Lawton is a partner on the private client and tax team.

He focuses his practice on domestic and international tax, trust, and estate planning for high net worth individuals and their families.

He regularly advises donors with respect to planned giving structures and counsels public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations on formation, tax, and regulatory matters.
He has particular experience with advising fiduciaries in relation to the estate administration process, especially on post-mortem estate planning and charitable deduction issues.

Lawton is recognized as a "key lawyer" by The Legal 500 US in 2021 in the area of nonprofit tax.