|Judge Lawler with Illinois Supreme Court|
Justice Anne M. Burke at Lawler's installation
Lawler, an attorney in Illinois since 1988, was practicing with the Chicago law firm of Hilbert, Lawler & Power, Ltd. at the time of his appointment to the bench. According to his campaign website, Lawler spent his pre-judicial career handling insurance defense and personal injury matters. He is a former president of the Southwest Suburban Bar Association and has served a member of the Marist High School Board of Directors, including a five-year stint as Board Chair. His website notes that, among other civic and charitable activities, Lawler has served on the Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities. A former member of the St. Alexander School Council, Lawler currently serves on the Parish Financial Council. He has also coached youth basketball and baseball teams.