Lawson '84Lance Lawson has received the 2019 Citizen Lawyers Award by North Carolina Bar Association. The Citizen Lawyer Award recognizes lawyers who exemplify the ideals of a "citizen lawyer" by their involvement in the community and exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer by volunteering their time for worthy community or civic causes to improve the quality of life of those in their local or statewide communities.

At Burr Forman McNair, Lance serves as the firm's Charlotte Office Managing Partner and is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. A licensed Professional Engineer, Lance focuses his practice on patent infringement and other intellectual property litigation including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as commercial disputes involving technology.

Prior to pursuing law, Lance served nine years on active duty as a civil engineer officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, including three years as chief of engineering and design in a construction unit, and one year commanding a construction unit in both Iraq and Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Lance served as an attorney at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves, while performing duties as the general counsel to several military units in the Southeast. Lance also serves as a college liaison counselor to high school students interested in attending a service academy.

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