Joseph Lawlor


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2012, Member, Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

B.S., Legal Studies, St. John's University, 2009


New York, 2013

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York


Joseph Lawlor has helped litigate high-stakes intellectual property, white collar crime, real estate, employment, consumer protection, and TCPA matters on behalf of a diverse clientele, including nationally-recognized colleges, commercial property owners and investors, healthcare providers, leading retailers, and web-based start-ups. Joe’s value to clients lay in the diversity and breadth of his experience. Joe has counseled clients through all phases of litigation, including jury and bench trials in federal and state courts.

At a relatively early stage in his career, Joe has already demonstrated the maturity and judgment necessary to represent a wide array of clients in a broad range of disputes. For example, Joe has successfully represented the National Football League in several federal lawsuits alleging violations of consumer protection laws in connection with the sale of playoff tickets, and helped secure full dismissal of a federal action brought against the NFL and others arising from the 2014 NFC Championship Game and a putative class action brought against the NFL arising from Super Bowl XLVIII.

Joe represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters in the federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). His experience includes the representation of a global skin care company in a jury trial and companion TTAB proceeding relating to a trademark dispute over one of its flagship products; the representation of a national retailer and public college in a copyright dispute relating to the design of a backpack; and the representation of a consulting firm in a Lanham Act action to protect its brand. Joe is a reliable counsel for cutting-edge trademark matters and has co-hosted a roundtable for the International Trademark Association (INTA) on emerging trademark issues in the expanding digital marketplace. 

As employer’s counsel, Joe has helped to defend discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour suits. Joe also counsels individuals under investigation by state and federal governmental agencies. Joe’s white collar representations have involved securities, cryptocurrencies, RMBS, and broker-dealers, and he has written for the Bloomberg BNA Criminal Law Reporter on Fifth Amendment issues.

Joe’s knowledge of the law and business of real estate conveyance and finance has allowed Joe to successfully advocate on behalf of lenders and sellers in a variety of matters. Joe was part of a trial team that secured a full victory on behalf of a Brooklyn mixed-use building owner against a purported buyer that alleged the owner had entered into a contract to sell the property for $30 million, allowing the building owner to sell to a third party at a higher price; secured summary judgment on behalf of a lender on a $30.8 million guaranty for the purchase of a mine; and has provided litigation counsel to real estate investment and asset management companies in mezzanine financings and restructurings.

Joe is a member of Haynes and Boone’s diversity committee where he focuses on creating a more diverse legal profession. When not practicing law, Joe can likely be found fervently following college basketball or playing with his Westie.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, for Intellectual Property Litigation, 2017


Super Lawyers

New York Super Lawyers Recognizes 16 From Haynes and Boone

Sixteen Haynes and Boone lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in New York’s 2017 Super Lawyers directory. The awards are based on peer recognition and professional achievements. Of those nominated, only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.

Published by Thomson Reuters in September 2017

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