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Charles A. Lawler

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Charles Lawler advises clients on the issues necessary to manage a business as well as in civil and commercial litigation proceedings inducing bankruptcy, real estate, creditor’s rights, property tax, and construction matters.

Charley Lawler leverages his extensive business and legal experience to serve as an advisor and problem solver for businesses and individuals who seek to expand their opportunities and mitigate their risk.

Charley also advises his clients regarding municipal law issues, including the representation of County Treasurers in tax collection and foreclosure disputes. He has represented a number of treasurers in the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts relating to foreclosure issues.

Charley represents a number of material suppliers and subcontractors relating to the Michigan Construction Lien Act and the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act as well and has a proven track record for getting his clients paid in both in state court and in the federal bankruptcy courts.

His varied and broad experience makes Charley a valued and integral resource to his business and municipal clients.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Charley was involved in private business as both an owner and manager where he gained personal experience in identifying and resolving legal issues facing business owners. Charley’s prior business ownership provides his client’s the opportunity to engage an attorney who has real first-hand business experience and intimately understands the challenges to growth that companies have. Charley’s business experience includes lease negotiations, human resource issues, marketing, product procurement, bank negotiations, managing litigation, community relations, insurance procurement, and other issues necessary to manage a business.

Charley also proudly serves as Member-In-Charge of Clark Hill’s Lansing, Michigan office.


J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 2004
B.A., with Honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1977


Named a Leading Lawyer in Lansing by Leading Lawyers℠ (2021-2024)

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® – Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers (2020-2024)

Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award


American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Ingham County Bar Association

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan


The following opinions are among the many favorable resolutions Charley has achieved on behalf of his clients:

  • Ingham County Treasurer v. Faiek Zeineh, Court of Appeals of Michigan, 2020
  • Ingham County Treasurer v. Rigby, Court of Appeals of Michigan, 2017
  • Harbor Watch Condo Ass’n v. Emmet County Treasurer, Court of Appeals of Michigan, 2014 (published)
  • Genesee County Board of Commissioners v. Cherry, Genesee and Lapeer County Circuit Courts, 2014 (significant decision relating to county treasurer’s powers relative to their respective boards of commissioners)
  • Comfort Control Supply Co. v. Hunter (In re Hunter), United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2010 (published)
  • “The Effects of New & Proposed Legislation on Tax Foreclosure and Land Acquisition,” Michigan Association of Land Banks, March 18, 2021
  • “What’s New with Property Tax Foreclosures?” Michigan Association of County Treasurers Winter Conference, January 30, 2018
  • “Recent Trends in Tax Foreclosure,” Michigan Association of County Treasurers Summer Conference, August 8, 2017
  • “Construction Liens in Michigan: What Contractors, Suppliers and Owners Need to Know,” Building Owners Managers Association of Detroit Mega Education Day, January 19, 2017
  • “Litigation Update and a Better Auction Outcomes Note,” Michigan Association of County Treasurers, February 8, 2016
  • “Construction Liens in Michigan,” Building Owners Managers Association, January 27, 2015