paralegal with Berkich Family Law, PLLC in 2017.

Kelly is dedicated to helping the clients of Berkich Family Law, PLLC, oftentimes offering an understanding ear and going above and beyond to make sure the clients understand the emotional situation they are in. Kelly enjoys her role as a paralegal and hopes to provide some guidance and peace of mind during this stressful time on behalf of the clients.

Kelly has two little boys involved in her life, and one spoiled dog. Kelly enjoys traveling around the world as much as possible.

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Ashley Hefner

Ashley was born and raised in Reno area. She relocated to Seattle, WA for a little over a year but Reno has and will always be home. She is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies and is fairly new to the legal field. Ashley has over 10 years of hospitality and customer service experience, but decided she needed a change. She has been part of Berkich Family Law since March of 2017.

Ashley has a pampered pooch and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and traveling as much as possible.

Contact us today for all of your family law needs.