Paul T. Lawless serves as the managing shareholder. He joined Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore in 1997, and focuses his practice on general civil litigation, insurance defense, personal injury, commercial and business litigation, creditor’s rights/collections, and criminal defense. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lawless served as a Law Clerk for the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He assisted Circuit Judges with research, preparation of Opinions and provided similar support services as requested.

Mr. Lawless received his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1996. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1993.

practice areas

banking & finance


tort litigation


insurance defense


personal injury


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1996
      • Northern Kentucky Law Review, Student Articles Editor
      • Moot Court, Chief Justice
      • William H. Greaves Scholarship Endowment
      • Book Award, highest grade in Antitrust, Professional Responsibility, & Torts
      • Best Memorandum, Basic Legal Skills
  • University of Kentucky, B.A., 1993
    • Academic Excellence Scholarship, University of Kentucky

bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

professional associations and memberships

  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. (President)
  • Bowling Green/Warren County Bar Association (Board of Directors 2000-05; President 2004)
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

civic and community involvement

  • Bravo BG, Inc.
  • Kids on the Block, Inc.


      • Board of Directors: 2001-2005
      • President: 2004
  • Warren County Law Library


      • Trustee: 2000-2004
  • University of Kentucky Alumni Association – Warren County


      • Board of Directors: 1999-2004
      • President: 2001-03
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of Warren County (CASA)


      • Board of Directors: 1998-2001
  • Western Kentucky University


      • Instructor – Litigation and Civil Procedure: 1997-2005
  • Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce


      • Leadership Bowling Green Class of 1999
  • United Way of Southern Kentucky


      • Member of Special Gifts Committee 2001