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Lauren Phyllis Buford

F 312.604.2627
Lauren Phyllis Buford is a Partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Her practice focuses on the defense of hospitals, nurses, and physicians in medical malpractice matters. She joined the firm in 2018.

Over the course of her career, she has obtained the dismissal of clients during the discovery phase of litigation, resolved disputed claims through mediation and successfully tried jury and bench trials.

Prior to joining the firm, Lauren worked at large defense firms and in the public sector. At a previous defense firm, she represented product manufacturers, particularly pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, in product liability disputes in state and federal court. In that role, she served as co-counsel for the winning defense of a client in a multi-week arbitration against whom in excess of $15 million in damages were sought. While working in the public sector, she oversaw and developed litigation strategy for large caseloads of personal injury claims, including fractures and traumatic tears, requiring multiple surgical repairs, chronic pain conditions, and vision and dental injuries. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California where she was a four year member of the Varsity Women’s Rowing Team. She received her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana where she received a merit-based scholarship and awards for trial advocacy.

Ms. Buford also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she teaches a 1L course on diversity, inclusion, and the legal professional entitled Professional Identity Formation.


Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law – 2007
University of Southern California – 2004


Northern District of Illinois
Illinois (2008)
Indiana (2007)

Professional Recognition

Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Professional Identity Formation

Memberships / Associations

Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Co-Chair Diversity Committee (2020 – Present), Board of Directors (2021 – Present), Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Board Member, Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society
Member, Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management
Member, Racial Justice Coalition
Member, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago
Member, American Society of Health Care Risk Management

Presentations & Publications

"Reflections on Vice President Harris.” Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (March 2021)
“Diversity and Race in the Legal Profession.” Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (November 2020)
“The Law & This Moment, an essay by Lauren Phyllis Buford.” Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (June 2020)
“Best Practices: Practical Tips for Requests for Admission of Facts,” The Decalogue Tablets (Spring 2019)


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