Lauren Hughes

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Lauren Hughes is an associate counsel of Rockridge Venture Law®, Tennessee’s first Certified B Corp law group and a 2018 Best for the World Honoree for community impact. She is a leading voice among women practicing in technology and tech law. Her primary practice areas include corporate social responsibility, data privacy, and technology transactions.

Prior to joining RVL®, Lauren studied at the University of Tennessee College of Law. At UT, Lauren served as President of Law Women. She also founded and served as President of InnTechSpective, a legal technology organization focused on exploring new areas of law created by disruptive technologies, including aspects of blockchain, AI, and IoT. As a Commercialization Analyst within the University of Tennessee’s technology transfer office, Lauren identified market opportunities for cutting edge technologies and positioned those technologies for public dissemination through licensing.

Presentations & Publications

  • A Message from my University: What Not to Say, Assoc. Private Enter. Educ. (Apr. 2019). Presentation.

  • Who Controls the Trolley: Defining Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles, 3MT (Mar. 2019). Presentation.

  • Negotiating Liquidation in Start-Ups, Transactions Blog (Feb. 19, 2019). Publication.

  • Case Comment, Attorney’s Fees: Nyrstar Tenn. Mines-Strawberry Plains, LLC v. Claiborne Hauling, LLC, 19 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 800 (2018). Publication.

  • The Shareholders’ Gift of a Shield: How Exculpation Conforms with the Team Production Model, Transactions Blog (Apr. 12, 2018). Publication.

  • How a Comma Can Cost You Millions: A Story of Haste, Uncertainty, and Payout, Transactions Blog (Oct. 17, 2017). Publication.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative & Benefit Corporation Structures

  • Data Privacy

  • Technology Transactions