Mark W. Lawrence is an experienced trial attorney with over 20 years of practice before state District, Superior and Supreme Courts in both Maine and New Hampshire as well as in Federal Courts in these states.
He has handled real estate transactions, boundary disputes, divorce litigation, criminal matters, zoning issues, will contests, trusts, estate planning and bankruptcies for his clients.
Attorney Lawrence has also has considerable experience counseling clients on strategies for resolving often complicated personal and business legal issues. He is a seasoned negotiator, skilled in assisting clients to resolve disputes without expensive court litigation.
He is admitted to the bar in Maine and New Hampshire and is a member of numerous legal societies including the York County Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
The son of a shipyard worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Mark grew up in Kittery, Maine where he graduated from Traip Academy. He started his first business as a lobsterman at the age of 15. Later, he and a friend set up a second business making lobster traps. He helped to pay his way through Bowdoin College by working in a variety of local factories. After college he became a computer systems analyst to finance his way through law school. He earned his law degree from the University Of Maine School Of Law where he was a member of the Maine Law Review.
While in his second year of law school, Mark was elected to the Maine House of Representatives. After graduating from law school in 1990, he entered the private practice of law. At the same time, he served 12 years in the Maine Legislature, first as a Representative (1988-1992) and then as a Senator (1992-2000), the last four years as President of the Maine Senate. During that time, he was involved in writing many of the significant changes in Maine law.
In 2003, he became York County District Attorney and served two terms before deciding not to seek re-election in 2010 and return to private practice where he could apply his skills on behalf of his clients. As District Attorney, Mark prosecuted numerous criminal matters as well as oversaw all criminal and civil prosecutions brought by the fifteen Assistant District Attorneys who worked for him in Maine’s second largest prosecutorial district. In eight years as District Attorney, his office handled approximately 100,000 matters.