A Bit About Me
Lauren is a seasoned maritime industry expert with extensive experience in oceanborne commerce and maritime law, with specific emphasis in regulatory compliance review, regulatory updates, maritime transportation, stakeholder engagement, advising and coordinating federal regulatory impacts on businesses, international anti-trust laws specific to maritime, funding opportunities, and port and terminal operations.
Throughout her career Lauren has gained valuable experiential knowledge working in the maritime industry. This has included work in the federal government, state maritime/port authority, private industry, education, and more.
Notably, Lauren has served as an Attorney-Advisor focused on International Affairs/Relations in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in Washington DC and as a Maritime Project Manager at Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), Port of Boston, in Boston, MA. Her work has focused on international affairs relating to the FMC’s regulation of international ocean-borne transportation, serving as a maritime technical advisor on the U.S. government’s delegation for bilateral and multi-lateral maritime negotiations, developing alternative revenue sources for maritime business, engaging and maintaining relationships with local, city, state, federal, and international partners/stakeholders, advising and coordinating federal regulatory impacts on maritime business, and monitoring and alerting to new regulatory changes that affect the maritime industry. Lauren also previously worked on the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project on a contracted position to the U.S. Department of State.
Lauren has a clear passion for the maritime industry evidenced through her many board and leadership roles, including:
Vice-Chair of the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) Law Review Committee
President of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) – New England Chapter
Board Member of the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Boston
Manager of Boston’s Port & Seamen’s Aid (Mariner’s House)
Vice-President for Special Events of the Navy League of the United States – Mass Bay Council
Lauren also teaches Law of the Sea at Roger Williams University School of Law and Waterfront Planning at Endicott College.
A native Michigander, Lauren currently resides on the South Coast of Massachusetts splitting time between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Hope College and received her law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law with a joint degree from the University of Rhode Island for Master of Marine Affairs. Lauren is an avid sailor and recreational fisherman and holds a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (50 ton) for Great Lakes and Inland Waters.
April 2021 - Present
November 2017 - February 2021
January 2012 - October 2017
March 2011 - September 2011
June 2008 - July 2008
Principal & Founder, Squall Strategies, LLC
A boutique maritime consulting and legal solutions company. Available for federal regulatory analysis, Federal Maritime Commission related issues, general maritime consulting, cargo movement and shipping insight, foreign tariff and trade expertise, emerging markets and offshore wind analysis, etc.
Maritime Project Manager, Massachusetts Port Authority
Worked for the Port of Boston/Maritime Department focusing on business development of external events and alternative revenue sources, establishing and maintaining communication channels with maritime stakeholders, managing and publishing the Tariff Schedule, and advising and coordinating the impact of federal regulatory initiatives on Port of Boston business lines.
Attorney Advisor, Federal Maritime Commission
Worked in the Office of the General Counsel, covering international affairs issues. Chairperson of the Federal Maritime Commission's Maritime Environmental Committee's Brown Bag Speaker Series.
Policy/Legal Analyst, U.S. Department of State/ERT, Inc.
Worked on the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project providing legal and policy guidance based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea text. On detail at U.S. Department of State with a contract between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT, Inc.).
Legal Intern, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Based in Hamburg, Germany. Supervised by the First Legal Officer researching law of the sea issues for legal staff and tribunal justices.