Education: Fordham University (B.A., 1989); Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., 1993).
Practice Areas: Municipal Law and Litigation; Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice; General Corporate Counsel; Transactional Law; Tort Trial and Insurance Law.
Admitted: New York State Supreme Court, Second Department, 1994; State of Connecticut, 1994; United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1994; United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1998; United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011.
Mr. Lyons is a full-time litigator and outside general counsel to domestic and international entities, not for profit organizations, municipalities and governmental organizations. Mr. Lyons has been recognized by his peers for many years as a Super Lawyer for his work in the greater NY metropolitan area. In his more than 25 years of practice, he has litigated and tried cases at every level in local, state and federal court, appellate courts and administrative tribunals. Mr Lyons is a Director of the Westchester County Bar Association, and active in many other state and federal bar associations. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Federal and Commercial Litigation Section, serves on the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and is Chair of the NYS Constitution Simplification Committee. He is the immediate past chair of the Westchester Committee of the Federal Bar Council and serves on its Second Circuit Courts Committee. He has also served on the Southern District’s Federal Magistrate Merit Selection Panel. When not at the firm, Mr. Lyons serves as the Village Justice for the Village of Irvington, NY, where he has served since 2010, presiding over nearly one thousand criminal and civil matters each year. Judge Lyons prides himself on the care, compassion and professionalism of his Court, recognizing the Village Court is often the only opportunity many have to interact with the justice system. Judge Lyons also serves as an Accessible Magistrate in Westchester County, hearing after-hours pre-detention petitions in juvenile matters, and has served as Acting City Court Judge for the City of White Plains, Acting Town Judge for the Town of Greenburgh and Acting Village Justice in the Village of Mamaroneck. Mr. Lyons was a lead director of a publicly traded bank (SNNY)(2012-21) and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University where he teaches in the Law and Ethics area of the Gabelli School of Business. He is the author of: “Building the Pyramid: The Use of Cumulative Penalties in Municipal Code Prosecutions”, Westchester Bar Journal, Spring/Summer 2009, Vol.36 No.1 ; “The Enduring Importance of Judicial Independence”, Westchester County Bar Association, Westchester Lawyer, November, 2020; Book Review - Who Decides? States as Laboratories of Constitutional Experimentation, Jeffrey S. Sutton, Oxford University Press, 2022 - NY Litigator, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Magazine, (Vol. 27, No.1, June 2022). Mr. Lyons is involved in many charitable organizations, with a primary focus on improving opportunities for inner-city school children. As a first generation American, Mr. Lyons is also involved in several organizations that seek to strengthen the cultural and business ties between the United States and the Republic of Ireland. An avid reader and runner, Mr. Lyons resides in the Village of Irvington with his wife Kerry and their five children where he has coached Little League baseball, CYO basketball and youth lacrosse. He is actively involved in his local community where he was recently awarded the Dave Wade Heart of Gold Award by Abbott House, a not-for-profit that serves families with complex needs.