Anthony N. Lawrence, III
Tony Lawrence is a lifelong resident of Pascagoula. He is the son of Anthony & Darla Lawrence of Pascagoula. He graduated from Our Lady of Victories High School in 1983. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Political Science in 1987. He attended The University of Mississippi School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor Degree in 1990. He was admitted to the practice of law that same year. He is also admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of Alabama.
Mr. Lawrence began his practice in a general litigation firm and tried civil lawsuits in both Mississippi and Alabama. He served as an Assistant District Attorney from 1996 to 1999 in the Nineteenth Circuit Court District and as a Special Prosecutor in other Circuit Court Districts in the State of Mississippi. He joined the law firm of Colingo, Williams, Heidelberg, Steinberger, & McElhaney on September 20, 1999, and practiced primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. Mr. Lawrence was elected District Attorney for Jackson, George, and Greene Counties in November 2003 and is presently serving in that position, having been reelected in 2007 and 2011.
Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Mississippi Bar, Alabama Bar, Jackson County Bar, the National District Attorneys Association, the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. He has served as Special Judge in the Jackson County Youth Court.
Mr. Lawrence has served on the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association Board of Directors for 9 years and has held the positions of Vice-President, President-Elect and President and has been co-chair of the Legislative Action Committee for the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association for the past three years. In that role, he assisted in the passage of legislation aimed at preventing child abuse (Lonnie Smith Act), obtaining degrees of murder, accessory after the fact to murder, attempted murder and the creation of more ADA positions across the state. He was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve on the Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Mr. Lawrence was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to the Judicial Appointment Governor Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Teen Pregnancy Task Force. Mr. Lawrence has been an Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Investigations at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Jackson County Campus and the University of Southern Mississippi at the Long Beach campus.
He has served as President of the Singing River Soccer Club, and was a founding officer in the Mississippi Coast Futbol Club. He coached youth sports for approximately 27 years and served as coach for the Resurrection High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team for eight years and as head coach for Resurrection Varsity Boys Soccer Team for five years. He coached Resurrection High School Mock Trial Team for over 15 years and volunteers as a Guest Lecturer in area schools. He is married to Anita Lawrence, the former Anita Williamson, and they have two children, Taylor and Bay. They attend Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church.