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Edward Mclean Lyman III

Civil rights Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Edward Lyman

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About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    Fearless representation of individuals against government and private entities involved in corruption, deprivation of civil and human rights, police misconduct, unreasonable search and seizure, and discrimination.

    16 years, 300 cases

  2. Family
    Trial and appeal of complex high net worth, high stakes dissolution of marriage, domestic partnership, parentage, child custody, spousal support, and domestic violence issues.

    8 years, 50 cases

Edward M. Lyman is a litigation, trial, and appellate attorney in Los Angeles, California. His legal practice focuses on protecting individual rights against governmental and business entities that engage in discrimination, deprivation of fundamental civil and human rights, and corruption. 

Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/30/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Liv | June 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Lyman was our LIFE savior - very smart, if he takes your case, he takes it Very personally and DO CARE FOR YOU with all his heart, unlike other attorneys. He deeply care for you as client, He is SUPER HONEST, very reliable, careful, always on time, knowledgeable and resourceful, easy to work with, non judgmental, make you feel comfortable and Do his best to help you with issues, has Great people Skills and very likable . Always been there for us when we needed him. I would Highly recommend him, before we met Mr Lyman 6 attorney fail us with our cases. I would not know what would we do if we haven't found THIS amazing Professional And just Wonderful HUMAN BEING As Edward Mclean Lyman III - SUPER ATTORNEY.
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Posted by Bahar | August 7, 2020
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Review for Mr Lyman
Mr Lyman is a top family attorney, he’s litigator and he also can handle complex appeals . He’s very knowledgeable, honest , hardworking, very ethical and very reasonable and he’s easy to work with. Unlike many other attorneys out there Mr Lyman focuses in getting results instead of just creating billing hours. I strongly recommend Mr Lyman. I’m a single mother and He helped me and my children in several family matters and we had great outcome.
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Posted by Hana | March 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
My divorce case was quite unique and difficult due to the nature of the circumstances. However, Mr. Lyman and his team were always helpful and available to help me through each step of the process. I never felt misguided in any way and fully trusted his legal advice. I am now happily divorced and eternally grateful.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent strategist, meticulous and professional
I retained Ed to defend me against false allegations in a Domestic Violence trial, actually stemming from a real-estate dispute with my ex-fiance. Ed is friendly, level headed and did not allow the other party to bully or intimidate us. In the face of a challenging situation, Ed is the attorney you want in your corner. Hire him, you will be happy you did.
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Posted by Jeanene | November 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Lawyer
I hired Ed after a referral from an attorney in my home state of New Mexico, so that he could litigate a domestic partnership 'divorce' per the laws of the State of California. He was a very good strategist, and I felt comfortable from day 1 that he had my best interests in mind. He communicated effectively, talked me off the ledge of just 'giving in' on more than one occasion, and in the long run helped me save thousands in settlement money as well as additional lawyer fees. He also has a human side and was willing to work with me on payments and didn't nickle and dime me. I hope that I never have to go through litigation again, but if I do, Ed will be my first call.
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Posted by Anutza | May 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If I could give more than 5 stars I would
Ed Lyman made himself available to me for excellent legal advice. His counsel effected my life in many positive ways. Mr. Lyman excels as a family attorney and had a great disposition. He demonstrated great compassion for my situation and was committed to exceptional representation.
Posted by Michael Raven | August 10, 2015
Outstanding Service!
Ed was extremely knowledgeable, fast, responsive, and also, to me as equally important, friendly and not aloof at all which is rare these days. He negotiated exactly what I wanted from a position of legal expertise in a professional manner. I am extremely pleased and would hire again and am very happy I trusted him.
Posted by Peter | August 7, 2015
Photography Contract
After hearing cases of photographers getting hit with ridiculous lawsuits, I figured I needed a legit contract. I’ve researched and found tons of free release forms/contracts online however most of those are pretty vague. I wanted to make sure I had something iron clad so if I ever had a case of Bridezilla my ass would be covered. Mr. Lyman constructed a beautiful 7 page contract for me. It has virtually everything covered. The great thing about the contract is that it help secured gigs for me. When clients read the immense information laid out in the contract… they felt secure in my ability to shoot their event. If you need something to review or write your contract go and contact this man.
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Posted by Denise | March 17, 2011
Leaves no stone unturned!!
My Lyman recently represented me in an age discrimination case against my former employer. I have never seen somebody who is so thorough in his research, and can in matter of seconds, during trial, look something up and get it said with great impact on case. I can truly say, that as a woman who was terrified of facing my former employer in trial, that Mr Lyman made me feel so much better and treated my case as if it was the most important case in the world. Thanks Mr. Lyman! What a true professional!!
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Posted by Angelo | December 17, 2010
Professional & Reliable
Edward Mclean Lyman III was a professional and reliable lawyer for my family. He helped us out with many problems with a lawsuit we had going on already. Very friendly and takes care of his clients. I would have to say without his knowledge it would of taken years to understand my case. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a "real" good attorney to help you out in hard times.
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Posted by Lawrence Guberman | December 17, 2010
Resourceful in the thick of battle
I could go on and on about how wonderful a litigator Ed Lyman is, and how dedicated he was to my case, but I prefer to recommend him on an action any potential client who has been through a trial can understand: Sitting next to Ed at the table during our trial, as a key witness was on the stand "fabricating" evidence against me... Ed caught on to a key piece of evidence that no one on my team had even considered, rifled through his evidence book in seconds, conferred with me, then raised an objection that the judge used to dismiss that witnesses' testimony in its entirety. I believe that moment saved the case, and that's the kind of skill that only comes from true depth of knowledge of both case law and your personal case. Ed's sharp and he's a man you want on your team.
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Posted by Jeffery | December 17, 2010
My favorite lawyer to date
Ed is by far the best we've ever used.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 525-675 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial and Appellate Attorney
  • Family Legal, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2018 - Present
  • Trial and Appellate Attorney
  • Walzer Melcher LLP
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • The Cochran Firm
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney / Research in Development
  • Fremantlemedia North America
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Edward Lyman
  • 2007 - 2014
  • General Manager/Counsel
  • Sonicwave Media, LLC
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Attorney and Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Donald Etra
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Entertainment
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Entertainment
  • Universal Studios, Inc.
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Miami
  • Undergraduate
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Smith v. Agdeppa, City of Los Angeles, 2022 WL 17999612 (9th Cir. 2022)
  • Published
  • W.M. v. V.A. (2018) B287735
  • Supersedeas granted
  • Fischer v. Fischer (2018) A148551
  • Publication ordered
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  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Plaintiff's Bar
  • 2009 - Present
  • California State Bar
  • Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Officer
  • 2004 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • National Business Institute
  • Advanced Family Law
  • 2017
  • Book Award in Civil Procedure, First in Class
  • University of Florida
  • 2004
  • Excellence in Cable Broadcasting
  • UMTV
  • 2003
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  • Entertainment Law Review
  • Distribution of Motion Pictures on the Internet
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Inns of Court Westwood
  • Alimony Deduction Repeal: Tax Cut Jobs Act
  • 2018
  • Family Law Symposium
  • Gathering electronically stored information (ESI) evidence and litigating in the digital age
  • 2017
  • Advanced Family Law: Parentage
  • Advanced Family Law: Parentage
  • 2017
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Protecting your client's life estate during divorce
  • 2016
  • The Great Debate
  • Whether Violent Video Games Should Be Banned?
  • 2011
  • Carpenters Union - Local 409
  • Employment Discirmination
  • 2010
  • The Great Debate
  • Should Animals Be Used For Experiments?
  • 2010
  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court
  • Judge
  • 2010
  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court
  • Judge
  • 2008
  • Supreme Court of Comedy
  • Legal Analyst, S2E11
  • 2008
  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court
  • Judge
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Edward
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Edward is an amazing lawyer. If you are in need of representation, I truly believe Edward would advocate your rights to the farthest extent possible and reach a favorable decision for you swiftly."
Civil rights Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I found Mr. Lyman to exhibit an extraordinary work ethic, and his talent and compassion for our client contributed to a positive result on many levels. Moreover, his friendly demeanor and compassionate personality greatly impressed the client. I would give him my highest rating."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Friend
"Ed is a great attorney. He is smart, innovative and hard-working."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lyman is a persistent and talented litigator. His professional skill is a true asset to his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Ed Lyman. He is a true professional and is passionate, caring, intelligent and dedicated to all his clients. Ed Lyman is an excellent attorney. I have worked with him on several matters and have been inspired by his tenacity, his work ethic and his skill. Ed is a superb choice for anyone seeking representation in an employment discrimination matter, a contract matter or a personal injury case."
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