Valerie L. Pawson


With broad experience in the complex nuances of today’s business environment, Valerie Pawson is a tenacious, talented, and trusted business advisor. Her practice, ranging from sophisticated multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions to the daily issues faced by companies, requires her involvement in all aspects of a client's business, including purchases, sales, leasing, financing, personnel, securities offerings, licensing, import/export, and proprietary rights. As a Lawson & Weitzen attorney for over 20 years, she has been general counsel to clients in fields as diverse as agriculture, aquaculture, computers, construction, distributors, graphic arts, high-tech, law, libraries, licensing, manufacturing, marinas, medicine, movies, music, publishing, real estate development, restaurants/bars, retail, venture capital, and travel.

Valerie knows about the range of problems faced by businesses having owned and managed her own business. With that experience, she provides her business clients with a unique perspective and knowledge-base. Trained as a trial attorney, she can effectively counsel clients who wish to avoid litigation. Her continued education and experience allow her to effectively represent clients as they adapt their businesses to today's new technology and changing environment. She is known to her many long-standing clients as a deeply engaged and genuinely talented legal counsel.

Valerie served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Eastern Region, from 1998 through 2002.

Client Recommendations:

While working with Valerie Pawson on a full range of legal services for nearly 30 years, I have found her to be insightful, available and super-resourceful. Perhaps the characteristic I value most is Valerie’s willingness and ability to connect with our interests and values such that her representation balances our mood and selfish best interest. In short, Valerie has deeply engaged, enabling us to maintain the moral high ground, speak softly yet with conviction while occasionally expressing pitch-perfect moral indignation. Valerie doesn’t guess...when she doesn’t know an answer, she finds someone qualified who does. I know of no other corporate lawyer our family would prefer to represent us.

In my over 30 years as a client of Attorney Pawson I have found her to be the consummate professional. She is courteous, tenacious, brilliant, and a genuinely talented legal problem solver who sees the big picture as well as anyone and fully understands the full range of implications for legal outcomes as they affect a client's short and long term goals.

Valerie L. Pawson, Esquire has been our primary personal and business attorney for more than forty years. During these years we have been self employed, have had various businesses, done many different real estate deals, been sued, filed suits and negotiated several different difficult settlements. Always available, sometimes at short notice, no matter what ever else she was working on, she made time for us. Over the years we became close personally and she has offered personal advice to us during the occasional crisis situations that arise in a large family. In summary, we have enormous respect for Val's intellect, experience, level headed advice and obvious professionalism in all her endeavors and we acknowledge her input in so many helpful ways over these many years.

Valerie Pawson is not only a great corporate attorney; she is also a trusted business advisor. We rely on her vast and varied, legal and business experience to point us in the right direction when facing the complex nuances of today's business environment. Her reasoned approach has saved me on several occasions from charging ahead, when her well planned response has resulted in a better long term outcome for us. I would recommend her unconditionally.

Awards & Recognition

AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale Hubbell

Representative Cases

City of Revere v. Massachusetts General Hospital, 463 U.S. 239 (1983), reversing decision at 385 Mass. 772 (1982)

Warden v. McLelland, 288 F. 3d 105 (3rd Cir. 2002)

U.S. ex rel Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community v. Pan American Management Co., 789 F. 2d 632 (8th Cir. 1986)

RGJ Associates, Inc. v. Stainsafe, Inc., 338 F. Supp. 2d 215 (D. Mass. 2004)

Caswell v. License Commission for the City of Brockton, 387 Mass. 864 (1983)

Leader v. Newman, 29 Mass. App. Ct. 1110 (1990)

Farrugia v. McConnell, 14 Mass. App. Ct. 720 (1982)

Wilfret v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Arlington, 13 Mass. App. Ct. 1106 (1982)

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Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude
Vassar College, AB
Certificate, Boston University Computer Career Programs in Networking Technology

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts (state and federal)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

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