Top Women: Lauren Varner

by Tony Flesor

Even before Lauren Varner was an attorney, it was clear she was going to do personal injury work.

“From the very beginning, even from my first year of law school, I’ve just fallen into personal injury,” she said.

Her father was an orthopedic surgeon who saw many personal injury patients. She had worked in his office and saw what the work was like from the medical side. “So it seemed like a natural path for me,” she said.

She is now running her own firm, Varner Faddis Elite Legal, with her fiancé Eric Faddis, but her career thus far has been set in that path. She worked for roughly five years at another personal injury-focused law firm and took a case to the Court of Appeals after starting work on it as a clerk.

Her young career has involved, by her count, hundreds of settlements, countless mediations and several six-figure settlements for her clients.

Varner didn’t end up winning on the appeal, but she said she valued the experience. That case was heard at her alma mater, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and brought a crowd of law students. She was only about one year into practicing, herself, and the oral argument experience was educational in handling nerves and being able to stray from the outline while being interrupted with questions.

And while many personal injury cases are focused on bringing in a large quantity of cases, Varner and Faddis started their law firm last year with a focus on “white glove” service.

“My favorite part of my job is just working with the clients. Most of them come in, and they’re stressed and they’re frustrated,” she said. “I love getting to know my clients and giving them some peace of mind. When they leave, I think they just feel like a weight has been lifted.”

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