We don't need to go outside the law ... to find justice
Dinah Laurel Lance
PB Katie Cassidy
Location Starling City
Dinah "Laurel" Lance (born 1984) is the daughter of Detective Quentin Lance and Dinah Lance and the sister of the late Sara Lance. Growing up she had a decent childhood, came from a protective family since her father was a cop and has a strong sense of what's right and wrong. As she got old, she became friends with Oliver Queen and Tommy Merlin. The trio was inseparable, even as they got older and the boys started to act out more with rich boys antics.
Laurel had started to date Oliver Queen and fell in love wit him, however things were moving serious too fast and Oliver ran, into the arms of her sister on a yacht, her sister Sara dies in a violent shipwreck which, also strands Oliver on a remote island, which he's presumed dead as well.
Laurel life moved on, didn't have a choice in the matter when she found out she was pregnant. She got her life together and with the help of her family, she had Johnathan Oliver Lance and then started law school. Life was rough, especially after her mother had left, but once she had finished school, Laurel turned to work and raising her son.
She never told the Queens that Johnathan was Oliver, she just remind silent and didn't subject him much to their social circle. She did remain close friends with Tommy Merlyn, who stepped up as a father/uncle figure in Johnathan life also him and Laurel, causal date/hook up. There was talk of talking the relationship further, but it's plain to see Laurel was looking for that to happen.
With Oliver being rescued, Laurel didn't tell him about Johnathan. He was just adjusting to his new life and she didn't want to add the pressure of him being a father on to it. She kept her distance at first, by his warning and she didn't want to face him about their son. But with a conversation with Tommy, Oliver found out about the boy and when he appeared at her apartment with ice-cream, Johnathan is who answered the door.
They have yet to speak of him being the father of Johnathan, Oliver life had been quite busy since shortly after he was arrested for being The Hood. He had wanted Laurel to take his case, she refused, but at the end came through for him. She argues with her father when she chooses to defend Oliver in his trial.
She tells her father that he can't blame Oliver fully for Sara's death, her pregnancy or the fact that her mother left them afterwards.
Laurel didn't know how much Oliver had went through on the island till then. Laurel and Oliver kiss. She admits that she still has feelings for him but makes it clear that nothing can ever happen between them. She didn't want to get hurt again and she had Johnathan to think of.
Laurel then starts to work The Hood, not thinking of the danger she places herself or Johnathan since Star City is a town ran on corruption and she wants to make it a better place for her son.
When Thea gets in legal trouble to get her out of a long jail sentence Laurel gets her father to get her a deal, meaning as part of her plea bargain, Thea will work at CNRI.
When she calls the Hood, she unwittingly helps her father track him down and is furious with him as it gets her kidnapped. The Hood saves her, but this cause a break between her and her father.