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Parker E. Lawton advises businesses through a variety of legal challenges and opportunities associated with factoring, secured lending, commercial finance, corporate structuring, governmental regulation, and employment issues. His experience representing a number of companies in the finance industry, which demands deals get done quickly and closed properly, has instilled Parker with a client-centric approach to his practice. While Parker’s practice focuses on transactional representation, he has also gained substantial litigation experience.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Lawton co-managed a private equity investment company. The lessons he learned and the skills he developed from that experience have made him a better lawyer and advocate on his clients’ behalf while crafting legal solutions to business problems.

Lawton believes the need for legal services boils down to two fundamental questions: what problems need to be addressed in order to achieve a strategic goal and how to best approach the hurdles that stand in the way of accomplishing that objective. Lawton's clients are smart, tenacious and driven. They know what they want to achieve, and his role is to figure out best means to arrive at that destination. Their vision guides his practice. Making that vision a reality is what drives his work.

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association


  • Author, "New Laws Coming Into Effect for the New Year," January 14, 2022
  • Author, "Caveat Emptor in a Time of Crisis," June 25, 2022
  • Author, "Law in Need of Repeal," January 2, 2019


  • J.D., Summa Cum Laude, The John Marshall Law School, 2014
  • B.A. in Political Economy, with Honors, Tulane University, 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois (2014)


Financial Services

The CARES Act: Flexibility for Lenders

March 26, 2020

Secured Lender

The CARES Act: Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy

March 26, 2020

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