Location: Kansas City
Practice Areas: Employment law and litigation, representing both employers and employees; catastrophic injury and wrongful-death litigation; business litigation
Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
When she was 3 years old, Erin Lawrence told her mom she wanted to be a judge. When she realized she had to be a lawyer first, she focused on law school.
“At 16, I had my son,” she said. “Some people thought I ruined my life and could no longer accomplish my dream of becoming a lawyer. I’m kind of a rebel, so I did it anyway. My son is one of the kindest humans I know. He motivates me daily to make this world a better place through my work.”
Lawrence began her career as a law clerk to former Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael W. Manners. In 2013, she moved into civil litigation practice. Seven years later, she participated in Missouri’s eighth-largest plaintiffs’ win for 2019, as tracked by Missouri Lawyers Media: a $22.75 million judgment on behalf of her firm’s clients, a Missouri state court judge and a professional golfer who were defrauded by a longtime acquaintance.
“Erin possesses subtle but unshakable grit — the kind of grit you only acquire through life’s toughest tests,” a professional associate said of Lawrence. “This grit combines with her stellar intelligence, tenacity and true compassion to make her one of the best attorneys I know.”
What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?
When a juror sent a question to the judge, asking if they could give our client more money than we requested. Damages were limited by statute, so the answer was no. But knowing that the jury understood the injustice my client suffered and thought our client deserved more felt great. My clients’ stories continue to inspire me. Telling their stories to the world keeps me going.