Lauren E. Sharkey is a partner at Cioffi • Slezak • Wildgrube P.C. a women-owned and operated law firm located in Schenectady, NY.
Lauren practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, guardianships, elder law, business law and real estate law.
Lauren enjoys getting to know families and helping them navigate legal issues through effective communication and compassionate problem-solving with her clients. She feels strongly that it is important to provide her clients with easy-to-understand guidance and options so that families can make informed decisions when it comes to their legal matters.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business Management from Pace University and a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. In 2011, she joined Cioffi • Slezak • Wildgrube P.C.
Professionally, Lauren was appointed to serve on the Character and Fitness Committee for the Third Judicial District in 2019 for a five- year term, which involves interviewing New York State Bar applicants prior to their admission to the bar several times per year. In 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, Lauren was selected as a Rising Star in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate by SuperLawyers.com. She is an active member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), a legal organization with over 50,000 attorney members. She currently serves on NYSBA’s Executive Committee (a position similar to the officers of a board). Lauren is also a former chair of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section and a member of the NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section’s Executive Committee.
Locally, Lauren is the vice president of the Schenectady County Bar Association and serves as the co-chair of its Trusts, Estates, and Elder Law Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
As a lifelong resident of the Capital District, Lauren is committed to our region and its residents. Lauren volunteers on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Ellis Medicine and is the current Secretary of the Board, a member of the Planned Giving Committee, and the co-founder of the Generations Committee. As of June 2021, Lauren joined the New York Bar Foundation (the charitable arm of NYSBA) Board of Directors for a term of three years. She is a former board member of Umbrella of the Capital District, a non-profit that supports local seniors living at home.
Lauren resides in Niskayuna (where she grew up) with her spouse, two children, cat and dog. She enjoys practicing yoga, playing soccer, running, reading, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.