In September 2004, Lawrence joined The Boeing Company as its Chief Counsel, Investigations, where he manages the Company’s internal legal investigations, government inquiries and compliance matters. 


Prior to joining Boeing, Lawrence was a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie in Chicago. During his tenure at Perkins Coie, Lawrence was appointed to several high-profile investigations including the E2 Nightclub tragedy of February 2003 that left 21 people dead, as well as the investigation of the alleged cover up of inmate beatings by jail guards at the Cook County Jail.  Before joining Perkins Coie, Lawrence was a federal prosecutor in Chicago, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of white collar frauds, including mail/wire, mortgage, bankruptcy and tax fraud, gang/drug organizations and import violations.  Lawrence also was an attorney at Skadden Arps et. al in Chicago, concentrating in mass-tort litigation, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable (then Chief Judge) James B. Moran of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  In 1991, Lawrence received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law and was the Charles H. King award recipient for graduating first in his class.  He was elected President of his law school class, served on the law review and was an oralist on a moot court team that placed first in a national competition.  In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Between undergraduate school and law school, Lawrence worked as an Industrial Engineer and Production Supervisor at the General Motors Truck & Bus Group in Pontiac, Michigan.


Lawrence serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Illinois and recently completed service on the Illinois Reform Commission.  He also served on the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission for several years, including being elected Vice-Chair for two of those years.  Lawrence is a frequent speaker across the country in the areas of internal investigations, corporate compliance and ethics.  He is an ordained minister and married with three children.