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Lauren Medel survived a near-fatal car crash 11 years ago and had to re-learn many simple tasks from talking to walking. Now she helps others with disabilities through her expanding law practice. A graduate of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ, class of 2000, she went on to Scottsdale Community College where she received her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business; Arizona State University where she received her BAS in Political Science and Communications; Western International University, to get her MBA; and finally St. Mary’s School of Law, to receiver her JD (doctor of Law) degree.

CAR CRASH SURVIVOR GOES ON TO LAW SCHOOL, NOW HELPS OTHERS

The Law Office of Lauren Medel is already expanding, barely one year after the first office opened at 1813 Balboa Place in Oak Cliff.

You may have already seen her two billboards on Highway 67 and Interstate 35.

But you may not know that 11 years ago, on June 4, a serious car crash nearly killed her.

She survived, but suffered a brain injury which changed the course of her life.

A native Texan, Lauren was born at St. David’s hospital, in downtown Austin. Her family moved to Scottsdale Arizona, where Lauren grew up with identical twin sisters Aya and Keighsie Huffman. She also has half-siblings Tammy, Dixie, Robbie and Lisa from her father’s first wife and then Matt and Andy from her father’s second wife and step brothers Ben, Joseph and James.

She credits her multiple younger siblings with growing up knowing that she wanted to “be in charge!”

At 35, she is!

Her all-female law firm has been helping clients in southern Dallas and as more and more come from cities south of Dallas, such as DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster to the Balboa Street office, Attorney Medel realized she could do more.

Medel said, “A great opportunity came available for me to have a new location in East Oak Cliff, which is a highly underserved area in terms of legal representation.  In my current location, I noticed that MANY of the clients I was serving were from East Dallas and Lancaster and this location became available.”

Medel adds, “The location chose me!  The owner is an acquaintance of mine and he asked me to come see an opportunity.  He saw the underserved area and gave me an opportunity I could NOT PASS UP!!”

La’Mesha Antoine is the office manager at the new space, located at 1117 S Beckley Dallas 75203 at the corner of Beckley and Clarendon.

Medel will be hosting an Open House next Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the original Balboa office, 1813 Balboa Place, Suite 206, Dallas 75224, as host to the Oak Cliff Women in Business networking group. Any business woman can attend, or one who is looking for a new career.

“Queens and Future Queens” is the non-profit that will be highlighted. The agency works to help girls grow up to be young women of substance, and have a women’s empowerment summit coming up on September 30, 2017, in Grapevine. Medel is one of the speakers for the summit, along with other nationally-recognized women including Keynote “Laser Focus” motivational speaker Cynthia Bazin, Fitness Guru Sky Landish, Civil Rights Advocate Carmen Perez and Queens and Future Queens Founder Pauline Holmes.

Medel says her new law office opened on May 26, 2017. Running the office will be an exciting adventure for her, a JD, MBA who just left corporate America in August.  “I’m building the plane while flying it, and couldn’t be more excited about it.  I have a fantastic team of professionals by my side making the growth possible.”

Medel will be expanding her services to new clients. “We will really be trying to help with immigration and other needs that tend to be overlooked in this underserved community.  I’ve noticed lots of families in this part of Oak Cliff have real estate issues to resolve and more.  I want to expand to help everyone that I can!”

Married now for six years to Brandon Medel, they are the proud parents of two children, Noah Jack and Liberty Dale.

Coming from the struggle of a divorced, destructive, abusive home, Lauren grew up with a real sense of justice and right and wrong. She feels blessed to have both the intelligence and good luck to be academically strong. She is also extremely patriotic. “I love America almost more than I love my own children--note my daughter’s name—but I knew I could never be in the military, so I figured lawyering was the next best thing.”

Her goal is to provide peace of mind to all her clients.

And she’s already doing it from two different offices in the Oak Cliff area.

 

To learn more, contact her at lauren@laurenmedel.com or see her website: http://laurenmedel.com

For more information about the Oak Cliff Women in Business, see the group's Facebook page: OCWIB or contact Vicky Gouge: gouge@fullmoondesigngroup.com

Author Judy Porter can be contacted at judy-porter@sbcglobal.net.

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