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Michael F. Lyon

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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 Mechley & Mechley. 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 have tried approximately 200 medical malpractice jury trials in 36 years in 15 different cities in Ohio and Kentucky.  I live in Cincinnati with my wife, Jacki, an English Professor at Xavier University. I have four children: Joseph Michael, an attorney who has his own law firm here in Cincinnati, The Lyon Firm; Margaret Catherine, an English teacher who lives in Maine; Matthew, a journalist and writer who lives in South Vietnam; and Zachary James, an attorney with the law firm of Arnold, Todaro & Welch in Columbus, Ohio.

I have been elected by Super Lawyers every year since 2004; have been elected to the Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati since 2012, and the top 100 Lawyers in Ohio since 2012.

Representative Clients

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

Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 1990 to Present
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1995 to Present


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

Practice Areas:

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


  • 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

Bar Admissions

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