Lauren E. Rankins

Lauren E. Rankins’ practice focuses on commercial litigation, construction and suretyship, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in both the public and private context, providing a full range of transactional and litigation services to her clients. Specifically, Lauren is able to address a variety of issue including, but not limited to, payment and performance bond claims, mechanics liens, indemnity demands, design defect, delay and defective work claims, subdivision development disputes, bid protests and the negotiation and completion of takeover and tender agreements.

Lauren joined Watt Tieder as a first year associate after having clerked for the firm for several years. She received her J.D., cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School where she was a  Staff Editor for The John Marshall Law Review and Presiding Barrister for the Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Council. She was also recognized as part of the Dean’s List, a winner of the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition and a frequent competitor on a number of Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution competition teams. Lauren completed her judicial extern with the Honorable Magistrate Jeffrey Cole of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Lauren is also a contributor to Watt Tieder’s Fifty State Survey Of Key Issues Related To Construction & Engineering Contracts, in which she authored the topic Strict Interpretation of Contract.

  1. General Information


    • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 2014, cum laude
    • Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
    • Dean’s List
    • Presiding Barrister, Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Council
    • The University of Wisconsin Whitewater, B.A., Sociology & Criminal Justice, 2007

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • American Bar Association
  2. Memberships & Affiliations
    • Illinois