Firm Overview

The Lyon Firm is proud to serve the legal needs of Cincinnati, the State of Ohio and, when permitted, national clients. Founded on the principle of protecting the public through civil action, Joseph Lyon focuses his practice in the areas of product liability, pharmaceutical and toxic mass tort litigation, medical malpractice, general personal injury, and administrative law, including social security disability and Veteran’s Disability Benefits. He is rated a 10/10 by AVVO and has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Ohio by The American Trial Lawyer Association. He has resolved numerous cases for high six and seven figure settlements and is currently working on many complex cases locally and nationally.


Following many successes with the national pioneer of Mass Tort Litigation, Lopez Hodes, in the fall of 2006, Joseph M. Lyon started The Lyon Firm. The Firm has a dynamic and growing practice. The practice areas included medical malpractice, pharmaceutical defects, medical device defects, automotive defects, class action and mass tort litigation, commercial and business litigation and general personal injury matters. Mr. Lyon represents clients locally, throughout the State and on a national level. Some of the notable cases he has participated in include:

MDL 1769 In Re: Seroquel Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1928 In Re: Trasylol Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1741 In Re: Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1785 In Re: Bausch & Lomb Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1657 In Re: Vioxx Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1871 In Re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1842 In Re: Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation


The business model provides for client interaction with Mr. Lyon throughout the case. Despite the large volume of cases, Mr. Lyon maintains a direct relationship with each client. In order to accomplish this goal, he incorporates the many national relationships he has with some of the nation’s top law firms. Given the complexity of the law today and the wide scope of tort liability, it is very common for multiple firms to be working on the same case. By entering joint ventures and sharing the burden of costs, the client is awarded additional expertise, efficiency, attorney contact, and better results at no extra cost.

All cases are performed on a contingency fee, unless the client prefers an hourly rate. This means that unless the case is successful, there are no attorney fees or costs to the client. In all cases, there are associated litigation costs that the Attorney will typically advance, unless the client assumes that responsibility at the outset of the case. The costs will be reimbursed if the case is successful. If the case is not successful, the costs are not required to be reimbursed. The fee is a set percentage and ranges from 33.33% to 40% depending on the complexity of the case and anticipated time frame for resolution. If additional Firms are involved, the percentage remains the same, and the attorney split the fee based upon contribution of value to the development of the case.


Joseph Lyon is committed to the local and national community and has witnessed positive changes resulting from its prior and current cases. He takes tremendous pride in the ability to represent individuals, working for them, to create a safer and more secure health care system and safer products for the future. For example, dangerous drugs such as Vioxx and Trasylol have been removed from the market. Toyota has agreed to change parts of its manufacturing process to ensure better quality in its vehicles. Lap Belts are no longer allowed to be placed into center seats. Landlords are abating lead in housing projects. Medical standards of care are improving across the board.

Joseph M. Lyon, Esq.

Joseph M. Lyon was born in Cincinnati, OH and attended St. Xavier High School. He first worked in a law practice following graduation from high school, serving as a law clerk for a local civil litigation firm, aiding in the development of medical malpractice and personal injury claims. Joe attended Loyola College in Maryland and graduated with a B.A in political science, having spent both his junior year and half of his senior year studying at the prestigious Katoliek Universiteit (Leuven, Belgium) and St. Louis University (Madrid, Spain) where he focused his studies on International Law and Economics. Based on his early legal experience and experience abroad, Joe was offered a scholarship to attend Chicago-Kent College of Law in the great town of Chicago, Illinois.

Throughout his law school career, Joe worked with several Chicago firms focusing on developing his legal skills in complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases, including working with Jeffrey Goldberg, one of the nation’s best medical malpractice attorneys. From 2001 through 2002, Mr. Lyon served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable William H. Hibbler for the Northern District of Illinois, where he drafted federal court opinions for the court. Joe also served on the Journal for International Law.

Following graduation, Joe returned to Cincinnati to begin his legal career.  He accepted a position with the small civil litigation firm he worked with following high school, continuing to develop his skills in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury. As his interest in the field of products liability grew, Joe sought out and accepted a position with the national firm of Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman and Skikos, where he represented hundreds of clients in products liability and medical malpractice cases and assisted the senior partners on national assignments. He worked on Ephedra, Guidant/ Medtronic Implantable Defibrillators, Vioxx, and Medtronic Tainted Human Tissue and Allograft.

Mr. Lyon continues to be involved in local and national mass tort and class action litigation. Mr. Lyon has personally litigated complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases through discovery and trial. He has served on the American Association for Justice Board of Governors for 8 years and continues to offer his time to professional groups to fight big business and corporate corruption of our legal system in an attempt to protect patient and consumer rights. He is rated the highest 10/10 by AVVO. He is also a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, and American Constitution Society. He lectures each year in Cincinnati on a variety of Civil Litigation topics and was recently named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio by The American Trial Lawyers Association.

Benjamin Greenberg – Law Clerk 

Ben is in his second year at the Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ben attended the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in English, returning to Cincinnati to work in education policy for two years before returning to school to pursue his law degree. As a clerk at the Lyon Firm, Ben has worked on numerous projects including motion and complaint drafting for products liability and automotive injury cases, document review for MDL cases such as Transvaginal Mesh as well as general legal research in the field of catastrophic injury law. In addition to typical clerking duties, Ben frequently reviews medical literature and institutional studies, recall notices and news articles in maintenance of the Lyon Firm website’s growing collection of resources for attorneys, medical professionals and concerned citizens. Finally, Ben maintain’s the website’s litigation area resources including updating tort-reform statutes and relevant state and federal case law. Ben is excited to announce that The Lyon Firm will be posting a comprehensive and updated 50-State Statute of Limitations chart as a resource for others in the field. In addition to law, Ben is interested in local politics having volunteered for and staffed Cincinnati City Council Campaigns for two consecutive cycles.