Philip C. Lawson

Philip C. Lawson

Attorney since 2013
Frankfort, Kentucky

Philip graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Government.  While at Centre College, he was a member of the Varsity Baseball and Golf Teams while being an active member of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  After a summer internship in the Washington, D.C. office of former United States Representative, A.B. (“Ben”) Chandler, III  between his junior and senior year, Philip decided to pursue a legal education.  At the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, Philip was an active member of the Moot Court Board and UofL’s Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Team while clerking with the Louisville, Kentucky office of Landrum & Shouse, LLP in the areas of state criminal defense, federal criminal defense, and insurance defense.  Also, Philip was honored to serve as a law clerk under former Chief Judge Hon. Sara W. Combs of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Frankfort, Kentucky during law school.

After law school, Philip moved to Frankfort, Kentucky with his wife, Whitney True Lawson, and became a Trial Attorney with the Department of Public Advocacy in the Frankfort, Kentucky office.  As a Trial Attorney, Philip represented hundred’s of clients in over a thousand cases ranging from minor traffic infractions and DUI’s in District Court to serious felonies in Circuit Court.  Philip also represented clients in Juvenile Court and Family Court. 

In 2013, Philip joined the Lexington, Kentucky office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC.  During his four years in the Lexington office, Philip continued to practice extensively in state law criminal defense.  He also expanded his practice area to include federal criminal defense, insurance defense, family law, and complex civil litigation such as real estate litigation, business litigation, and administrative litigation. 

In 2017, Philip moved to the Frankfort, Kentucky office of McBrayer, McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC.  Philip continues to represent clients in state law criminal defense, federal criminal defense, insurance defense, family law, and complex civil litigation in Frankfort, Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Outside of his law practice, Philip is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky where he is a member of the Permanent Endowment Committee.   Philip is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Humane Society, where he currently serves as the Secretary of the Board.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and his one year old son (Henry), playing golf and basketball, and following University of Kentucky athletics.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Administrative

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2014


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • JD - 2011
  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    • BA - 2007
    • Major: History and Government

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Franklin County Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, Member, 2013 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Department of Public Advocacy, Trial Attorney, 2011 - 2013
  • Landrum & Shouse, L.L.P., Law Clerk, 2009 - 2010
  • Kentucky Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lexington Humane Society, Secretary
  • Central Kentucky American Inn of Court
  • First United Methodist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky – Member, Endowment Committee


  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon