Boies Schiller Flexner attorney Lauren Louis was named a federal magistrate judge in Miami, the Southern District of Florida announced Friday.
Louis was selected from 56 applicants for the seat that opened when U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff retired.
A Baltimore native, Louis earned her bachelor’s degree from Towson University. She clerked for Chief Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District just after her graduation from Fordham University School of Law in 2000.
Louis then became a federal prosecutor in the major crimes unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. During her five years there, she handled cases involving economic crimes, narcotics and firearms offenses, identity theft, immigration violations and computer/internet crimes, according to the court’s press release.
Louis’ work as an assistant U.S. attorney included 25 jury trials, 30 briefs and two arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
In 2006, she joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Boies Schiller, handling both plaintiffs and defense work. Louis focused on complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property, antitrust, civil rights, professional malpractice and class action cases. She was designated as a Criminal Justice Act attorney to represent indigent criminal defendants in federal court.
The magistrate selection process began in August 2017. A panel of legal community members selected 16 candidates to interview, narrowing the group to five finalists who were interviewed by district judges in November.