Whitney True Lawson

Whitney True Lawson

True Guarnieri Ayer LLP

Recognized since 2021

Frankfort, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Family Law

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Whitney True Lawson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and attended Franklin County Public Schools until she graduated from Western Hills High School with a 4.0 GPA. Thereafter, she attended Transylvania University and graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in German. While at Transylvania University, she was an active member of her sorority, Phi Mu. Between her junior and senior year at Transylvania University, she interned with former United States Representative, A.B. Chandler, in his Washington, D.C. office. Witnessing the legislative process up-close encouraged her to pursue a law degree.

After Transylvania University, she attended the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) While studying at University of Louisville, Whitney was a member of University of Louisville Law Review and University of Louisville Moot Court Board. She participated in a number of moot court competitions, including two prestigious Moot Court Competitions involving Trademark Law. She was a semi-finalist at the Pirtle-Washer Oral Argument Trademark Competition in 2011. Also, Whitney and her partner won the national Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., where they competed against law schools from across the United States.

After law school, Whitney moved to Frankfort with her husband, Philip C. Lawson, where she began practicing with the firm and her father, J. Guthrie True. Whitney specializes in cases involving state criminal law, federal criminal law, domestic relations, disability law, and administrative law. She has represented clients throughout the judicial process, including and through jury trial. Her most recent high-profile case involved her representation of Toby Curtsinger, the main defendant involved with the “Pappy-gate” case before the Franklin Circuit Court. She has also represented clients before the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Additionally, Whitney has been appointed as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which is a small panel of private lawyers appointed by the court to represent indigent clients in criminal cases before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Contact & Links
  • 124 Clinton Street
    Frankfort, KY 40601
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Transylvania University, graduated 2007
  • University of Louisville, 2011
Bar Admissions
  • Kentucky, 2011
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court - Western District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Family Law
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar


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