Michael Lyon joined Walsh Pancio in May of 2018. With more than nine years of practice, his civil litigation practice focuses on the defense of individuals, corporations, and entities in personal injury, commercial tort, and contract cases. He also regularly practices in the areas of estate planning and drafting, contract negotiation and formation, and gaming law, with a particular emphasis on sports gambling legalization and regulation in Pennsylvania. He has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, from pleadings through trial and appeal.
Mike has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as in appellate matters in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
Mike is an active and enthusiastic member of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA). He was recently elected Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the MBA and will serve as Chair throughout 2019, and is past Chair of the MBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is a graduate of the MBA’s prestigious Leadership Academy and is a member of the MBA’s Trial Lawyers’ Section, Civil Practice Committee, and Membership Committee. He is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), where he was selected as a member of the PBA’s Bar Leadership Institute for 2017-18. He is the Vice Chair of the PBA’s Gaming Law Committee, and also serves on the PBA’s Quality of Life and Federal Practice Committees.
In his community, Mike has been a commissioner of the Montgomery Township Planning Commission since 2015. He was recently named to the Board of Directors of Manna on Main Street, a nonprofit food distribution and supply organization in Lansdale, PA. He was a founding member of CrossFit Kanna in Ambler, PA and continues as both a member and advisor of the organization. He has been an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he taught Trial Advocacy and served as coach of Villanova’s well-renowned National Trial Team. He also represents low-income tenants in landlord-tenant matters on a pro bono basis in the MBA’s EPIC (Eviction Prevention & Intervention Coalition) program.
Mike is a 2006 graduate, cum laude, of Villanova University, and a 2009 graduate, cum laude, of Villanova University School of Law. He served as Managing Editor of Research and Writing for the Villanova Law Review and was a member of the winning trial team at the Lone Star Classic in San Antonio, Texas in 2008. He received the David E. Worby Scholarship at Villanova in 2008, presented for excellence in Trial Advocacy, and was also a co-recipient of the Center for Forensic Economic Studies Excellence in Litigation Award in May of 2009.
Mike resides with his wife and two children, Trevor and Natalie, in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania. He is an avid golfer and a fan of all sports, CrossFit, travel, and history.