Walker R. Lawrence


Walker R. Lawrence came to Chicago from his home in Greater Denver, Colorado to attend law school in Chicago. He holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the John Marshall Law School where he was Staff Editor of the Law Review and won numerous honors including the CALI award (award for the highest grade in class) in torts, as well as a Dean's Scholarship and being on the Dean's List every semester.

During law school he clerked for two different Chicago law firms drafting legal pleadings, motions, and substantive briefs, including work on an important Fair Labor Standards Act Appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Walker's clerkship experience included work on real estate, insurance, and employment matters which eventually brought him to Maduff & Maduff upon his graduation from law school.

Walker holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music magna cum laude from the University of Denver and is an accomplished trombone performer. His awards on college were no less than those in law school including membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and the Golden Key Honor Society as well as being a Provost Scholar.

While his first love was music (in fact he was President of the University of Denver Pep Band), Walker's interests and experience are far more than wide ranging. Being a coffee and wine enthusiast, Walker had a past life in the wine importing industry where he gained not only an in depth understanding of the world's vineyards and wine regions, but the problems he encountered in international marketing, trade, and shipping of perishables.

Upon joining Maduff & Maduff, Walker jumped directly into several demanding cases. He has been the primary attorney handling an extremely complex Executive Severance Arbitration and has been very active in several large collective wage actions under the FLSA in addition to work on discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, and police misconduct cases. Walker has successfully negotiated several complex severance agreements that have resulted in significant compensation for his clients. Like other attorneys at Maduff & Maduff, Walker has worked on cases in several other states including Texas, Ohio and Indiana.

Walker has been featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine discussing the use of social media for lawyers and has given multiple presentations on topics in employment law.


John Marshall Law School, J.D.; magna cum laude; honors include CALI award, Dean's Scholarship, Dean's List

Bar Memberships:

Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association

Court Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court



US Court of Appeals:

7th Circuit

Federal Trial Courts:

• Supreme Court of Illinois
• Southern District of Illinois
• Northern District of Illinois
• Northern District of Indiana
• Western District of Texas