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Michael F. Lyon

E-mail MeMichael F. Lyon

Cincinnati, Ohio
866-855-5404 (Toll free)

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Notre Dame High School after which I entered Xavier University in 1965, graduating in 1969 with a B. A. Degree in Philosophy. I entered Salmon P. Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University, graduating in 1975 and after passing the bar, began private practice with a small law firm by the name of Meckley & Meckley. In January of 1976, I tried my first civil jury trial to verdict and in my first 3 years of practice, I tried approximately 40 criminal and civil jury trials.  I then started a firm with Warren Ritchey and Tom Keating with whom I practiced until 1985 when I joined the law firm of Lindhorst & Dreidame where I presently am a partner.

I specialize in medical malpractice defense and I have tried approximately 200 medical malpractice jury trials in 36 years in probably 15 different cities in Ohio and Kentucky.  I live in Cincinnati with my wife, Jacki, an English Professor at Xavier University, and our daughters, Grace and Margo. I have 4 other children, Joseph, an attorney who has his own law firm here in Cincinnati, The Lyon Firm, Maggie lives in Denver, Colorado and teaches, Matthew lives in Shanghai, China, and works for a Cincinnati company, and Zachary who is in his second year at The Ohio State University Law School.

I am a member of the International Society of Barristers and a Diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates having tried at least 100 civil jury trials to verdict. I have been elected to Ohio Super Lawyers every years since 2004 and have been elected to the Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati for 2012.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense of Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: English and Philosophy

Representative Clients

  • Medical Protective of Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Preferred Professional Insurance Corp., Omaha, NE

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2012
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers of Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 1990 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1995 - Present
Office Location

Lindhorst & Dreidame Co., L.P.A.
312 Walnut Street, Suite 3100
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-223-3967
Toll-free: 866-855-5404
Fax: 513-421-0212

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