John S. Lawrence is a 1962 graduate of St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware. In 1966, he recieved a Bachelor of Science degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Mr. Lawrence was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, the honorary national leadership fraternity, while at Rollins College, and rowed in Henley Regatta on Thames, England in 1963.
Mr. Lawrence entered Rutgers Law School and received the degree of Juris Doctor in 1969. He was the editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law School Transcript from 1967 through 1969.
Upon graduation from Rutgers Law School, Mr. Lawrence was employed by the New Jersey General Assembly, legislative division; in 1970, he headed the U.S. Department of Interior's Legislative Department Office's parks, recreation and wilderness bureaus. In 1970, Mr. Lawrence was granted admission to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Between 1974 and 1980, Mr. Lawrence was employed by the American Medical Association, where he served as the head of the legislation office within the Association's Washington, D.C. offices.
In 1980, Mr. Lawrence entered the private practice of law in Virginia, gaining admission to the bar of the Supreme Court of Virginia in January of that same year. Since the inception of his practice in Virginia, Mr. Lawrence has been admitted to the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and pro hac vice the U.S. District Court of Maryland, Northern Division.
Mr. Lawrence was appointed by the Fairfax County Circuit Court as a Commissioner in Chancery, and continues to serve in that capacity. He is also an appointed Civil Marraige Celebrant. Mr. Lawrence has served the Fairfax Virginia Bar Association as chairman of its legal referral committee, and has served on numerous other committees. He is also a member of the Association of American Trial Lawyers.
For the past decade, John Lawrence and Ronald E. Smith have associated in the partnership Lawrence & Smith, with offices in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), Burke, Virginia. His wife Susan and he work with the youth of the church in the youth fellowship program, of which Susan is the director.