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Mark M. Lawson

Mark M. Lawson

Bristol, Virginia
800-814-1892 (Toll free)

Mr. Lawson's practice of over 40 years includes traditional labor law practice, employment law litigation, and transactional work for business and industry, including municipal government entities and boards. He was instrumental in establishing the firm's labor and employment law practice. He has appeared before state and federal courts and agencies, including those outside the Tri-Cities (Bristol/Kingsport/Johnson City) regional area.

Mr. Lawson has substantial experience before the National Labor Relations Board, and he represents management in union organizing campaigns and collective bargaining. He has appeared in appellate courts on numerous occasions and he is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Lawson has been active in establishing and maintaining the firm's Employment Lines seminar series and newsletter.

Mr. Lawson has regularly represented clients in business transactions, including acquisition/disposition of assets and entities. He also has worked regularly with various municipal entities and boards dealing with intergovernmental and constituent matters, financings, condemnation, and personnel issues.

Mr. Lawson has been deeply involved in the Bristol Community for many years, and he has served on numerous organizational boards including Girls, Inc., Sullins Academy, Bristol Family YMCA, Theatre Bristol, and Kingsport Theatre Guild. He is active in his church, Christian Science Society of Bristol, Tennessee. When not working to pay for his hobbies, he enjoys hiking, sailing, scuba diving, and motorcycling. Mr. Lawson is married and has four children.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Labor and Employment Law
  • 12% Commercial Litigation
  • 19% Business Transactions
  • 19% Governmental Entities and Boards

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1976
  • Tennessee, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. cum laude - 1976
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - June, 1973
    • Major: English
  • The Principia, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    • College Preparatory - June, 1969

Published Works

  • "Employment Lines Seminar" Workbooks, Elliott Lawson & Minor
  • "Business Lines" Newsletter, Elliott Lawson & Minor

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.
  • Hapco/American Flagpole
  • Penn-Virginia Corporation
  • Sandvik Rock Tools, Inc.
  • Rosedale Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Prime Choice Foods, Inc.
  • King College
  • WCYB TV-5
  • Steel Fab
  • Tri City Extrusion
  • Barter Theatre
  • Washington County Service Authority


  • Wachovia Bank
  • Highlands Union Bank


  • "Employment Lines Seminar", Elliott Lawson & Minor, 1976 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • "Super Lawyer" in Employment and Labor Law, by Law & Politics Magazine, 2006-2010
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (5 of 5)-Labor and Employment Law-Martindale Hubbell Law Directory

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member, 1976 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present
  • Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), Member, 2004 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • White Elliott & Bundy, Associate, 1976 - 1979
  • White Elliott & Bundy, Shareholder/Managing Shareholder, 1980 - 1994
  • Elliott Lawson & Pomrenke, Shareholder, 1994 - 2003


  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Kappa Alpha Order

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Office Location

Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C.
110 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bristol, VA 24201

Phone: 276-466-8400
Toll free: 800-814-1892
Fax: 276-466-8161

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