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Theresa Ann Lyons

also known as Terry

About me

Terry has a Master's degree in Social Work as well as a law degree and, because of that, we run a very client-centered practice.


Terry graduated from Rutgers School of Law with High Honors. She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Ms. Lyons enjoyed a judicial clerkship with The Honorable Peter G. Verniero, a now-retired Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey’s highest state court. Ms. Lyons has authored and published numerous articles on a wide variety of topics like family law, the admissibility of expert testimony in federal courts, and free speech on the Internet.


In addition to practicing matrimonial law and being a founding member of the firm, Ms. Lyons served as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Social Work in New Brunswick where she has taught, “Law and Social Work,” a course dedicated to informing social work students about the law, including the parameters of client confidentialities, how to respond to subpoenas, and how to testify in court. In her personal life, Ms. Lyons is a foster and adoptive parent to New Jersey’s abused and neglected children, and she has ongoing contact with the courts and the Division of Youth and Family Services in that regard.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    2 years
  2. Child Support: 20%
    2 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    2 years
  4. Child Custody: 20%
    2 years
  5. Prenuptials: 10%
    2 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert John Rudy III

    Terry is an excellent attorney who is a passionate advocate and is dedicated to serving her client's needs.


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  • Eric J Marcy

    Ms. Lyons is a consummate professional who cares deeply for and works tirelessly for her clients. She is a great advocate with a big heart.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
#1 National Best Seller in CategoryAmazon.com2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Notable Networking AwardBNI Patriots Chapter2010
Rising StarSuperLawyers2009
Rising StarSuperLawyers2008
Partners in HopePartners for Women and Justice2007
Rising StarSuperLawyers2007
Rising StarSuperLawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLyons & Associates, P.C.2010 - Present
Managing PartnerHeer & Lyons LLP2004 - 2009
AssociateDrinker Biddle & Reath2002 - 2004
Law Clerk to Honorable Peter G. Verniero, Associate JusticeNew Jersey Supreme Court2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Somerset County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Shah v. Shah, 184 N.J. 125 (2005).Inter-State Victim Protected
Major v. MaguireArgued before NJ Supreme Court and Decision Pending
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Publication nameTitleDate
PanAm BooksSticks and Stones, Life Lessons From a Lawyer2015
Yahoo FinanceIn Wake of Ashley Madison Hack, Veteran Matrimonial Lawyer Tells How to Respond to Cheating2015
Seton Hall Legislative JournalWhen Reasonable Efforts Hurt Victims of Abuse: Five Years of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 19972002
Rutgers Journal of Law and ReligionScientology or Censorship: You Decide: An Examination of the Church of Scientology, Its Recent Battles with Individual Internet Users and Service Providers, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Implications for Free Speech on the Web.2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - CamdenLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Rutgers Graduate School of Social WorkSocial WorkMaster's of Social Work2001
Montclair State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Media and EthicsSocial Media & Ethics2015
Bert BaronAshley Madison Scandal2015