Title: Attorney at Law
Company: Lawrence Firm, PSC
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Richard Dean Lawrence, Attorney at Law at Lawrence Firm, PSC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in trial law.
In his 49 years as a trial attorney, Richard Dean Lawrence has excelled in nearly every aspect of the craft. He has won jury trials in each of the last five decades and he earned a national reputation as a skilled, creative and masterful courtroom lawyer. After graduating from Salmon P. Chase College of Law with honors and as president of his law school class, he co-founded the firm of Gustin & Lawrence in 1971.
Over the next 20 years, Gustin & Lawrence became one of the leading trial firms in in Cincinnati, Ohio. During that time, Mr. Lawrence successfully tried a number of jury trials both civil and criminal. At the age of 28, he tried and won a first-degree murder charge for a client who was accused of willfully killing one person and seriously injuring another – there was an acquittal on all charges.
Known for his creativity and ingenuity, Mr. Lawrence was the very first lawyer in a Kentucky court to use a videotaped deposition in a criminal trial (Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Eddie Watkins (1973)), the first plaintiffs’ attorney in Cincinnati to hire a nurse-paralegal to prepare and to attend medical depositions, and one of the first attorneys in the country to adopt video-teleconferencing when the technology was introduced in the late 1990s.
In 1991, Mr. Lawrence founded The Lawrence Firm, which has become the pre-eminent medical malpractice firm in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region. In the nearly 30 years since the inception of The Lawrence Firm, Mr. Lawrence has represented hundreds of individuals who have been severely and catastrophically injured or killed by medical negligence, resulting in some of the largest settlements and verdicts in the tristate region. As lead counsel, or co-lead counsel, he set state-wide record verdicts in both Ohio and Kentucky.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lawrence has been an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves due to injury, circumstance or inability. This applies outside of the courtroom as well. As a result of his political advocacy, he has been a White House guest on a number of occasions, has participated in political conventions, has served on policy round-tables and was honored to attend a state dinner for the Prime Minister of India. He was honored by Habitat for Humanity for sponsoring a house for a young child with a disability.
Mr. Lawrence is known for his history of teaching and educating lawyers how to be better advocates. He has volunteered his time and shared his gifts throughout his entire career, as guest lecturer for the Salmon P. Chase Law School, Cincinnati Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, Ohio Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. He has been invited to speak in the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands, and was one of the featured speakers of the first ever National Australian Trial Lawyers Convention. In addition to his extensive lecturing, he has sponsored and hosted many seminars on courtroom strategies, damages and the intersection of law and medicine. In addition, he served as president of both the Kentucky Justice Association and the Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court. In 1996, he was the second recipient of the Distinguished Lawyer Award of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association which places his name in all the courthouses in the Northern Kentucky’s three country area.
For his professional excellence, Mr. Lawrence has been presented with countless honors and awards. In 2019, he received the Craig Spangenburg Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ohio Association for Justice. For more than 20 years, he was recognized by Best Lawyers in America, including as Trial Lawyer of the Year for the Southern Ohio Region in Medical Malpractice and as Trial Lawyer of the Year for the Southern Ohio Region in Personal Injury by Best Lawyers in America. In 2009, Mr. Lawrence was awarded the President’s Award from the American Association Justice for his outstanding contribution to the organization. In 2008, Mr. Lawrence received the second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and the first recipient of the Daniel P. Cullan Award from the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice. He has held an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble since the 1970s, and in 1996, he received the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Kentucky Association of Justice. Additionally, in the late 1990s, he received the Weineman and Wasaki Award for his outstanding contribution to civil justice.
Mr. Lawrence was born in Jefferson City, Missouri to Charles Eugene Lawrence and Edith Lucille Moore. He was happily married to his late wife Diana H. McIntyre for 42 years, raising five children, Jennifer, Daniel, Michael, David and Lindsay. He is proud to that he now gets to work alongside Jennifer and Lindsay, who followed in his footsteps and joined him in his practice.
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