Denis J. Lawler - Archer & Greiner, P.C.

Denis J. Lawler

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 215-963-3300

Denis Lawler has spent his entire career trying cases. Most recently, those matters have involved:

  • the defense in arbitration of a supplier who had terminated a long-term supply contract on the grounds of impossibility, resulting in a defense verdict and the award of $1,000,000 in attorneys’ fees under a fee-shifting provision in the contract involved;
  • the defense of a seller of a business against claims of breach of warranties and representations in the sale; the liability phase had been lost by predecessor counsel; in the trial of the damages phase, plaintiff’s $30,000,000 claim based on an economist’s report was thrown out, resulting in a minimal award, which in turn led to a filing by the plaintiffs of new actions in federal court under RICO; and most recently,
  • the defense of corporate fiduciaries in trust matters before Pennsylvania Orphans’ Courts.

Saint Joseph's UniversityBA Villanova University School of LawJ.D.

Case History

Commonwealth v. NorrisCommonwealth v. Norris, No. 262, Jan. Term, 1974 (C.P. Montg. Co., Pa., Vogel, J.) – defense of first degree murder charge in jury trial
Commonwealth v. NapperCommonwealth v. Napper, 254 Pa. Super. 54, 385 A.2d 521 (1978) – first case in Pennsylvania to hold that defense counsel could be inadequate for failing to advise his client to accept a proposed plea agreement
ECDC Envtl. L.C. v. United StatesECDC Envtl. L.C. v. United States, 40 Fed. Cl. 236, 1998 U.S. Claim LEXIS 12, 42 Cont. Cas. Fed. (CCH) P77,250 (Ct. of Fed. Cl., Futey, J., Jan. 30, 1998) – $185,000,000 government contract dispute
Night Vision Cases — Night Vision cases – DRS Newco III, Inc., n/k/a Night Vision Systems, Inc., a DRS Technologies Company v. Night Vision Equipment Company  Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 2006-C-3878 (C.P. Lehigh Co., Pa.); Night Vision Systems, LLC v. Night Vision Depot, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 07-4808; and Night Vision Systems, LLC, DRS Technologies, Inc. v. Night Vision Depot, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 08-5785 (U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. Pa.) – defense of multiple related actions in state and federal court; Mr. Lawler entered the case after liability phase had been lost; he convinced trial judge in damages phase to reject economist's testimony, basis for plaintiff's $28 million claim; then convinced trial judge on post-trial motions that he had erred in initially deciding that Mr. Lawler's client had forfeited its right to such payments (approximately $11 million) (2008-2010)
Fabricator v. Supplier

Fabricator v. Supplier under long-term supply agreement (2007). Defense verdict in confidential arbitration of $4.3 million claim; plus positive award in full of $300,000 counterclaim; and award of $1.0 million in attorney's fees and costs as prevailing party.

Office Location

One Liberty Place, 32nd Floor
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation