Thomas William Lyons III

Thomas William Lyons III

Partner
Location:
Providence, Rhode Island
Phone:
401-400-4416
Fax:
401-421-4730
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability and Toxic Tort Defense
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Employment Litigation
  • Constitutional Law

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1983
  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1991

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • A.B. - 1979
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Receivers, Ethics, Conflicts and Confidentiality, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March-April, 2009
  • Specs and the Single Arbitration Clause, The Business Suit(Reprinted in The Dispute Resolution Journal), May-July, 2001
  • Rhode Island Chapter, DRI Products Liability Defenses, 2001 and 2004
  • Building a Public Trust and Confidence in the Rhode Island Judicial System, Rhode Island Bar Journal, February, 2001
  • Counterpoint- Who makes the Law?, Rhode Island Bar Journal, November, 2000
  • The Supreme Court Decides the Balance of Powers, Rhode Island Bar Journal, November, 1998
  • Frye, Daubert and Where Do We Go From Here, Rhode Island Bar Journal, January, 1997
  • Convincing a Reluctant Judge to Hold a Pretrial Daubert Hearing, DRI Trials & Tribulations, Spring, 1997
  • Rule 56 Reborn, Rhode Island Bar Journal, October, 1988

Representative Clients

  • Viacom, Inc.
  • CBS Corporation
  • Verizon
  • Danaher Corporation
  • United States Tobacco Company
  • Lead Industries Associates
  • The Stanley Works
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Citibank
  • Chrysler Financial Corporation
  • Hoechst Marion Roesel, Inc.

Classes/Seminars

  • The Future of the Practice of Law, Western States Bar Conference, 2008
  • How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Rhode Island, National Business Institute, November 12,2004
  • Direct and Cross-examination in Rhode Island, November 7,2003
  • Advanced Expert Witness Depositions, National Business Institute, June 16, 2004
  • Instructor, Legal Research, Oral Advocacy and Writing, Case Western Reserve University, 1982 - 1983

Honors and Awards

  • Rhode Island Super Lawyer, Products Liability Defense, 2007-2016
  • Third Place, Rhode Island Bar Journal Annual Writing Competition, 1997
  • First Place, Rhode Island Bar Journal Annual Writing Competition, 1989
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Preeminent, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1998 - 2008
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, President, 2006 - 2007
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Secretary, 2003 - 2004
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 1998 - 2002
  • DRI Business Litigation Committee, Steering Group, 1998 - Present
  • DRI Commercial Litigation Committee, Chair, 2001 - 2003
  • Model Civil Jury Instructions Subcommittee, Chair, 1998 - Present
  • Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, Chair, 1997 - 1998
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Indigent Defense Task Force, Member, 2003 - 2004
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court User-Friendly Court Committee, Member, 1997 - 1998
  • DRI Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment Sub-committee of Products Liability Committee, Steering Group, 1994 - 1996
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Vice President, 2004 - 2005
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Treasurer, 2002 - 2003
  • DRI Commercial Litigation Committee, Vice-chair, 2000 - 2001
  • DRI Commercial Litigation Committee, Publications Chair, 1998 - 2000
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Executive Council, 2007 - Present
  • New England Bar Association, President, 2014 - 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Vetter & White, Providence, RI, 1983 - 1995