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BIOGRAPHY OF ATTORNEY MARK EDWARD LAWTON
Mark Edward Lawton, is the oldest of five sons to the late Judge James R. Lawton and Jeanne G. (Cashman) Lawton. He attended Brockton Public Schools, Coyle High School and Stonehill College where he majored in Philosophy. Lawton attended the New England School of Law/Boston, graduating in 1974. While in law school, he participated in the National Honors Moot Court competition.
Upon graduating from law school, Lawton ran for a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the same seat his father held before him. At age twenty-five, Lawton was one of the youngest candidates ever to win a seat to the Massachusetts House. Like his father, he won five successive elections to the House from his native Brockton. While in the House, Lawton served on both the Rules and Judiciary Committees. In 1979, Governor Edward J. King named Lawton as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Delegation to the White House Conference on Families. In 1978, the Massachusetts Bar Association named Lawton their ‘Legislator of the Year.’
From 1975 to 1983, Lawton was engaged in the general practice of law with two of his four younger brothers, Thomas Lawton and Richard Lawton, in their offices located in Brockton, Massachusetts.
In January of 1983, Lawton took the oath of office from Governor Edward J. King as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court. He’s also served intermittently in the Massachusetts Housing, District and Boston Municipal Courts. Upon his appointment to the bench, Judge Lawton became, along with his father, the late Judge James R. Lawton, the only father-son combo to ever serve simultaneously in the Massachusetts Trial Court. At age thirty-three, Lawton was the youngest judge ever appointed to serve in the Massachusetts Trial Court.
In July of 2010, after serving in the Massachusetts Trial Court for over 27 years, Lawton left the bench to resume the private practice of law. He also formed a lob