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Founded in 1972, Lyman & Ash has a history of protecting the rights of individuals, with trial and appellate experience at all levels, and has helped shape the law through published court decisions.


Our firm has represented a range of clients, including public corporations, business owners, investors, former judges, restaurant and hotel workers, school children, and victims of police misconduct, in a variety of matters, including constitutional, employment, and LGBT rights, personal injury, finance and estates.

Beginning with its founding partners, Cletus Lyman and the late Richard Ash, the firm handles a small volume of cases and preserves a moderate size to provide a more personal approach and take on challenging and novel cases.


Attorneys have appeared pro hac vice in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island.


Areas of Practice

Constitutional Law

The firm has represented a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, a former United States Bankruptcy Judge, college professors, real estate developers, public school children, prisoners, a township supervisor and township zoning officer, a state park superintendent, a police officer, and victims of police abuse. Claims have included violations of rights of freedom of speech, freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances, freedom from unreasonable searches and excessive force, due process of law, and equal protection of laws. The firm represented a towing company and its owner, who sued officials of the Pennsylvania State Police for retaliation and won a $3.25 million verdict. The case settled for $4 million after a series of post-trial rulings, including a reduction of the verdict and award of counsel fees.


Employment Law

The firm has represented private employees in individual and class actions, including under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and Title VII, and public employees including under the Constitution and civil service statutes and regulations.


Corporate Law

The firm has represented minority shareholders in class actions and derivative actions and principals in disputes in closely held corporations.  In 2011, the firm and co-counsel won a $47 million settlement.


LGBT Rights

The firm has over thirty years experience in representing members of the LGBT community in family law, employment, and business matters in this rapidly evolving area. Attorneys Fettner and Sweeney handle divorces for members of New Jersey civil unions.


Personal Injury

The firm has represented victims of negligence, including the widow of a taxi driver, who won a $5.75 million verdict against a transportation management company that failed to provide adequate means to insure the safety of taxi drivers at an international airport.


Complex Litigation

Other cases have involved price-fixing conspiracies (steel industry, advertising industry), corrupt practices, and unraveling a fraud-conspiracy including a multinational company in a post divorce case.


General Practice

The firm prepares wills, organizes corporations and limited liability companies, advises small businesses, and represents buyers and sellers in real estate transactions.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 25%
  2. Constitutional: 20%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%
  4. Business: 5%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($325-600/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Jeffrey E Goldman

    I endorse this lawyer. i worked with him on various matters over the years and he has an excellent grasp of the law and legal proceedings. I would definitely recommend his services.


    Jeffrey Goldman Employment & Labor Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Lyman & Ash

1612 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV Rated (4.4/5.0)Martindale-Hubbell2002
Centnnial ScholashipSeton Hall University School of Law1989
Rose Memorial ScholarshipDrew University1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselHill Wallack, LLP2002 - 2003
Mediator in the Mediation Pilot ProgramMediator, State of New Jersey2000 - 2003
AssociateArcher & Greiner, PC1997 - 2002
AssociateLynch Martin Philibosian Chansky FItzgerald and Kane1993 - 1997
Judicial Law ClerkThe Honorable Edmund R. Bernhard, J.S.C.1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Heckerling Institute on Estate PlanningAttended 47th Annual Program, January 14-18, 20132013 - Present
National Lesbian and Gay Law AssociationMember2011 - Present
Washington Square West Civic AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - 2010
Mazzoni CenterBoard of Directors2003 - 2010
Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of PhiladelphiaMember1993 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jimmy Schlier, et al. v. Capt. John Rice, et al.Two Trials in Federal court. $4 million settlement.
Kerrick v. Standard-SpeakerJury verdict $305,000.
Hill v. AlgorDefense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Philadelphia Inquirer"Towing company sues over Monroe's approved list"2014"Monroe towing company's lawsuit claims township not enforcing regulations"2014
The Legal IntelligencerPhila. Judge Denies Life Insurance Benefits to Same-Sex Former Partner2014
Judge Simandle Decision on Motion to Amend ComplaintSimmermon v. Gabbianelli, et al.2013
Justicia-Decision of Judge Cott on Summary Judgment (NY Labor/Employment)Martinez, et al. v. Hilton Hotels, et al.2013
Courier Post$1 Million Settlement in Monroe Lawsuit2013
Courier PostTowing Suit Can Roll2012
JusticiaSimmermon, et al. v. Gabbianelli, et al.2012
The Legal IntelligencerLargest Awards & Settlements in PA2010
Tow TimesFour Million Dollar Settlement2010
The Legal IntelligencerTop 50 Verdicts and Settlements2009
Pocono RecordEx-M. Smithfield super must pay $125,000 in land dispute2008
The Legal IntelligencerPhila. FIrm Helps Towing Service Owner Win $3.25 Mil. Verdict2008
Times LeaderJury Awards $305,250 in Libel Lawsuit2007
Judicial Decision of Michael M. Baylson, U.S.D.J.RHI Holdings, Inc. v. HLAC, Inc, et al.2005
Pocono RecordSex Harassment Suit Against C-hill Settled for $240k2004
Hill Wallack QuarterlyAnother Reason to Carry Automobile Insurance in New Jersey2003
Judicial Opinion, Joseph E. Irenas, U.S.D.J.Casmay v. Chewkanes, et al.1999
Seton Hall Law ReviewSurvey, Opinion Testimony of Expert Originally Consulted by Adversary Admitted Without Exceptional Circumstances as Non-Prejudicial1992
Seton Hall Law ReviewNote, Arbitration of Employment Claims Under Age Discrimination in Employment Act1992
Seton Hall Legislative JournalState Aid to Densely Populated Municipalities Act1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Drew UniversityPolitical Science and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Camden County Bar Association Mock Trial CompetitionGuest Judge1999