Lawson began his career as a Trial Attorney in the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on litigation under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental statutes. He successfully represented the Coast Guard in an ESA challenge to efforts to respond to the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Immediately prior to joining AFRC, Lawson was in private practice with a commercial litigation boutique. He gained first-chair trial and appellate experience as well as a reputation for creative problem-solving. Lawson successfully represented the Port of Vancouver USA in environmental litigation regarding the Vancouver Energy Terminal proposal, arguing and winning the case in summer 2015 before the Washington Court of Appeals.
Lawson holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University. He is a native of Vancouver, Washington and a graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School.