Laura Lee Mittelman

Associate

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3260
Overview
Bar Admissions

Illinois

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Court

Education

J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, DePaul University College of Law

B.A., Middlebury College

Laura focuses her practice in business litigation. She advocates for her clients—which range from Fortune 500 companies, to closely held businesses, to individuals—in pre-litigation, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution forums. 

Laura’s practice concentrates on resolving complex business disputes, including contract, tort, IP, and securities claims. Her broad experience spans the automotive, real estate, finance, consumer products, food/beverage, and entertainment industries. Laura also has experience with parallel criminal and civil disputes, as well as with internal investigations.

Laura works to understand her clients' businesses so that she can counsel and advise them with strategies to minimize risk. Her goal is to achieve the best result for her clients at the earliest point possible.

Laura has appeared in state, federal, and multi-district litigation, with experience at both the trial and appellate levels. Her pre-trial litigation experience includes pre-suit investigations, written discovery, expert discovery, depositions, and dispositive pre-trial motions. She has taken and defended individual and company designee depositions. Laura has second-chair experience at bench and jury trials, including with opening statements and witness examination. 

Outside of the courtroom, Laura handles cases in alternative dispute forums, such as arbitration and mediation.

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson in 2014, Laura was a litigation associate at Winston & Strawn in Chicago, IL.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented the founder of a world-famous rock band in federal jury trial against former band guitarist on trademark infringement and contract claims.
  • Defended international sporting equipment manufacturer in a contract dispute regarding whether royalty payments were owed in connection with several lines of products.
  • Represented mutual fund trustees in claims against 40 Act custodian bank arising out of $16 million fraud by fund’s adviser.
  • Successful defense of a $24 million claim for fraudulent conveyance and breach of fiduciary duty before the First Circuit.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a part-owner and shareholder of a closely-held automotive dealership after aggressively pursuing his claims of breach of fiduciary duty and unfair and deceptive practices against his fellow owners and shareholders.
  • Defended privately held sauce and dressing company in shipping dispute on issue of first impression.
  • Represented a community care hospital network in its antitrust lawsuit against a major insurance provider relating to the failed purchase of a hospital.
  • Defended national fitness club chain in nationwide class action litigation relating to memberships.
  • Prior pro bono efforts include an appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as matters relating to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County Domestic Violence Victim's Assistance Project.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

2017-2018 WBA Women’s Leadership Initiative

2016-17 Women’s Leadership Program, Boston Chamber of Commerce

Winner, 2017, Rebecca Alssid Scholarship for Wine Studies, Boston University Metropolitan College of Food and Wine

DePaul Law Review - Managing Editor of Notes and Comments

Middlebury College Alumni Association – Outstanding Class Correspondent (2013)

French Wine Scholar (FWS), with honors

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Boston Bar Association "Law Day in the Schools"

  • Teacher

Discovering Justice "Stand Up for Your Rights"

  • Teacher

Women's Bar Association Family Law Project for Battered Women

Pan-Mass Challenge 

  • Five-time rider and fundraising heavy hitter

Boston University Metropolitan College of Food and Wine – Wine Studies Certificate Program

Tech Goes Home

  • Board of Directors

2019 Boston Marathon (Team BMC)

Eight Streets Neighborhood Association 

Memberships

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Women's Bar Association

Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Program

Middlebury College Alumni Association

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

"Silencing the 'Twittering Juror': The Need to Modernize Pattern Cautionary Jury Instructions to Reflect the Realities of the Electronic Age," DePaul Law Review, Fall 2010

Resources

Resources

Laura Lee Mittelman
Practices
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Automotive
  • Securities Litigation
  • Environmental
Education

J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, DePaul University College of Law

B.A., Middlebury College

Admissions

Illinois

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Court

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