Joseph Lawless is the Senior Transportation Security Specialist for Edward Davis, LLC. Lawless was formerly the chief law enforcement and security officer for MassPort’s maritime properties located in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown. While at MassPort, Lawless was in charge of development and implementation of policing, security and emergency planning strategies for all facilities including the Boston Fish Pier, Cruiseport Boston and Conley Container Terminal.
Lawless is recognized as a security industry leader, both locally and nationally. He is a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of 22 members representing all segments of the industry and provides advice to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on matters such as national security strategy and policy, actions required to meet current and future security threats, international cooperation on security issues, and security concerns of the maritime transportation industry.
Lawless serves as the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Security Advisory Committee, a position he has held since 2009. The AAPA is the principal voice of 160 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He has testified before Congress on key issues involving port security.
Lawless created and chairs the weekly Port Security Operations meeting, a public and private security collaborative, attended by representatives of over twenty different agencies and corporations. Lawless received the 2012 International Police 9/11 Medal for Extraordinary & Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in fighting terrorism and trans-national crime from the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police.
Lawless has 37 years of law enforcement and security experience, including more than 13 years with the Massachusetts State Police Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Executive Protection units. He came to Massport in 1993 overseeing all aspects of public safety. In this role he oversaw Logan Airport-based Troop F of the Massachusetts State Police. During this time, Troop F became the first law enforcement entity accredited by the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police for their commitment to excellence.
Lawless is Board-certified as a Homeland Security Specialist by the American College of Forensic Examiners, and also serves on several national and international panels that focus on security. Lawless received his B.A. from Merrimack College located in Andover, Mass., and an M.A. from Boston University.