Tim Lyons is a partner and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Law and Litigation Department. His work is devoted to complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on business and commercial disputes in both the state and federal courts of New Jersey. His practice includes the prosecution of civil trials and appeals, administrative hearings, arbitrations and participation in other select alternative dispute resolution programs.
Tim’s experience includes a wide range of civil and commercial specialty practice areas. He represents clients involved in commercial and business actions, and real estate liability cases. He counsels his clients for breach of contract claims and business torts, in general business and corporate contests and company divorces, including the enforcement/ dissolution of restrictive covenants, as well as dissolution claims, and shareholder actions for corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. His practice also includes representation of corporate entities and individual clients in debtor/creditor claims and arbitrated matters.
Tim has been designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, an honor bestowed on less than 2% of attorneys in New Jersey. He has also been honored as a Lifetime Member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a national honorary organization of trial lawyers. The forum’s lifetime membership is limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in the United States.
Tim is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Business and Commercial Litigation as well as the Monmouth County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Committee. He is a past member of the Richard J. Hughes American Inns of Court for trial attorneys, and has been appointed as a certified Arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey and as a Mediator by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He has served as an adjunct professor at Kean University for the instruction of advanced business courses in both contract litigation, civil litigation, and business law. He has also lectured before various professional associations and collegiate seminars on the issues of the procedures and trials of business litigation and trademark infringement suits.
Tim received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.
- New Jersey
- United States District Court - District of New Jersey
- United States District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- American Bar Association
- Monmouth Bar Association, Civil Practice Committee
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Special Committee on Business and Commercial Litigation
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- American Inns of Court
- What Alternatives Do Business Clients Have to “Hourly Rate” Billing for Legal Fees? (Sept. 2017)
- Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds: Investor Risk or Compensable Broker Malfeasance (May 2017)
- Crossing the Line: When Does Competition in Business Become “Unfair”? (April 2017)
- When the Marriage is Over: Disassociation and Expulsion of a Member of a Limited Liability Company (April 2017)
- The Wisdom of Internal Insurance Reviews for Your Business (February 2017)
- Dispute Over Management Agreement Does Not Mandate Owner’s Expulsion from the Company (Sept. 2016)
- Broker Trading Misconduct: The Case for “Unsuitability” and Misrepresentations (April 2016)
- Broker Trading Misconduct: The Case for Account “Churning” (December 2015)
- The Right to Partition: This Land Is Your Land, This Land is My Land (May 2015)
- Rekindling Embers: Revisiting New Jersey's Need For A Business Court(August 2014)
- Residential Contracting in New Jersey's Post-Sandy Landscape - Avoiding Liability for Consumer Fraud (March 2014)
- So, You Want to See the Books? A Shareholder's Right to Inspect the Company's Records (2013)
- June 2015 - Davison, Eastman & Muñoz's Timothy Lyons, Commercial Litigation and Business Law Partner, has recently been appointed to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Business and Commercial Litigation Committee. The Committee is designed to examine the need for specialized complementary dispute resolution for business disputes, education of the bench and bar in this area with the continuing goal to create a Business Part in the Law Division of the Superior Court, and to generally work with the courts to ensure that the needs of business clients are being met.
In 2015 our New Jersey Supreme Court created a new path for business disputes and commercial litigation. The Complex Business Litigation Program (CBLP) was instituted throughout the trial division of the court system. The CBLP required each county to appoint a “business judge” to supervise, manage and adjudicate commercial and business cases, as well as construction...Read more
Tim Lyons, a Senior Partner of the firm’s Business Litigation Department, recently secured a $4.8 million judgment for his client in a lengthy, multi-year construction defect case in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The judgment was entered on June 28, 2018 in favor of the plaintiff property owners, Richard Champagne and Champagne Enterprises, LLC, and against...Read more
Timothy Lyons, a senior partner of the firm’s Business, Corporate and Civil Litigation Department, has been honored with receipt of recertification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. The New Jersey Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney only those lawyers that...Read more
Business insurance is an integral part of any game plan for a company’s success. It helps to limit financial liabilities such as lengthy and costly litigations, and also provides avenues for recovery in the event of an unforeseen property loss. However, business insurance will only work if it is properly designed, effectively implemented and constantly monitored....Read more
Investors often routinely place their trust in their investment advisor, or broker, especially when markets are climbing high. When market volatility surfaces which results in losses across the board, many investors are unaware of the impact their financial advisor might have played in contributing to their accounts nose-diving in tandem with the market drop. It is...Read more
In the competitive nature of business and industry the “Sirens of Litigation” are encountered during the lifespan of many companies and firms. However, the enticement of pursuing such business disputes can come at a significant expense to any company. The financial cost surfaces in attorney fees, expert witness or consultant fees, and court fees. The temporal...Read more
Law firms operate in an aggressive marketplace, just like all other companies and professionals. However, lawyers understand business clients are continually challenged to manage their legal fees and costs. While acknowledging that legal costs, for litigation or otherwise, can be viewed as a necessary “cost of doing business,” it is an expense that companies constantly evaluate...Read more
As widely reported for the Puerto Rico municipal bond crisis, the Island of Puerto Rico has indicated that it will file for bankruptcy protection. The initial attraction of municipal bonds to investors is the tax-free income. States that issue bonds also exempt their bonds from state income tax for residents of their state (unless otherwise stated)....Read more
In the business arena it is readily understood that open competition is healthy where it is unrestricted and subject to free rein. It is theoretically anticipated to stimulate macro and micro-economic growth. Competition in a laissez-faire marketplace is expected to increase supply and lower price points, consequently affording consumers and purchasers with option variety for goods...Read more
When The Marriage is Over: Disassociation and Expulsion of a Member From a Limited Liability Company
Business “partnerships,” like marriages, always begin with dreams of a long, happy life together. Unfortunately, they too often end in acrimony, in-fighting and ultimately dissolution. In the business context, specific to closely held entities and smaller limited liability companies, New Jersey law provides for resolution of such disputes without ringing a death knell for the company....Read more
Most people make the effort to schedule or conduct regular “audits” of aspects of their life whether it be personal finances, physical fitness, estate planning or otherwise. That discipline should also be adopted for an individual’s insurance needs. All too often people, whether in their personal life or for their business or company, obtain insurance for...Read more
In a recent decision the Supreme Court of New Jersey determined that under New Jersey’s Limited Liability Company Act (“Act”), a dissenting owner who does not agree with proposed terms of a management agreement cannot be expelled from the company for that reason. Subsection 3(c) of the Act empowers a court to enter a judicial order...Read more
This article is authored by Timothy Lyons with the assistance of John Marinan, Esq. Investments and securities trading are carefully regulated by various governing authorities, primarily for the purpose of protecting investors. The violation of such regulations, particularly through various deceptive actions and schemes to cheat or take advantage of investors, is commonly known as securities...Read more
This article is authored by John Marinan, Esq. with the assistance of Davison, Eastman and Muñoz Partner Timothy D. Lyons, Esq. A form of fraudulent stock broker activity called “excessive trading” or “churning” may contribute to high commissions, low overall returns, unmanaged margin interest costs, and “break-even” percentages that exceed a reasonably accepted historical rate of...Read more
When a co-owner of real estate decides they want to segregate their interest in the property, to the objection of the other owner(s), practical and legal issues quickly arise. So what remedy does one have to withdraw from co-ownership of real estate? The law provides a person may withdraw from marriage by divorce, or from business...Read more