Grand Rapids Personal Injury Attorney Brian Lawson

“I have worked both as a defense attorney and a plaintiff’s attorney, and over 30 years, I have come to realize that some of us are just built to pull for the underdog. The world isn’t always fair, but I and the people of this firm share a desire to even the playing field against multibillion-dollar insurance companies and corporations, and the law is the tool we use to accomplish that.” – Brian Lawson

Brian K. Lawson

Brian Lawson joined the Sinas Dramis Law Firm’s Grand Rapids office in 2022 and has practiced law in West Michigan for over 30 years, including extended stints with the respected boutique litigation firm Drew, Cooper, and Anding, where he was a partner, and Rhoades McKee, where he was an equity partner and where he served as Litigation Group Chair. Brian graduated from Franklin College (summa cum laude) with a degree in English in 1989, and from Indiana University School of Law (cum laude) in 1992. His practice has, from the beginning, revolved around all areas of personal injury law, including product liability, trucking accidents, gas fires and explosions, construction site injuries, nursing home abuse and neglect, and auto/no-fault law. Brian has secured significant resolutions for his clients through trials, arbitrations, mediations, and settlements. Brian’s clients have reviewed his work as restoring their faith in attorneys:

“Attorney Brian Lawson is honorable, intelligent, and he conducts his cases with the highest level of integrity. I was fortunate to have Brian walk alongside me during the most horrific time of my life. Throughout the case Brian worked meticulously at gathering every bit of information. Brian had endless patience explaining the process and keeping me well informed. The work Brian did greatly impacted my life. That impact continues to resonate in my life and the lives of my family. There are not adequate words to express my gratitude.” – Sue

Brian served on the board for the Young Lawyers section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and later as a Trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar. He also served on the board for the Grand Rapids Bar’s Foundation committee. Brian has been a speaker at the Michigan Association for Justice’s annual meeting addressing the topic of jury selection and has volunteered in various capacities in the community, including serving as a youth soccer coach, serving as a mentor for his son’s robotics team, acting as block captain for his Ottawa Hills neighborhood, volunteering for Special Olympics and Meals on Wheels, and helping to raise money for the local Cystic Fibrosis fundraising drive.

Brian lives in the Cascade area with his wife, Valeri, and together they have two kids, Bennett, who lives in Los Angeles, and Anna, who is a student at Michigan State.

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Connect with Brian Lawson

Email: Brianlawson@sinasdramis.com
Phone: 616-301-3333
Toll Free: 866-758-0031


Franklin College, B.A. English, (1989) summa cum laude
Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. (1992) cum laude


USDC Western District of Michigan
USDC Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Associations

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Justice
  • GRBA Inns of Court Founding Member
  • GRBA Board of Trustees
  • GRBAFoundation Committee
  • GRBA Young Lawyers Board
  • Citizens for Better Care, Board of Directors

Some of Brian’s Notable Results

  • $2,000,000 – Settlement for the wrongful death of a man killed when the wind blew shut the door of a shipping container/outdoor bar, crushing him against the bar counter.
  • $1,400,000 million verdict for mild closed head injury
  • $1,400,000 million settlement for propane explosion/burn injuries
  • $1,390,000 million settlement for death caused by a semi-tractor trailer
  • $1,000,000 million settlement for highway death caused by a semi-tractor trailer
  • $900,000 settlement for man injured in a t-bone auto collision
  • $875,000 Settlement on behalf of a woman who injured her back as a result of a fall caused by a faulty hand-rail.
  • $750,000 settlement for motorcyclist injured by a drunk driver
  • $115,000 verdict for motorist after insurance company offer of $250.00

Awards & Recognition

  • Leading Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers of America

Speaking Engagements

“Purchasing Michigan Auto No-Fault Insurance”, September 2023

“The Nuts and Bolts of No-Fault Practice”, Michigan Association of Justice, January 2023

“Michigan First-Party No-Fault Issues”, March 2001

“Jury Selection and Trial Tactics in Highly Conservative Areas”, presented to the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now MAJ) at the 2000 Annual Meeting


“A Solvency Perspective: Concerns of Insurance Carriers in Dealing with Lloyd’s and the London Market”, Coverage, p. 19, May/June 1994

Co-drafted White Paper on Proposed “Loser Pay” legislation for a special subcommittee of the State Bar of Michigan.

Brian Lawson Leading Lawyer Badge 2024