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IDC President's Award


Raymond Lyons, Jr.

President's Award Recipient

Raymond Lyons, Jr. of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd., Chicago, was honored by 2018-2019 President Bradley C. Nahrstadt with the President’s Award.

In honoring Mr. Lyons, President Nahrstadt remarked, “I have known Raymond Lyons, Jr. for almost 30 years. He was one of the first lawyers I did work for when I was hired as a summer clerk at Williams & Montgomery. When I began working at the firm as an associate attorney, Ray was always willing to answer any question I had, no matter how simple or mundane the topic. He would take the time to explain why he was making corrections to my written work product. He gave me the opportunity to learn by doing, sending me to court to argue dispositive motions or to take important depositions. He encouraged me to get involved in bar organizations, including the IDC. Perhaps most importantly, he showed me the importance of developing my own book of business and gave me opportunities to develop my own clients. Ray is not only a great lawyer, he is a great human being. He has been many things to me: partner, mentor and confidant, but most importantly, friend. It is my great pleasure to recognize Ray Lyons with the IDC President’s Award.”

In accepting the award, Mr. Lyons said “I am humbled, grateful and proud to have had Brad feel so highly of me for such an award. Brad and I have both been deeply blessed to have spent our entire legal careers with 2 firms which epitomize the highest values of legal professionalism and integrity - Williams and Montgomery and now Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt and Pontikis. I share this award with the outstanding trial lawyers from those firms who mentored me, specifically Peter Magnani, the late Lloyd Williams, Barry Montgomery as well as my current partners, Brad, Ed Murphy, Jeff Lipe and Tom Pontikis - as well as those, in addition to Brad, who I have had the privilege of playing a small part in mentoring, specifically Tom Buck, Bob Varney, Mike Grabill, Matt Williams, Adam Carter, Tony O’Neill and James Whalen - thank you all for making my legal journey so fulfilling.”

Raymond Lyons is a partner of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd. and a member of the firm’s product liability, construction, transportation, and tort defense practice groups. He focuses his practice on defending product liability, construction, transportation, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country. Mr. Lyons serves as vice-chair of the product liability group of the Primerus Defense Institute. He is “AV Preeminent” peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Mr. Lyons was selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for personal injury defense, general, and transportation defense, including aviation/FELA/maritime. Mr. Lyons was also selected as among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 in Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Products Liability, and Insurance Law.

Mr. Lyons has more than 30 years of jury trial experience and has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including successfully trying more than 40 cases to verdict.

Mr. Lyons is active in several professional and civic organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Committee, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Product Liability Group, Professional Liability Underwriters Society, and the IDC.

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