Lauren R. Nunez, Associate Washington, D.C.
lnunez@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2559
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Lauren R. Nunez is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office where she is a member of the firm’s Health Care Group. Her practice covers a wide range of litigation and counseling engagements, including representing leading managed care organizations, health benefit plans, health care providers, government contractors, and various other corporate commercial litigants. Lauren litigates complex matters in federal, state, and arbitral forums, with a particular focus on commercial health care disputes, class actions, civil antitrust, and False Claims Act suits. Lauren’s antitrust experience includes mergers and acquisitions and civil antitrust cases. She has represented clients in investigations before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Labor, and various state enforcement agencies.

Representative engagements include:

  • Trying case behalf of leading health services company to defense verdict in $150 million action involving fraud and breach of contract claims related to the design, build, and operation of a health plan.
  • Defending managed behavioral health care organization in response to a joint state and federal investigation of compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act for both fully-insured and self-funded plans. 
  • Representing a health system in an FTC investigation. 
  • Representing multiple health plans in complex commercial disputes with pharmacy benefit managers and retail pharmacies regarding pharmaceutical reimbursement. 
  • Defending leading health plan in multiple class actions in federal court concerning compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
  • Defending a large health insurer in multiple arbitration proceedings across the nation involving a Medicare Advantage dispute.
  • Representing a Medicaid managed care organization in complex litigation with a state concerning actuarial soundness of capitation rates, government contracting, and related performance and transition of care issues.
  • Defending a leading health plan in arbitration against a major hospital system in Florida regarding payment of behavioral health claims.

Lauren maintains an active pro bono practice in which she litigates education access cases on behalf of parents of children with special needs and practices complex appellate litigation under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Lauren worked as an associate at a firm in Boston, where she practiced in complex commercial litigation and health care fraud investigations. Before that, Lauren interned for the Honorable Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable William Q. Hayes on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

Lauren graduated from Notre Dame Law School summa cum laude, where she was the executive notes editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Lauren received her B.A. from Providence College with a double major in economics and political science.



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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Professional Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association


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