Judge Lawson, Bellevue, was appointed to the bench in 2013. He was born in Davenport, Iowa. He is a 1976 graduate of St. Ambrose College and obtained a law degree from Drake University in 1979. He was in private practice in Maquoketa, Iowa from 1979- 2013. He also served as a Jackson County Magistrate from 2010 until his appointment to the district court bench. He is a past board member of the Jackson County Conservation Board and the Maquoketa Area Community Foundation. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Jackson and Clinton County Bar Associations, and the Iowa Judges Association. Judge Lawson is married and has four children.