James W. Lawson specializes in criminal litigation in both state and federal criminal trials, as well as appellate cases. He has acted as legal counsel in 39 states and appeared in 25 federal districts. His representation includes businesses and individuals in complex federal and state investigations of health care, contracting, bank fraud, and other economic crimes. For almost 40 years he has represented companies, company officers, and company employees through a variety of federal and state investigations and prosecutions. These matters have typically involved requests for corporate documents along with individual subpoenas for testimony before grand juries or administrative agencies. He has represented corporations and individuals in cases involving health care and provider services, government and private procurement and false contracting claims, bank fraud, money laundering, construction-related issues, computer and technology claims, and matters related to violations of government regulations. For investigations ultimately resulting in criminal prosecution, he has negotiated successful resolutions and has tried cases to successful jury conclusions as well.
Prior to joining Prince Lobel, James was a partner at Oteri, Weinberg & Lawson, P.C., in Boston. He is the former chair of the section on criminal law of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers and a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars. James is a trustee of the Charity of Edward Hopkins and chair of the Charity Grants Committee of the Memorial Church at Harvard University.
Not in My Court: The Reach of Federal Laws to the Unintentional Visitor, with Kimberly Homan. New England Law Review, Volume 38, Number 4, 2004.
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1975
Harvard University, M. Div., 1972
Abilene Christian College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1969
American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Former Chair, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers, criminal trial practice
Included in National Directory of Criminal Lawyers, Gold Publishing
2014: Selected by Rue Ratings “Best Attorneys of America”
2010: Included in Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense
2010-present: Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White), and New England’s Best Lawyers, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense and White-Collar Criminal Defense
2009-present: Named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the area of Criminal Defense
2008-present: Selected as one of “Boston’s Best Lawyers” for Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense