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Lauren E. Scardella, Esq.

Lauren E. Scardella, Esq. has been dedicated to defending the rights of those accused of criminal, DWI, and traffic offenses since 2009. She focuses her practice on these areas, as well as municipal court defense. Lauren is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, and she has taught and co-taught numerous Continuing Legal Education courses on Municipal Court Practice and the Alcotest® 7110 MK-IIIC, the latter being the breath testing instrument utilized by all police departments in the State of New Jersey. She is the co-editor of the 2012 and 2014 editions of Municipal Court Practice, published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

Lauren is a native of Mercer County, New Jersey. In 2003, she graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice. In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. As a law student, Lauren was an Articles Editor for the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, a legal journal founded by United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a third-year law student, Lauren was selected to be a Teaching Associate for the first-year Legal Research & Writing course, a required component of the first-year program for all law students. During the summers, Lauren found her passion for criminal law as a legal intern in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, where she was assigned to the Gang Unit in her first summer and the Grand Jury Unit in her second summer.

Following her graduation from Rutgers Law School, Lauren spent a year as the judicial law clerk to the Hon. Ira E. Kreizman, J.S.C. (Ret.), who was then assigned to the Criminal Part of the New Jersey Superior Court for Monmouth County in Freehold, NJ.

Following Lauren’s clerkship, she began her career in criminal defense as an associate at the Law Offices of Samuel Louis Sachs. In that position, Lauren defended hundreds of DWI, serious traffic, and serious criminal cases. After remaining in that position for nearly eight (8) years, Lauren now brings all of her experience to her own practice. Lauren covers all of New Jersey, and she vigorously defends and protects the rights of the accused.


  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, NJ
    • Juris Doctor
  • American University, Washington, D.C.
    • Bachelor of Arts, Justice


  • Associate at the Law Offices of Samuel Louis Sachs, 2009–2017
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Ira E. Kreizman, J.S.C. (Ret.), 2008–2009
  • Legal Intern, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, 2006–2008


  • Co-Editor, Municipal Court Practice, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012 and 2014 editions


  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mercer County Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Trustees, 2018-present
    • Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Committee, 2016–present
    • Chair, Municipal Bench Bar Committee, 2016–present
    • Member, Criminal Bench Bar Committee


  • 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year, Mercer County Bar Association

Teaching Experience

  • Co-Instructor, New York City Bar Association, City Bar Center for CLE, Winter 2016
    • Course: New Jersey Municipal Court Practice
  • Co-Instructor, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminar, Fall 2016
    • Course: DWI, Alcotest, and Interlock Devices
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Spring 2015
    • Course: Confronting and Defeating Alcotest Evidence at Trial
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Winter 2014
    • Course: The Complete Alcotest
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Spring 2012
    • Course: Alcotest Roundtable Discussion
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Spring 2012
    • Course: The Science Behind the Alcotest
  • Guest Lecturer, Rutgers Law School, Spring Semester 2012 through 2016
    • Course: Solo and Small Firm Practice
    • Topic: Municipal Court Practice

Client reviews

“I felt very comfortable & confident that Lauren was able to get the job done.”

“Lauren kept me informed from the beginning to the end. She responded to emails and texts quickly. She was great to work with.”

“Lauren is so friendly. She clearly explained the process and answered all my questions. She is on time and quickly closes my matter in court. Glad that I chose her as my attorney luckily.”

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