Lawson was named the interim city attorney on Aug. 2 and officially stepped into the role on Aug. 23, succeeding former city attorney Overtis Brantley.
Prior to assuming the role, Lawson worked in civil ligation for Lord, Bissell and Brook, LLP, where she had contact with various municipalities throughout metro Atlanta, along with serving as outside counsel for the Civil Service Board.
It was her familiarity with the city’s residents and staff that prompted her to apply for the position.
“I have served as outside counsel for the Civil Service Board for the past four years,” she said. “I was familiar with the city and had a good working relationship with those who I had worked with in the past.”
Through Lawson’s past experiences, it became abundantly clear that she wanted to move in a different direction for her career.
“One of my goals has always been to do some public service-related law,” she said. “I saw this as an opportunity to address the needs of the residents of the city of East Point.”
Lawson, a Vanderbilt Law School graduate and owner of a private firm, sees the future as a period of promise for city leadership.
“I know that there have been a lot of changes going on within the city administration,” she said. “We have a lot of people serving in interim positions. This is a time for new leadership to be coming in.”