Lauren Russell

Lauren P. Russell

Washington, DC

Lauren P. Russell is an associate in the Litigation Department with a focus on media and entertainment. She regularly defends news outlets and other content creators against defamation and privacy lawsuits, and brings lawsuits against government agencies to gain access to public records and official proceedings. Lauren also provides prepublication and newsgathering advice to her clients.

Lauren’s work is informed by her experience working as a photo editor and associate producer at CNN, and aiding in the coverage of the October 2016 term of the U.S. Supreme Court as an intern at NPR.

Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Lauren represented clients in complex corporate and commercial litigation proceedings in Delaware.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Lauren has provided pro bono litigation representation to journalists and speakers defending against defamation lawsuits and seeking records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). She has also represented clients in immigration matters.

Judicial Internships

Hon. Patrick Auld, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, June 2016-July 2016



University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D. 2018, with honors)
Comments Editor and Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Journalism, 2012)
Arts Editor, The Daily Tar Heel
Director of News, Reese News Digital Newsroom


District of Columbia



North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina