Juris Doctorate, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2011
Bachelor of Arts, English, Bucknell University, 2006
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
Lauren 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.
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.”
Our family is all from out of state, but we needed representation for an estate matter in Nevada. Lauren offered to accept the role after carefully explaining that the work we needed was outside her specialty area. We accepted this situation.
Our hope and goal was to find an attorney who would be a good communicator and gather information that our family needed in order to make important decisions. Lauren met all our hopes in this matter. Her communications were timely and very clear.
She helped us make some important decisions, including the decision to hire an attorney to replace her, with an attorney who specializes in our type of case.
Lauren filled the role we needed and we recommend her highly when representation is needed that will benefit from good communication and clarity.
This is by far one of the best practices in Reno. Lauren has a tremendous amount of experience and is willing to fight to make everything 100% fair. She has an extraordinary amount of knowledge in the area she practices and can speak to you on a level that is easy to understand. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking divorce or family law issues.
I was first drawn to Lauren due to her ability to do collaborative and uncontested divorces. My husband at the time told me that we should get divorced, so I thought this would be a fairly simple process where we could all work together to part paths amicably. I was just doing as he desired. However, things quickly turned ugly, but Lauren was still able to represent me. She kept me focused on the prize: freedom from my abuser. She and her staff worked with urgency to ensure my freedom as soon as possible. I highly recommend Lauren and Berkich Family Law. Divorce is never a fun process, but through Lauren’s professionalism, dedication, and wisdom, I was able to escape much quicker than many thought possible.
I first contacted Lauren for help with a domestic violence situation. Her receptionist immediately assisted me and Lauren was able to see me the next day, which was Nevada Day. I decided I would proceed with filing for a divorce and serve him at the TPO hearing. The district court set the TPO hearing only a week from when the initial protection order was filed. Lauren worked quickly to make sure the paper work was in order and served at the TPO hearing. Lauren worked hard on my case, I often felt as if I was her only client. She was professional, honest, dedicated, and sympathetic to my situation. I felt completely comfortable with not only Lauren but her staff as well. Going through family court, a domestic violence situation, and a divorce is extremely difficult. Having Lauren and her staff to handle my case helped me get through a challenging time in my life. I would recommend Berkich Family Law to anyone who needs a Family Law Attorney. I just cannot say enough about Lauren and her staff, and thank her for taking my case and getting me through this divorce so quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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