Maryland attorney Lydia E. Lawless is Senior Assistant Bar Counsel with the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland, Office of Bar Counsel. In noting that she is the youngest person to have held that title, nominator Maryland Bar Counsel Glenn M. Grossman remarked that she has “…handled the most complex and contentious cases in our field and has an enviable record of success.” Ms. Lawless joined the Office of Bar Counsel in 2011 and previously worked as a Litigation Associate with the Bethesda, MD office of Vesper & Lawless.
She is active in the Maryland State Bar Association and its Litigation Section, Montgomery County Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, Montgomery County Inns of Court and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland. She is a frequent writer for the Maryland Litigator and the Maryland Bar Journal and a speaker on legal ethics topics.
A graduate of the University of Maryland and American University Washington College of Law, she served as staff editor of American University Administrative Law Review and was active in its Civil Practice Clinic.
Supporting her nomination for the award, Hon. Gary E. Bair of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland noted, “In sum, Ms. Lawless has a stellar reputation throughout the State for her skills as a trial and appellate litigator, for her fairness and good judgment as Senior Assistance Bar Counsel, and as a valued contributor to the legal profession.”
Ms. Lawless will receive the award during the 2017 ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility in St. Louis, MO.