Theresa A. Lyons
New Jersey Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Terry Lyons is a Certified Matrimonial Attorney from the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Terry graduated from Rutgers School of Law with High Honors. She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, receiving special distinction from the dean as the “Most Outstanding Administration, Policy, and Planning Student” upon graduation.
Having been featured in over 250 news and media outlets across the globe, Terry is trailblazer with a strong reputation. She enjoyed a judicial clerkship with The Honorable Peter G. Verniero, a now-retired Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey’s highest state court. Terry has authored and published numerous articles on a wide variety of topics like family law, the admissibility of expert testimony in federal courts, and free speech on the Internet. She also is author of the best-selling book Sticks and Stones, Life Lessons from a Lawyer. Terry also has weighed in on many far reaching social topics, including the Ashley Madison scandal (read here) and how to handle COVID vaccine disagreements among parents (read here).
In addition to founding the firm and chairing its matrimonial practice, Terry has taught and lectured across the country, including at the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University. She is recognized as a leader among the bar, recently being appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the state-wide Board of Continuing Legal Education.
Terry has received countless awards, including New Jersey Super Lawyers , “Top 10 Best Female Attorneys” from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, and Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs.
Terry also gives back to the community. She has served on the Board of Trustees for WINGS for Growth and SAFE in Hunterdon, and presently serves on the Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) and Legislative and Social Action (LASA) Committees on behalf of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Terry also was awarded the “Partners in Hope Award” from Partners for Women and Justice for her amicus work at the New Jersey Supreme Court and the “Philanthropic Award” from Binnacle House for leading the charge on certain capital improvements.
Ms. Lyons is admitted to practice in New Jersey State Court, New Jersey Federal Court, and the United States Supreme Court in April 2012.
In her personal life, Ms. Lyons is a foster and adoptive parent. She enjoys baking and driving her RV, whom she affectionally calls “Bubba.”
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More than 5 star recommendation.
Ms. Theresa Lyons is the definition of incredible and extremely well versed at what she does. She worried about what was best for my son and myself, and never wasted any energy on anything other than just that. She’s a beast disguised as a human, she does not back down and effectively communicated and advised me at all times. More than 5 star recommendation.
- Anacristina S.
Lyons went above and beyond.
I was fortunate enough to have found such an outstanding attorney in Terry. When I first met her, I will never forget the sign that hung in her office. It read, “Faith makes things possible…. not easy.” For whatever reason that simple message had an impact on me and I knew in my gut she was the attorney for me. Terry, was up front and straightforward with me from the very beginning and has never waivered in her commitment. She is compassionate, understanding, extremely knowledgeable (she can quote and reference a law, statute, or rule down to the exact number), and has the wisdom of an old soul when it comes to human behavior. She possesses all of those wonderful characteristics with humor, lightheartedness, and just an all around good nature about herself. She took on my case with a confidence, determination, and tenacity that was contagious even for me and I had very little confidence in the beginning. I had a very emotionally driven case where the facts of the case were irrelevant to my opponent. Yet, Terry stayed focused and did not allow tactics or technicalities to knock her off course. She went above and beyond in her capacity to ensure that I was represented with not just herself but with an amazing support staff she has in her office. I call the people in her office ” the family” because they all look out for each other and their clients. Also, Terry is brilliant in the courtroom. I’ve watched a ton of Law and Order and Terry just commands a courtroom. The mastery and delivery she displays when litigating is astonishing. She is must see TV in the courtroom! Terry, I will be eternally grateful to you for what you have done for me and my son. You gave me the gift of legal parenthood. You are truly a blessing and a gift to the legal profession
One of the Preeminent Matrimonial Lawyers in New Jersey
I have referred several people to Lyons & Associates and they all come away feeling better about their situation after speaking with Terry Lyons or one of her associates. As you know, divorce is one of life’s most difficult circumstances and Lyons & Co. not only know how to deal with the legal aspects but the emotional ones as well. If any of my clients, friends or colleagues are even contemplating divorce I would recommend this firm to anyone of them. There is a reason why Lyons & Associates are one of the preeminent matrimonial lawyers in NJ….they care!
- William Gude
Theresa fought hard for my case
I can’t say enough about Ms. Lyons. But, first, allow me to let you know a little bit of who I am and the battles I had been going through. I earned MBA and MS degree from the reputable school. I filed a divorce complaint more than 10 years ago (represented by a self-claiming best attorney in NJ with celebrities banging the door begging to hire him). It turned out to be the worst experience I had. I then retained other matrimonial attorneys before Ms. Lyons. Ms. Lyons was highly recommended by my Attorney friend. I was skeptical, so I interviewed more than 5 attorneys before I met with Ms. Lyon (I was about to retain one of the 5). My friend told me to hold until I met with Ms. Lyon (I actually pull out each attorney’s records from Lexis and studies the cases they had done before). I signed the retainer right after I met with Ms. Lyons. She fought hard for my case. She is not only brilliant, fast, clear but persuasive (consider this from a client who had been represented by top attorneys representing celebrities). Ms. Lyons fought with heart and truly have your best interest in mind (to obtain the best result possible and to put the nightmare to an end). Before seeing Ms. Lyons at Court, I truly don’t believe there will be a matrimonial attorney with your best interest in heart. After all, divorce couples are just cases for matrimonial attorneys. Though you and your children will need to live with the results of Court proceeding, you are just a case to matrimonial attorneys. The longer you fight, the more they can be paid (speaking conflict of interests). I have been dealing with divorce court for more than 10 years with dozens of motions and threatening from my ex to put me in jail. It’s Ms. Lyons she let me see the end of it and is truly capable and willing to put this to an end. If you are struggling with divorce matters, you will be doing yourself/children a huge favor by seeing Ms. Lyons.
Excellent Mentor and Educator
I have been interning at Lyons and Associates, PC for the past few months. Theresa Lyons, the managing partner, has been a wonderful mentor and educator. That being said, the entire team at Lyons and Associates have been a pleasure to work with. Each and every individual makes a conscious effort to deliver personal attention for personal matters on a daily basis. I have seen the impact they have had on the lives of our clients. Family law is not an easy feat but the Lyons team handles every case with professionalism.
- Devon Nicole
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