Gary Lawson, J.D., LL.M
Gary Lawson, J.D., LL.M., Co-Founder of the Independence Corps (formerly known as America’s Huey 091 Foundation), has been a practicing lawyer for 42 years. He is licensed in New York and Texas and is admitted to practice before the 5th Cir. United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Lawson has established and served both as legal counsel and on the boards of nonprofits including Medisend International, Snowball Express, FIRST IN Texas, Capt. Hope’s Kids and others.
In 2013 the Secretary of the Army’s ordered Gary Lawson’s induction as an honorary member of the 160th Special Aviation Army Regiment (“SOAR”) at Ft Campbell KY in recognition of his decade long contribution to the welfare of Members of the United States Military including disabled former service members and his 7 years of service on the Board (1 as Vice-Chair and 2 as Chairman) of Snowball Express, a 501(c)(3) organization providing help for the children of U.S. military killed while serving our Great Nation after 9/11.
Gary’s writing has been cited in the United States Court of Appeals decision of Morse v. Stanley, 732 F.2d 1139 (2nd Cir. 1984). Mr. Lawson was also an active participant in representing the interests of public pension funds during the 1997 development of the Uniform Management of Public Employee Retirement Systems Act promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Mr. Lawson served on the IRS Employee Plans and Exempt Organization Dallas Key District Oversight Committee. Mr. Lawson is a member of both the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and a Past President of the Texas Association of Public Pension Attorneys.
Gary has twice briefed cases before the United States Supreme Court winning favorable decisions for both clients.
Mr. Lawson has served as an expert witness before the United States Congress as well as in several malpractice and fiduciary breach cases, and successful prosecution a $200M breach of fiduciary duty case. . Recently, Gary spoke at the annual National Association of State Retirement Administrators.
Mr. Lawson represents the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, the El Paso Firemen and Policemen’s Pension Fund, the Employee Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, the Houston Police Officers Retirement Fund, the City of Irving Supplemental Retirement Fund and the Louisiana State Auditors’ Office on pension and in some cases investment and litigation matters.
When not working for our veterans or his clients Gary enjoys cycling with his lovely wife and learning how to fly. The Lawsons have one son, a computer engineer who earlier had interned at the Dallas Veterans Hospital and DEKA Research.