Jonathan Lawlor


Professor Jonathan Lawlor litigated commercial cases for 13 years. Beginning in 1991, he practiced in New York, as a litigation associate, first with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and then with Herrick, Feinstein LLP. In 1998, he joined the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, as a trial attorney with the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch. At Justice, he was a member of the trial team defending the United States against more than $20 billion in breach-of-contract claims brought by financial institutions and their investors in cases related to United States v. Winstar Corp., 518 U.S. 839 (1996), and he also litigated appeals concerning the constitutionality of the domestic and import provisions of the Harbor Maintenance Tax. Since late 2004, he has been the primary caretaker for his daughter, and an active community volunteer. Professor Lawlor is a graduate of Harvard University (History) and the University of Virginia School of Law. At Virginia, he was an executive editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as a quarterfinalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition. Since 2008, he has been an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law, teaching, at various times, Legal Ethics, Legal Rhetoric, and Seminars for Supervised Externships.

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