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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|BV Rated (4.4/5.0)||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|Centnnial Scholaship||Seton Hall University School of Law||1989|
|Rose Memorial Scholarship||Drew University||1985|
|Of Counsel||Hill Wallack, LLP||2002 - 2003|
|Mediator in the Mediation Pilot Program||Mediator, State of New Jersey||2000 - 2003|
|Associate||Archer & Greiner, PC||1997 - 2002|
|Associate||Lynch Martin Philibosian Chansky FItzgerald and Kane||1993 - 1997|
|Judicial Law Clerk||The Honorable Edmund R. Bernhard, J.S.C.||1992 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning||Attended 47th Annual Program, January 14-18, 2013||2013 - Present|
|National Lesbian and Gay Law Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia||Member||1993 - Present|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington Square West Civic Association||Board of Directors||2008 - 2010|
|Mazzoni Center||Board of Directors||2003 - 2010|
|Jimmy Schlier, et al. v. Capt. John Rice, et al.||Two Trials in Federal court. $4 million settlement.|
|Kerrick v. Standard-Speaker||Jury verdict $305,000.|
|Hill v. Algor||Defense Verdict|
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|Pocono Record||Pocono Township Commissioner Sues Township Again||2016|
|Philadelphia Inquirer||"Towing company sues over Monroe's approved list"||2014|
|NJ.com||"Monroe towing company's lawsuit claims township not enforcing regulations"||2014|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Phila. Judge Denies Life Insurance Benefits to Same-Sex Former Partner||2014|
|Judge Simandle Decision on Motion to Amend Complaint||Simmermon 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 Lawsuit||2013|
|Courier Post||Towing Suit Can Roll||2012|
|Justicia||Simmermon, et al. v. Gabbianelli, et al.||2012|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Largest Awards & Settlements in PA||2010|
|Tow Times||Four Million Dollar Settlement||2010|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Top 50 Verdicts and Settlements||2009|
|Pocono Record||Ex-M. Smithfield super must pay $125,000 in land dispute||2008|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Phila. FIrm Helps Towing Service Owner Win $3.25 Mil. Verdict||2008|
|Times Leader||Jury Awards $305,250 in Libel Lawsuit||2007|
|Judicial Decision of Michael M. Baylson, U.S.D.J.||RHI Holdings, Inc. v. HLAC, Inc, et al.||2005|
|Pocono Record||Sex Harassment Suit Against C-hill Settled for $240k||2004|
|Hill Wallack Quarterly||Another Reason to Carry Automobile Insurance in New Jersey||2003|
|Judicial Opinion, Joseph E. Irenas, U.S.D.J.||Casmay v. Chewkanes, et al.||1999|
|Seton Hall Law Review||Survey, Opinion Testimony of Expert Originally Consulted by Adversary Admitted Without Exceptional Circumstances as Non-Prejudicial||1992|
|Seton Hall Law Review||Note, Arbitration of Employment Claims Under Age Discrimination in Employment Act||1992|
|Seton Hall Legislative Journal||State Aid to Densely Populated Municipalities Act||1991|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Drew University||Political Science and Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Camden County Bar Association Mock Trial Competition||Guest Judge||1999|