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Famous Lawyers from Sri Lanka

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List of notable or famous lawyers from Sri Lanka, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in Sri Lanka and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to Sri Lanka. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Sri Lankan lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from Sri Lanka is included when available.

People here include everything from Gamini Dissanayake to Lakshman Kadirgamar.

This historic lawyers from Sri Lanka list can help answer the questions "Who are some Sri Lankan lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from Sri Lanka?" These prominent lawyers of Sri Lanka may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Sri Lankan lawyers.

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  • Ahmed Hussain Macan Markar (27 April 1911 - 15 July 1985) was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) lawyer, politician and philanthropist. He was a former Member of parliament and a deputy mayor of Colombo. Born to Sir Mohamed Macan Markar, he was educated at the Royal College Colombo, he gained a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Cambridge and qualified as a Barrister. Moving into politics in Macan Markar, entered the Colombo Municipal Council where he was a member for 20 years where he served as the Deputy Mayor. Later he was elected to parliament from the Kalkudah and later Batticaloa seats. A founding member of the Saracen Sports Club and founding board member of the Muslim Ladies College... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 92 (1893-1985)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
  • Anil Moonesinghe (15 February 1927 – 8 December 2002) was a Sri Lankan Trotskyist revolutionary politician and trade unionist. He became a member of parliament, a Cabinet Minister of Transport in 1964, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 1994-2000 and a diplomat. He authored several books and edited newspapers and magazines. He was chairman and general manager of a State corporation. He briefly held the honorary rank of Colonel.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1927-2002)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
  • Yapa Appuhamilage Anura Priyadharshana (known as Anura Priyadharshana Yapa born 18 January 1959) MP former Cabinet Minister of Disaster Management in 15th Parliament of Sri Lanka. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa is also the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He was also Sri Lanka's former Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and a Member of Parliament representing the Kurunegala District. He is a Lawyer by profession & was educated at Nalanda College... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: North Western Province, Eurasia, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, Kurunegala District
  • Athula Wijesinghe was the Chief Minister of North Western Province between 2002 and 2013. He is a Lawyer by profession & was educated at Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Nalanda College Colombo.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: North Western Province, Eurasia, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, Kurunegala District