Lauren Taylor '95

Lauren Taylor '95  

Lauren Taylor '95
SVP, Director and Managing Counsel, TD Bank, N.A.

Area of Practice: Business & Transactional Law

Undergraduate School: University of Delaware
Hometown: Broomall, PA


Why did you decide to apply to Villanova Law?

I grew up only a few minutes from Villanova and although I didn't attend undergrad there, I always felt an affinity for the school. When I started visiting law schools, I was particularly impressed by the friendliness of the Villanova Law faculty as well their subject matter expertise, many of them having authored the "go-to" treatises and textbooks in their respective fields. The low faculty to student ratio was also very important to me.

Describe some of your experiences at Villanova Law.
My years at Villanova Law School are some of the fondest I have ever had. Villanova truly felt like a community to me. My fellow students were intelligent and creative and inspired me to be the best that I could be. The environment was supportive and energetic, never overly competitive or intimidating. The atmosphere was as social as the coursework was rigorous. It was a perfect balance. At Villanova, I made long-lasting friendships. Many of the friends that I made there are still some of my closest friends today, more than twenty years later. Most importantly, Villanova provided me with the foundation that I needed to make the transition to professional life. As a young associate at a large law firm, I was fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to become a successful lawyer.



Lauren is currently responsible for all legal aspects of the commercial lending operations, servicing and control matters for the Corporate and Specialty Banking and the Regional Commercial Banking divisions of TD Bank, N.A. Prior to her start there in 2016, she was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where she spent more than twenty years practicing in the areas of commercial finance, secured transactions, business reorganization, financial restructuring, creditors' rights and bankruptcy law. In her finance practice, she routinely represented commercial banks, insurance companies, non-institutional lenders and borrowers in secured lending, asset-based lending, leasing and credit enhancement transactions and other types of commercial transactions. Additionally, she assisted creditors in complex workout, restructuring and insolvency matters, including in connection with the enforcement of remedies through commercial litigation in federal and state court.

Prior to her graduation from Villanova Law in 1995, Lauren served as an Associate Editor for the Villanova Law Review, was an elected class representative for the Student Bar Association, and was the co-chair of the Women's Law Caucus. Since graduating, Lauren has gone on to receive multiple awards and honors for her outstanding work in the legal field. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the CRE Finance Council. Lauren also sits on the Board of the Law School's Alumni Association.

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