Lawrence’s practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients in connection with government investigations, internal investigations, civil litigation, regulatory enforcement matters, and white collar criminal defense. Lawrence draws on his experience as a seasoned trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor to counsel clients in a broad range of investigations and litigation of criminal, civil, and administrative matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state investigative agencies.
Lawrence has assisted clients in a variety of industries including financial services, defense contracting, healthcare, and energy. His experience involves conducting internal investigations related to financial fraud and claims of whistleblower retaliation, representing healthcare practices in investigations related to controlled substance issues, and representing individuals accused of fraud-related criminal offenses. He also has experience advising financial institution clients in connection with grand jury investigations and subpoenas served on the institutions.
Lawrence also advises clients on federal and state criminal procedure, including grand jury subpoenas and testimony, search and seizure, and civil and criminal asset forfeiture.
Before joining McGuireWoods, Lawrence served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County, North Carolina. Lawrence’s experience as a prosecutor included investigating and prosecuting matters involving, money laundering, public corruption, and the investigation and/or prosecution of healthcare professionals for healthcare fraud and violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Lawrence is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. In law school, Lawrence received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy, best oral argument, and was a member of the Civil Rights Appellate Advocacy moot court team.
In addition to his work at McGuireWoods, Lawrence is involved in various bar and community organizations. Lawrence serves on the Grievance Committee for the Wake County Bar Association where he assists in the evaluation of grievances to determine whether attorneys have violated the Rules of Professional Conduct. Lawrence is also a member of the Local Criminal Rules Committee for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Additionally, Lawrence represents indigent criminal defendants in the Eastern District of North Carolina pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act of 1964.
Conducted internal investigation for large public health organization to determine compliance with corporate integrity agreement.
Representation of multiple employees of publicly traded companies in parallel civil and criminal investigations by SEC and DOJ into accounting fraud related to revenue recognition.
Represented attorney charged with federal fraud-related offenses.
Conducted internal investigations for large financial institution related to whistleblower complaint regarding internal controls involving Anti-Money Laundering safeguards.
Conducted internal investigations for federal defense contractor regarding allegations of whistleblower retaliation.
Defended company in state ethics board investigation regarding financial payments to public employee.
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Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021, 2022
Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019, 2020
Named to "Top 40 Under 40," The National Black Lawyers, 2020
More Than 100 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized as ‘Ones to Watch’ By Best Lawyers
August 19, 2021
Michael Podberesky Discusses Circuit Split on FCA’s False Statement Standard
April 16, 2021
McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized for Excellence By The National Black Lawyers
April 13, 2021