Donald P. Lawless

Member Spotlight

Donald P. Lawless, Partner — Barnes & Thornburg LLP Grand Rapids

MY BUSINESS ... MYSELF

As a private practice attorney, I represent employers on a broad range of labor and employment matters. Eight years ago, I joined the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg after 23 years of practice with another local law firm. Barnes & Thornburg shares my Midwestern values.

GREATEST CHALLENGE

At a time when employers are challenged to provide flexibility to employees, but must be flexible for their business to succeed, the federal government is doubling down on applying regressive interpretations of decades-old statutory schemes that contradict the dynamic forces that are moving the economy forward. 

GREATEST OPPORTUNITY

My eight years with Barnes & Thornburg have been great for my clients - both large and small - in terms of what we can offer them: depth of experience, resources, responsiveness, as well as a geographic footprint in 13 offices across the US.

WHY I BELONG TO THE CHAMBER

The Chamber provides me an opportunity to directly shape events that make our state stronger. I am proud to have been elected in January 2016 to the Chamber Board. I have been a member of the Chamber's Health & Human Resource Committee for nine years and have chaired it for the last four. Participation at the committee and board level enriches my professional life with the opportunity to work with leaders who share my interest in job creation and business growth in Michigan.