Barbara N. Lyons, Esquire
Barbara N. Lyons, Esquire founded the Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center (BCMAC) to provide parties to disputes with alternatives to traditional litigation. An experienced attorney since 1981, Barbara has practiced law as both a defense attorney and a plaintiffs’ attorney as a partner with Randolph Scott and Pratt Brett Lyons and Luce. This gives her a unique perspective on the resolution of legal matters – with a penchant to cut through the clutter and resolve disputes. Barbara has been a dedicated neutral attorney since 1994 when she focused her practice in all methods of resolving disputes outside of the court system.
The daughter of a Philadelphia police officer, Barbara went to work at age 13 to help support her parents and five siblings after her father was injured on the job. She put herself through college and law school, having earned her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. in 1981 from Temple University School of Law.
Barbara is admitted to practice law in the Courts for the County of Bucks, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a court appointed arbitrator and member of the Federal Arbitration Panel. Barbara also serves as a court appointed Parent Coordinator for the Bucks County Family Court handling difficult and ongoing family custody cases. Just before founding BCMAC, Barbara was teaching peer mediation to school children in Bucks County and decided to bring her talents to the legal community.
Barbara has served as a member of the faculty at the ABA Advanced Mediation Institute. As a member of the Senate Advisory Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Barbara works to create systems of alternative dispute resolution throughout the Commonwealth. She helped create the mediation program for the Bucks County civil court system which provides the alternative of mediation to litigation.
An active member of the legal community, Barbara 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.
Barbara also serves the greater community as the Bucks County Pennsylvania, Doylestown Township Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Prior to this appointment in 2002, she served for several years as Chairman of Doylestown Township’s Park and Recreation Board. Barbara chairs the Township Golf Outing and is the past chair of the Townships’ annual Oktoberfest. She has volunteered time and talents to numerous organizations and has provided pro bono legal representation to abused women for nearly three decades. Most recently, Barbara helped create the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program for Bucks County.
Barbara serves the community in various other ways including serving as a director, and past president, at CB Cares Educational Foundation, and as a counselor to women and families in transition.
Barbara is a member of the newly formed Doylestown Comfort Choir, affiliated with Doylestown Hospital. The women who make up the Comfort Choir are musicians and volunteers who sing to patients in home Hospice care or in assisted care facilities in the Central Bucks community.
A frequent lecturer at high schools and universities, she and her husband, Rick Lyons, are the proud parents of three adult children all of whom attend or are alumni of Villanova University. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys spending time with family and singing in her church choir.
Awards & Honors
- Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce VIA Women in Business Leadership Award
- Arthur B. Walsh, Jr. Bucks County Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award
- Bucks County Bar Association President's Award
- Central Bucks Community Service Award from the Bucks County Council, Boy Scouts of America
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Attorney Award
- Community Service Award from CB Cares
- Doylestown Rotary Service Above Self 4-Way Test Award
- Commendations and Resolutions from: The Borough of Doylestown, Doylestown Township, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Senate of Pennsylvania, the County Theater, CB Cares, Tobacco-free Education and Action Coalition, the Kremlin Palace for contribution to the success of the Moscow Conference on Law and Economic Cooperation
- Soroptomist International of Bucks County Award for Advocacy for Economic and Social Development