James P. Lyons graduated with honors, in the top 5% of his class, from Widener University School of Law in 1987. In that same year, he began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. He was recognized as a superior trial attorney and soon was assigned to prosecute exclusively serious, violent crimes.
In 1992, Mr. Lyons entered private practice. He has concentrated almost exclusively on criminal defense for the past 23 years, handling matters ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder. No criminal defense attorney in the Delaware Valley has more courtroom experience than James P. Lyons. Approaching 1,000 jury trials, and over 2,500 Not Guilty verdicts, Mr. Lyons has unmatched experience and expertise. He has established personal relationships with Court Staff, District Attorneys, and Law Enforcement personnel to effectively advocate for those accused of a crime.
Mr. Lyons, having already been designated as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's in Pennslyvania recently was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Attorney's in the entire country.
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I highly endorse James Lyons in the area of Criminal Defense. As an ADA I went against Mr. Lyons in a number of matters and found him to be compelling in court and very strong on the legal issues. Jim is well-liked and respected by the bench. Now, as a defense attorney, I have found Jim to be a respectful and intelligent attorney who gets very good results for his clients.
Nicholas Reifsnyder Criminal Defense Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a dedicated attorney and always does a professional job in every matter he approaches. His litigation skills are superior and his work is outstanding. He always goes far beyond what is expected in his representation of clients and I would highly recommend his office for anyone considering retaining him.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Lawyers||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|"Top Gun" Award||"Top Gun" School in Houston, Texas||1990|
|Owner||Law Offices of James P. Lyons, Esquire||2002 - Present|
|Partner||Powell, Minehart, & Lyons||1994 - 2002|
|District Attorney||Philadelphia District Attorney's Office||1988 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The American Society of Legal Advocates||Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's of Pennslyvania||2014 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Top 100 Trial Lawyers||2014 - Present|
|Commonwealth v. Moore||Motion to Suppress Granted|
|Commonwealth v. Sayers||Not Guilty Jury Verdict|
|Commonwealth v. Harrell||Not Guilty Jury Verdict|
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|Widener University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|