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Ms. Barros is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, the Utah State Bar Family Law Executive Committee (Chair 2011-2012), the National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Law Advisory Council, the American Inns of Court, and the Women Lawyers of Utah (President of the Board, 2001-2002).

Volunteer Work

Lauren was appointed by Governor Herbert to the Third District Judicial Nominating Commission, where she helps select judges.  She also leads the Wasatch Back chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. 


In the Fall of 2009, Lauren and other concerned attorneys and law students created Rainbow Law, the first pro bono LGBT Law Clinic in Utah. The Rainbow Law Clinic is held once a month. She was also Chair of the Equality Utah Legal Panel, a Small Claims Court judge in the Third District Court (1998-2005), a team member of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team (1998-2003), and on the Board of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Forecasters (2005-2007).

Educational Background

Born in Dover, Delaware, Ms. Barros attended Colorado College and the University of Utah College of Law, where she graduated in 1993 as a William H. Leary Scholar, with a Clark Dewsnup Scholarship in Natural Resources Law.

Legal Experience

Prior to opening LRBFamilyLaw in 2002, Ms. Barros was an attorney with Cohne, Rappaport and Segal, the Disability Law Center, the Risk Management Division of the State of Utah, the Utah Labor Commission, Silvester & Conroy, and Utah Legal Services. Ms. Barros previously taught classes at the University of Utah on Women and the Law and Comparative International Human Rights Law.  Ms. Barros regularly presents on topics within family law, surrogacy law, and LGBTQ issues.


Lauren enthusiastically enjoys cycling, skiing, and hiking around Utah's mountains with her friends and family.


Ms. Barros is rated "AV Preeminent" which is the highest certification by the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review attorney rating service.  In 2013, the readers of the Catalyst magazine named Lauren one of Utah’s “Catalyst 100,” as a catalyst within our community. Also in 2013, the Community Foundation of Utah selected her as one of its “Enlightened 50,” individuals who are “making a real difference in the lives of Utahns through innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good.” Ms. Barros received the award of "Distinguished Family Law Practitioner" in 2005-2006 from the Utah State Bar and a "Most Fabulous Attorney" award from Q Salt Lake Magazine every year since 2007. She and her husband received Equality Utah's Allies Award in 2006. In 2004, Utah Business Magazine gave her the "Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars" award. She is consistently listed in Utah Business Magazine's Family Law "Legal Elite" and in the American Trial Lawyers' Association "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Utah."

Lauren R. Barros


261 East 300 South, #200

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

(801) 746-0670

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