About Joe Lyon & The Lyon Firm in Cincinnati, Ohio

Ohio Product Liability Attorney

The Lyon Firm is a Practice Founded on Compassionate Consumer Advocacy

Joe Lyon opened the Lyon Firm in the fall of 2006 and established a national practice focused on pharmaceutical, medical device, complex personal injury, and toxic exposure litigation (asbestos, benzene, lead, glyphosate, radiation, and talc). Mr. Lyon has represented individuals in 33 multi-district product liability litigations. He was a member of a state bellwether trial team that obtained a seven-figure verdict during the Actos Litigation. Mr. Lyon has also obtained seven figure results in single event automotive product liability, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases.

Currently, Mr. Lyon is actively involved in MDL 2545: In Re Testosterone Replacement Therapy as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee.  He was also recently appointed lead class counsel in Wade v U.S. Bank in a settlement on behalf of thousands of Ohio residents affected by improperly filed mortgage satisfactions. Mr. Lyon is a member of the National Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, and Attorneys Information Exchange Group, and has presented and published on mass tort topics at both local and national conventions.

Joe is rated a 10/10  by AVVO and has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Ohio by The National Trial Lawyer Association since 2009. Furthermore, his peers have selected him as a  “Super Lawyer” in 2018 and 2019 and a “Rising Star”from  2012 to 2016.  Joe has published and lectured locally and nationally on a variety of personal injury and mass tort issues. Most recently, he lectured in Columbus for the Ohio Association of Justice on Personal Jurisdiction in State Mass Tort Cases. He is serving as the co-chair for the AAJ TRT Litigation Group. Joe is also the past chair for the Ohio Association for Justice Product Liability Section.

“I met Joe during what was easily one of the worst times of my life. My husband had been in a serious accident and was a quadriplegic following that accident and remained in one medical facility after another until his death nearly four years later. We had contacted an area attorney who told us we absolutely did not have a case. Then we called a Cleveland firm that took the case and brought in Joe. Joe did so much of the work and became just like family to us. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone and be willing to guarantee that he will do anything and everything possible to get satisfactory results. He is extremely dedicated to his clients and very hard working. Mike and I came to think of him like a son, I still do; if it wasn’t for him I don’t believe our case would have been settled the way it was and may have ended up in a courtroom where the results can go any way.”

Donna Urchak


Chicago-Kent College of Law , Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, J.D. January 2003. Loyola University Maryland, B.A. Political Science (1999) Honors:

  • Federal Judicial Externship: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge William Hibbler; (January 2001-September 2001)
  • Law Review: Member of Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law

International Study:

  • Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium September, 1997-June 1998
  • St. Louis University, Madrid, Spain September 1998-December 1998


  • The Supreme Court of Ohio (2003)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2005)
  • The Supreme Court of Kentucky (2011)
  • United States District Court of Colorado (2011)
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2012)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2013)
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of Kentucky (2014)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2014)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit  (2015)

Current MDL Cases

  • In Re Stryker LFIT V 40 New Jersey Consolidated State Litigation
  • MDL 2741   In Re:    Roundup Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2738 In Re:    J&J Talcum Powder Litigation
  • MDL  2734  In Re:   Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2244  In Re:   Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Litigation
  • MDL  1748  In Re:  Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation.
  • MDL  2591  In Re:  Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation
  • MDL 2391 In Re Biomet: M2A Magnum Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2197 In Re: Depuy Orthopeadics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2502  In Re:  Lipitor (Atorvastain Calcium) Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2327  In Re:  Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2325  In Re:  AMS, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2187  In Re:  C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2387  In Re:  Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2326  In Re:  Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  2299  In Re:  Actos (Pioglitazone) products Liability Litigation
  • MDL  1842  In Re:  Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation

MDL Common Benefit Work

MDL 2545 In Re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation; Currently, Mr. Lyon is a member of Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee and assisting in document review and depositions preparation of key marketing witnesses. MDL  2327  In Re:  Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation: Currently The Lyon Firm is assisting PSC in document review and coding for deposition and trial preparation. MDL  1598  In Re:  Ephedra Products Liability Litigation: Performed document review; assisted in 30(b)(6) depositions of Defendant GNC; assisted in preparing bellwether case for trial.

In The News

NBC / Associated Press: Interview with Mr. Lyon Featured in Investigative Report on Stolen Body Part Scandal. Cincinnati Enquirer: Mr. Lyon Featured as Council in Industrial Lead Paint Case. Lawyers & Settlements News: Mr. Lyon Interviewed on behalf of Testosterone Gel Patients. The Lyon Firm Represents Three Cancer Victims in an Occupational Injury Lawsuit Filed Against GE Aviation. Lyon Firm files suit against ConAgra for exploding PAM cooking spray causing severe burn injury.

Presentations & Publications

  • Mass Torts in State Court. OAJ Summer Convention, Columbus, OH (2017)
  • Managing Client Expectations. OAJ Summer Convention. Columbus, OH (2015)
  • “The Wheels of Justice”: Mass Torts in State Court. Ohio Association for Justice Product Liability Section Newsletter (2015)
  • Ethics of Mass Tort Marketing, AAJ Summer Convention (2014)
  • Case Selection and Criteria for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, AAJ Summer Convention (2014)
  • Low T: The Creation of a Disease: A Medical Literature Survey. Ohio Association for Justice Product Liability Section Newsletter (2014)
  • Specific Causation for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, AAJ JPML Mass Tort Update (2014)
  • Causes of Action for Testosterone Replacement Therapy,  AAJ Seminar (2014)
  • Parallel Claims & Reporting Requirements: New Motivation for Drug Manufacturers to Give Adequate Warning. Ohio Association for Justice Product Liability Section Newsletter (2013)
  • Where to Begin Your Search for the Smoking Gun: Organizing Your Strategy and Informal Discovery. National Business Institute (2010)
  • Written Discovery Strategies. National Business Institute (2010)
  • A Separate Piece in Seeking Justice: Civil Themes and Skills in Public Defense. AAJ, Criminal Law Section, Vol. 16, No.2 Winter (2009)
  • The Weight of Expert Testimony. National Business Institute (2009)
  • Punitive Damages: Current Trends and Strategies. National Business Institute (2009)
  • Jury Selection: Your First Trial. Northern Kentucky College of Law (2009)
  • Utilizing ATLA Resources for Law Students. University of Cincinnati College of Law (2003)

Notable Single Event Cases

Gray v. KTM, Inc. et al (2017) (N.D. of Miss. Case No 3:17-cv-00092) Lead Counsel. Complex Product Liability case involving a defective throttle on a motorbike. The plaintiff suffered a catastrophic amputation of his left arm due to the defective throttle causing an unintended acceleration. Confidential Settlement. Lemon v. FMK Firearms, Inc. et al. (2016) E. Dist. of KY Case NO 2:15-cv-00128. Lead Counsel. Complex Product Liability case involving a defective handgun that was subject to a recall due to drop-fire risks. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries including compartment syndrome when the gun was accidentally dropped and fired.  Confidential settlement. Waters v. F&P America MFG, Inc. (2016) Miami County, Ohio Case No. 15-103. Lead Counsel. Workplace intentional tort claim involving a corporate policy to circumvent a perimeter cage designed to protect workers from hydraulic equipment malfunction. The plaintiff suffered catastrophic amputation of multiple fingers when a machine misfired. Confidential settlement. Estate of Ralph Jamison v. Continental Appliances, Inc.  (2013) Adams County, Ohio Case No. CVB 20120499. Lead Counsel. Complex Product Liability case involving a defective propane wall heater that resulted in severe burn injuries and Wrongful Death. Confidential Settlement. Estate of Joseph Ponsi v. RCD Sales, Inc. (2012) Ashland County, Ohio Case No. 12-CVI-017).  Lead Counsel. Dealership negligence involving the sale of a recreational towing vehicle that exceeded towing capacity of the vehicle resulting in rollover accident and Wrongful Death. Confidential Settlement Armesia Thomas v. General Motors et al. (2011) E. Dist. of KY Case No. 08-228-ART. Lead Counsel.  Complex Product Liability action involving claims of defective seat belt design resulting in catastrophic spinal cord injury to 19-year-old female. Confidential settlement with General Motors and Takata Defendants. Michael Urchak v. Donnell Ford Lincoln Mercury of Salem, Inc. (2010) Mahoning County, Ohio Case No 08-CV-3700). Lead Counsel. Dealership negligence causing mechanical failure and loss of control of vehicle resulting in spinal cord injury. Confidential Settlement. Charles & Jennifer Briner, Individually and on Behalf of Christopher Briner, A Minor v Daimler Chrysler Corporation. (2007) (Richland County, Ohio Case No. 05-CV-371). Second Chair. Complex Product Liability action involving claims of defective seat belt buckle resulting in inadvertent buckle release and catastrophic brain injury to a minor. Confidential settlement. Marlene Lewis et al v. Alex Saba,, M.D. (2006) Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A0501599. Second Chair. Medical malpractice claims arising from the failure to diagnose breast cancer resulting in cancer progression, loss of survival, and additional invasive medical care. Confidential Settlement.  

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers (Class Action and Mass Torts) 2018, 2019
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (Class Action and Mass Torts) (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Ohio (2009-Present)
  • AVVO: 10/10 Rating

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