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Thomas William Lyons, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Providence, RI

Strauss, Factor Laing & Lyons
One Davol Square, Suite 305
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-400-4416
Fax: 401-421-4730
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Rhode Island Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Business Litigation, Civil Rights
Attorney Profile

Thomas William Lyons III practices law in Rhode Island and represents clients in personal injury and business law. He specifically serves individuals in the areas of products liability, toxic tort defense, business and commercial litigation, employment litigation and constitutional law. He has represented numerous high-profile companies, including Viacom Inc., CBS Corporation, Verizon, the United States Tobacco Company, Citibank and Chrysler Financial Corporation.

After he received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School, Mr. Lyons was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Lyons has released a number of published works on a wide range of topics in the Rhode Island Bar Journal, where he served as Editor-in-Chief from 1998 to 2002. These include articles on products liability defenses, ethics, single arbitration clauses and the power of the Supreme Court.

Mr. Lyons recognizes the importance of involvement in professional associations, such as service on the Executive Council for National Conference of Bar Presidents since 2007. Among others, he has served in positions with the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the DRI's Commercial Litigation Committee as well as serving as Chair of the Bar Committee of the Superior Court Bench. He also belongs to the Rhode Island Bar Association and formerly served on its executive committee and as president.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Defense
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 20%Civil Rights

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

About Thomas William Lyons, III

First Admitted: 1983, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage: http://www.sfandllaw.com/Attorney-Profiles/Thomas-W-Lyons-Ii...

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rhode Island Chapter, DRI Products Liability Defenses, 2004

Representative Clients

  • Chrysler Financial Corporation
  • National Credit Union Administration Board v. Regine, 749 F.Supp. 401, D.R.I. 1990
  • Providence Journal Co. v. Kane, 577 A.2d 661, R.I. 1990
  • Verizon
  • Mosby v. Devine, 851 A.2d 1031, R.I. 2004
  • Lead Industries Associates
  • Citibank
  • DiPalma v. Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 938 F.2d 1463, 1st Cir. 1991
  • Dextraze v. Florida Flame, Inc., 692 A.2d 338, R.I. 1997
  • CBS Corporation
  • Gray v. Derderian, 365 F.Supp.2d 218, D.R.I. 2005
  • United States Tobacco Company
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Hoechst Marion Roesel, Inc.
  • National Credit Union Administration Board v. Regine, 795 F.Supp. 59, D.R.I.1992
  • Viacom, Inc.
  • Qualitex, Inc. v. Coventry Realty Corp., 557 A.2d 850, R.I. 1997
  • Danaher Corporation
  • The Stanley Works

Educational Background

  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, A.B. in History, 1979

Honors/Awards

  • First Place, Rhode Island Bar Journal Annual Writing Competition, 1989
  • Civil Libertarian of the Year, Rhode Island Civil Liberties Union, 2007
  • Third Place, Rhode Island Bar Journal Annual Writing Competition, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chair, DRI Commercial Litigation Committee, 2001 - 2003
  • Member, Rhode Island Supreme Court Indigent Defense Task Force, 2003 - 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1984
  • Vice President, Rhode Island Bar Association, 2004 - 2005
  • Rhode Island, 1983
  • Publications Chair, DRI Commercial Litigation Committee, 1998 - 2000
  • President, Rhode Island Bar Association, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, DRI Business Litigation Committee, Steering Group, 1998 - Present
  • Chair, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, DRI Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment Sub-committee of Products Liability Committee, Steering Group, 1994 - 1996
  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • Vice-Chair, DRI Commercial Litigation Committee, 2000 - 2001
  • Executive Committee, Rhode Island Bar Association, 1998 - 2008
  • Editor-in-Chief, Rhode Island Bar Journal, 1998 - 2002
  • Chair, Model Civil Jury Instructions Subcommittee, 1998 - Present
  • Member, Rhode Island Supreme Court User-Friendly Court Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1999
  • Treasurer, Rhode Island Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1991
  • Member, Executive Council, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2007 - Present
  • Secretary, Rhode Island Bar Association, 2003 - 2004

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Rhode Island Civil Libertarian of the Year, 2007

Verdicts/Settlements

  • United State Supreme Court , 2019
  • Please see reported cases listed on our firm's website, www.straussfactor.com.
  • Specs and the Single Arbitration Clause, The Business Suit, Reprinted in The Dispute Resolution Journal, May-July, 2001

Industry Groups

  • Defense Research Institute
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Office Location for Thomas William Lyons, III

One Davol Square
Suite 305
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-400-4416

Fax: 401-421-4730

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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