Lawrence is a seasoned trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor with a broad range of experience in the investigation and litigation of criminal and regulatory matters. Lawrence advises and represents clients anticipating or involved in civil, administrative, and criminal investigations conducted by government agencies.
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. Lawrence’s experience as a federal prosecutor included investigating and prosecuting money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and public corruption cases. He was also the lead prosecutor for multiple investigations and/or prosecutions of health care professionals for health care fraud and violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lawrence was an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County, North Carolina, where he gained extensive trial experience, serving as lead counsel in over a dozen jury trials and hundreds of bench trials.
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.