Lauren M. Eliopoulos practices in construction law and commercial litigation. She represents developers, general contractors, and subcontractors of residential housing communities, including high-rise condominiums and large planned community developments, as well as commercial structures and retail spaces. In addition, Ms. Eliopoulos’ practice includes premises liability representation for restaurant owners and entrepreneurs. Ms. Eliopoulos’ construction defect litigation experience specializes in glass and glazing matters, dealing with corrosion, water intrusion, and coatings.
Ms. Eliopoulos’ attention to detail during initial case analysis and development has lead to several early stage resolutions in matters at mediation. From this experience, Ms. Eliopoulos has prepared continuing education presentations for insurance adjusters and contractors on the Florida Statute 558 Construction Defect Notice of Claim procedures and best practices. Lauren also represents developers and subcontractors in the Florida statute 558 Notice of Claim Pre-Litigation resolution and has successfully resolved claims prior to litigation being filed.
Ms. Eliopoulos has a family background in the food service and hospitality industries including restaurant construction, operations and management in stand-alone entities, as well as resort and hotel facilities. She is an avid cook and enjoys culinary pursuits inspired by her travels.
Ms. Eliopoulos earned her juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law in May 2016 with a concentration in Environmental Law.
Presentations & Publications
American Bar Association
The Florida Bar
The Florida Land Use and Environmental Division
American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
St. Petersburg Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Pinellas Chapter
Environmental and Land Use Subdivision of the Florida Bar
Property Damage Litigation
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2016, Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law, Moot Court Board, Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy.
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Stetson University, 2011
Six Hundred Unit Residential Complex, Celebration, Florida
In this construction defect case, Jason Moyer and Lauren Eliopoulos represent an HVAC subcontractor. Critical to their early success in this matter was the granting of a motion absolving their client of liability on a large issue throughout the community.
Local Seafood Market, Clearwater, FL
In this slip-and-fall premises liability case, Hugh Higgins and Lauren Eliopoulos earned a swift victory on behalf of this local seafood company. In a matter of months, Hugh and Lauren obtained summary judgement on the legal theory that the Plaintiff was a trespasser.
Multi-tower Island Condominiums
Hugh Higgins and Lauren Eliopoulos defend the stucco subcontractor in this construction defect case where the primary allegations revolve around alleged de-bonding of stucco from the walls and balconies of this 27 story beachfront condominium featuring over 200 units.