Ed Lyons practiced with the firm from 1989 until his death on February 4, 2016 after a long fight with cancer. He was a professional in every sense of the word. He was highly respected by our clients, by the courts in which he practiced and by all of us, his colleagues. Ed was a good man and a good friend. We will miss him.
Ed received his undergraduate degree in 1982 from Oral Roberts University and graduated in 1985 from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as President of the Federalist Society. He was licensed to practice law in North Carolina and South Carolina and was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and all of the Federal Courts in North and South Carolina. He served the nation as an Assistant United States Attorney during the Reagan Administration from 1985-1989, and was presented a Special Achievement Award by the United States Attorney General for sustained superior performance of duty.
Ed concentrated his practice primarily in community association law, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and construction law. His cases have received coverage in publications ranging from the local Charlotte Observer and Charlotte Business Journal to the internationally distributed Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Ed and the firm were mentioned in connection with a 1993 case summarized in the 2007 book, National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling.
Ed served as a member of the Iredell County Board of Elections from 2007 to 2016, becoming its Chairman in 2013. He served as Treasurer of the Iredell County Republican Party and as a member of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party. He also served on the Boards of various Christian ministries and schools and as a Hearing Officer for the Charlotte Housing Authority. He was a member of the Southern Gospel Music Association and was a past member of the Cauliflower Alley Club.
He is survived by his wife, Terry, and their 3 grown daughters.