Tim Lyons, Esq.

Tim became a lawyer to help people.

His first case as a paralegal resulted in a win that kept open a small accounting software company facing a threat from a huge firm. It saved hundreds of people’s jobs.

Since then, Tim has been hooked on using the law to help people achieve their goals.

Tim is a member of the highly prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum - membership is limited to attorneys who have won seven figure settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S lawyers are members.

After graduating law school in 2011, Tim became an Associate for MichieHamlett, PLLC and Livingston Law Firm, PLLC in Charlottesville, Virginia, where his cases included a contract dispute between pharmaceutical companies, home construction contracts, a breach of contract regarding retirees’ benefits and a dispute over real estate investment business.

In 2014, Tim moved to California and established his own practice where he has since focused on trust and estate planning, personal injury law and civil rights.

Prior to law school, Tim worked as a patent litigation paralegal Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, LLP – one of Boston’s largest firms. His background also includes clerkships for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Civil Rights Division, Alere Inc. (a publicly traded pharmaceutical company), and Lurie, Lent, & Friedman (a litigation firm in Boston, MA).

Tim graduated Harvard University cum laude in 2004 with a B.A in History. He received his J.D. (law degree) from Northeastern University, Massachusetts in 2011.

At the core of all of Tim’s work, is a dedication to his clients’ needs, and an unwavering commitment to pursue their best interests with integrity, passion and sensitivity.

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Trusts & Estates/Probate

Human relationships are complex.

Tim has helped close to 50 families prepare their estate plans. Tim provides a space for each client to think through their legacy and make sure the plans reflect each person’s preferences.

Although not always fun discussions, Tim can help guide you through what you must consider to reach a final plan.

Having a lawyer who understands navigating chosen or biological family dynamics is key when preparing an estate plan. Tim began his work litigating what is charitably called “sibling divorce” but better known as the all out battles between siblings over their parents’ estates.

Tim has mostly left litigation behind and focuses instead on positive planning with a specific eye towards litigation avoidance. He works to understand his clients’ goals and help them achieve those goals through properly drafted and explained estate planning documents, and, if necessary, meetings with those who will receive the estate distributions. The idea is for your legacy to go to your loved ones rather than the Probate Court or other legal costs.

Land Use

A key part of many people’s estates is the real estate they own. Tim has experience with Land Use and is able to provide his clients service related to zoning laws, legal issues with construction, and advise on real estate development (especially under California’s new land use laws meant to eliminate single family zoning). Contact Tim if you have:

  • a zoning matter,
  • environmental issues,
  • have to deal with city or town planning commission,
  • get approval for projects, or
  • present a project at a public hearing.
  • He understands real estate law and requirements for permits, environmental issues, construction, and contracts.

    Build a custom estate plan
    Create a Succession Plan for your small business
    Set forth your vision for the future
    Analyze future growth
    Prepare for future health outcomes

    Personal Injury

    Being involved in an accident is traumatic. By hiring a lawyer like Tim you can focus on healing yourself while Tim handles the legal stuff.

    As soon as you are injured it is important to get an attorney because the defense works to minimize your claim from the outset. Let Tim handle your case and you handle recovery.

    Tim serves those who are injured through no fault of their own in accidents. His specialty within personal injury is suing government entities when their employees cause accidents in California and under the United States Federal Torts Claims Act cases. There is an old British tradition that you cannot sue the king, which continues in the United States and so there are steps to follow, which Tim can help you navigate.


    Civil Rights

    There have been many civil rights victories in the last 50 years, but we may be heading the other way and society is still incredibly unequal. Tim works on racial profiling and LGBTQ issues for clients.

    These situations are incredibly demoralizing for clients, but Tim helps you get the result you deserve after being discriminated against because of race, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

    Tim is a passionate and dedicated advocate of civil rights. He is a founding board member of the Virginia Equality Bar Association - Virginia’s first association of LGBTQ attorneys. He is also a member of the Los Angeles LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the LGBT Bar LA

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