Lawrence is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where he studied English and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After graduating, his first writing job was as a staff writer on the short-lived ABC sitcom Billy. He briefly wrote for Boy Meets World, Friends and The Nanny. In 1996, he wrote for the short-lived sitcom Champs. Lawrence's first show as creator was the ABC multi-camera sitcom Spin City, co-created with Champs creator Gary David Goldberg, which originally starred Michael J. Fox as a deputy mayor of New York City. The show lasted for six seasons and won a Primetime Emmy Award and four Golden Globes. He went on to create the single-camera sitcom Scrubs, which followed the lives of hospital staff. The show premiered in 2001 and ran for 9 seasons in total, 7 on NBC and 2 on ABC. Lawrence wrote, produced and directed the series. The show received critical acclaim as well as 17 Emmy nominations. His next project was co-creating the 2002 animated sitcomClone High for MTV with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The show lasted a single 13 episode season. In 2005, Lawrence co-created the failed The WB pilot Nobody's Watching with Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan. Lawrence was preparing for his film-directing debut with the film Fletch Won, a prequel to the previous Fletch films, but ultimately left the project after Scrubs star Zach Braff exited the project. Lawrence co-created the single-camera sitcom Cougar Town, which premiered in 2009 on ABC, with Kevin Biegel. The show is executive produced by series star Courteney Cox and her then-husband David Arquette. Courteney Cox had been a guest star on Lawrence's previous sitcom Scrubs. The show ran from 2009-12 on ABC, then moved to TBS in 2013. In 2013, Lawrence was involved with three shows that made it to series. He co-created and executive produces the TBS sitcom Ground Floor with Greg Malins. He is also an executive producer of the Fox sitcom Surviving Jack and the NBC sitcom Undateable. After running two seasons, Ground Floor was cancelled. In 2014, Lawrence and four other cast members from Undateable did a standup comedy tour to promote the show. Undateable was cancelled in 2016 after three seasons. Lawrence wrote a script for the Rush Hour TV series, though it was ultimately canceled, after a single season. In 2017, Lawrence started developing a new multi-camera comedy series called Spaced Out, the show will be set in the world of commercial space travel. Lawrence is an Executive Producer for Whiskey Cavalier, described as an action dramedy starring Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan, which was ordered to series at ABC but canceled after 10 episodes.
His first wife was television actressMegyn Price. Lawrence married actress Christa Miller in 1999. They have three children together. Miller has been cast in Lawrence projects Scrubs, Clone High and Cougar Town. Lawrence is the great-great grandson of Sarah and William Van Duzer Lawrence, whose home became Sarah Lawrence College. On July 21, 2017, Lawrence was involved in a plane crash on the East River in New York City with his family. Everyone aboard survived unscathed.
*worked on show
* Produced by ABC Studios and written by Lawrence and Kevin Biegel