R. Lawton Jordan
Lawton’s practice focuses on real estate and business transactions. He advises clients with respect to buying and selling real property, land use issues, leasing issues, homeowners association matters, construction agreements, and real property disputes. In addition he provides counsel regarding new business formations, corporate governance and organizational matters, mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting and negotiation, business disputes, governmental compliance, and various home office needs. Lawton frequently drafts, and negotiates on clients’ behalf, purchase and sale agreements, leases, operating agreements, and various other real estate and corporate documents. Though his practice is focused in metro Atlanta, he represents clients throughout Georgia.
Lawton is the Chair of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly the Ethics Commission), a quasi-judicial body with statewide jurisdiction over registration and disclosure compliance for state and local elected officials and lobbyists. Governor Nathan Deal appointed Lawton as the sole Democrat on the Commission in 2013. In addition, Lawton is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association, and is a past member of the executive committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar. He is also a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
From 1994-1996 Lawton served in the administration of President Bill Clinton, working in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He was the legal counsel to the minority caucus in the Georgia State Senate in 2002 and 2003. In 2003 he was selected as a “40 under 40 Rising Star” by GeorgiaTrend Magazine. In 2007 and 2009, Lawton was selected by other lawyers for inclusion as a “Rising Star” in the Georgia Super Lawyers.
A native of Augusta, Lawton graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, cum laude, with a B.A. in 1993. He received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Georgia where he served on the Journal of Intellectual Property. Lawton lives in Atlanta with his wife, Jennifer Auer Jordan, and their two children; they are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
- Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts in English and History, 1993
- University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 2000