Barbara N. Lyons, Esquire is a certified, skilled and experienced lawyer specializing in neutral arbitration, mediation and case evaluation. Shefounded the Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center (BCMAC) to provide parties to disputes with alternatives to traditional litigation.
Through BCMAC, Ms. Lyons provides full-service Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) solutions to lawyers and their clients. Ms. Lyons addresses issues involving, but not limited to, contract and real estate disputes, equity matters, underinsured and uninsured motorist cases, personal injury, municipal, medical malpractice and employer/employee disputes, business mergers and dissolutions.
An experienced attorney since 1981, Ms. Lyons has practiced law as both a defense attorney for insurance and self-insured companies and as a plaintiffs’ attorney as a partner with Pratt Brett Lyons and Luce. This training provides her with a unique perspective on the resolution of legal matters – with a penchant for cutting through the clutter and resolving disputes. Ms. Lyons has been a dedicated neutral attorney since 1994 when she focused her practice in all methods of resolving disputes outside of the court system.
Ms. Lyons is admitted to practice law in the Courts for the County of Bucks, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a court appointed arbitrator and member of the Federal Arbitration Panel. Ms. Lyons has served as a court appointed Parent Coordinator for the Bucks County Family Court andhandled difficult family custody cases and provided testimony in custodial matters where a change in a custody order may be warranted. Just before founding BCMAC, Ms. Lyons taught peer mediation to school children in Bucks County and decided to bring her unique talents to the legal community.
Ms. Lyons served as member of the Senate Advisory Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution and serves on the ABA Advanced Mediation Institute faculty. She works to create systems of alternative dispute resolution throughout the Commonwealth. She assisted in the creation of the innovative mediation program for the Bucks County civil court system that provides the alternative of mediation to litigation. Ms. Lyons helped to create the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program of the County of Bucks in which she served as Judge Pro Tem in over 4500 conferences to date.
In March 2013, Ms Lyons was appointed to the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention. This advisory committee assisted the Commission in researching and drafting violence prevention recommendations to the State General Assembly.
An active member of the legal community, Ms. Lyons has served multiple terms as a Director for the Bucks County Bar Association. She was the founder and editor of the newsletter for the Bar Association, a member of the Women’s Law Division, and serves as a Trustee to the Charitable Foundation for the Bucks County Bar Association.
Ms. Lyons also serves the greater community as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Doylestown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for which the Pennsylvania State Association recognized her for the President’s Leadership award in 2015 for service to her community and in 2016, Ms. Lyons was awarded the Local Government Award for her work in parks and recreation.Prior to becoming a supervisor in 2002, she served for several years as Chairman of Doylestown Township’s Park and Recreation Board. Ms. Lyons chairs the annual Township Golf Outing and is the past chair of the Township’s annual Oktoberfest. She has volunteered time and talents to numerous organizations and has provided pro bono legal representation to abused women for threedecades.She is the Director of Public Safety and works with the Chief of Police for Doylestown Township in the administration of a twenty-two member police department. She was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2003 and re-elected in 2009 and in 2015. Ms. Lyons continues to serve as Chairman of the Board, elected annually by her fellow board members. She was chosen to receive the CB Chamber of Commerce VIA Women in Business Leadership Award for 2013, in recognition of her outstanding leadership in the Central Bucks community.
From 1992 to 1995, Ms. Lyons served as the Director of A Woman’s Place, a center for victims of domestic violence and their children. She continues to serve the community in various other ways. She is the former President and current member of the Board of CB Cares Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that works as a coalition with community leaders, agencies, businesses, schools and families for the purpose of helping to grow a healthier youth. Ms Lyons also demonstrates her commitment to the community as a counselor towomen and families in transition. Most recently, Ms. Lyons personal and professional story appears in the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession publication of Grit, The Secret to Advancement; Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, Milana L. Hogan, Ed.D. 2017, ABA.
Ms. Lyons earned her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her
J.D. in 1981 from Temple University School of Law. She is a frequent,dynamic lecturer at high schools and universities.
Ms. Lyons and her husband, Rick Lyons, are the proud parents of three adult children all of whom are alumni of Villanova University. In her spare time, Ms. Lyons enjoys time with family and singing in her church choir.
- 36 years in the practice of law in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- 14 years as a civil litigator in negligence, commercial, insurance liability and family law
- 22 years practice and experience as a neutral arbitrator, mediator and case evaluator
- Supervisor, Doylestown Township. Appointed, June 2002|Elected, 2003 |Elected 2006 (Chairman)|Re-elected, 2009, 2015 |Elected Chairman annually
- Member of the Senate Advisory Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Business and Personal Injury Subcommittee
Member of the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention
- Member of the Federal Arbitration Panel
- Coordinator and volunteer administrator of the Mediation Program for the Courts of Common Pleas of Bucks County
- Re -Appointed to the Joint State Government Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017
- Created the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program for Bucks County, 2009
- Extensive experience in municipal government and administration
AWARDS & HONORS
- Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce VIA Women in Business Leadership Award 2013
- Bucks County Bar Association Arthur B. Walsh Pro Bono Award, 2010
- Bucks County Bar Association President’s Award,1992
- CB Cares Community Service Award, 2009
- Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors President’s Leadership Award 2015
- Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society 2106 Local Government Award
- Central Bucks Community Service Award from the Bucks County Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2010
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Attorney Award, 2008
- Doylestown Rotary Service Above Self 4-Way Test Award, 2004
- Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2008
- Soroptomist of Bucks County Award: Advocacy for Economic and Social Development, 1996
COMMENDATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS
- Annual Tobacco-free Education and Action Coalition for establishing no smoking bans in Doylestown Township parks, 2006
- Borough of Doylestown for historic preservation and economic development2003
- Bucks County Council Annual Award from the Boy Scouts of America for leadership and commitment to community, 2010
- CB Cares Organization Annual Award for Service to the Youth Community, 2008
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvaniafor Service to the Bucks County Community, 2010
- County of Bucks, for Service to the Bucks County Community, 2010
- Doylestown Township, for development of parks and environmental education programs for school children, 2000
- Kremlin Palace for contribution to the success of the Moscow Conference on Law and Economic Cooperation, 1990
- Borough of Doylestown for service to the Borough Revitalization 1993 -2003
- Senate of Pennsylvania for Service to the Bucks County Community, 2010
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
American Bar Association
ABA Advanced Mediation Institute
Bucks County Bar Association:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee,(2002 – present)
- Women’s Law Division, 1998 – present
- The Writs, the Bar Association News Journal: Founder and Editor-in-Chief, (1990 – 2002)
- Director (1982 – 1984)(1988 – 1990) (2000 – 2002); 2016 – present
- Secretary (2002)
- Civil Litigation Division,(1981-1994)
- Chairman, Young Lawyers Division,(1982)
Bucks County Bar Association Charitable Foundation, Trustee (2006 – Present)
Federal Arbitration Panel, Member (2002 – Present)
Pro bono Legal Representative (1981 – Present)
Serves as Judge Pro Tem in mortgage foreclosures conferences; provides counsel for victims of domestic abuse
Senate Advisory Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution(2007 –2017)
Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention (March 2013 – Present)