Van Ackeren, P.S. is excited to welcome Eric Lawless as the newest member of the firm. Eric will assist clients with matters involving military law, including Court-Martials, Nonjudicial Punishment, and Administrative Separations.
Attorney Eric Lawless is committed to protecting the rights of servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Eric began his military career by enlisting in the Army Reserve just a few days after Desert Storm. He completed basic training and advanced individual training shortly after finishing high school. He then enrolled at The Ohio State University where he completed Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. After completing Infantry Officer Basic, Airborne School, and Ranger School, he served his platoon leader time in Germany with the Blue Spaders, 1-26 Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.
From there, Eric left the active Army, temporarily, to attend law school at Seattle University School of Law. During his time in law school, Eric served in the Washington Army National Guard. He also worked for the law firm of Rovang, Fong, and Associates doing criminal defense as a Rule 9 intern. In 2003, Eric took a leave of absence from law school to deploy to Iraq as the Commander of C Company, 1-161 Infantry. After a yearlong deployment, Eric returned to Seattle University and completed his law degree in 2005.
Upon graduation, Eric returned to the Active Army and deployed to Iraq for a 15-month tour as the Commander of D Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. When he returned to Alaska, Eric joined the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and began his career as an Army lawyer prosecuting cases at Summary, Special, and General Courts-Martial. He has served as Chief of Military Justice at the United States Military Academy. Most recently, he was a Brigade Judge Advocate for 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and then the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade. During his time as a BJA, he worked extensively on Administrative Separations, Non-Judicial punishment, and Courts-Martial.
Eric retired from the Army in 2019 after 28 years of military service—including 11 years as a Judge Advocate. He is very excited to join the firm of Van Ackeren, PS so that he can use his military experience to seek justice for his fellow service members, veterans, and their families. When not at work, Eric can be found supporting veterans through active participation in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Motorcycle Rider’s Group. Eric enjoys spending his time off with his family.