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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.


Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicholas James Reifsnyder

    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
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Thomas G. Egner

    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.


    Thomas Egner Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James P. Lyons, P.C.

701 Limekiln Pk Ste 200
Maple Glen, PA, 19002


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
"Top Gun" Award"Top Gun" School in Houston, Texas1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of James P. Lyons, Esquire2002 - Present
PartnerPowell, Minehart, & Lyons1994 - 2002
District AttorneyPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office1988 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American Society of Legal AdvocatesTop 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's of Pennslyvania2014 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 100 Trial Lawyers2014 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. MooreMotion to Suppress Granted
Commonwealth v. SayersNot Guilty Jury Verdict
Commonwealth v. HarrellNot Guilty Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987