Honorable Raymond T. Lyons (Retired) Joins FedArb as Mediation and Arbitration Panelist

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Judge Lyons has joined the FedArb roster of former federal judges as an arbitration and mediation panelist focusing on complex bankruptcy and restructuring cases.

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Judge Lyons is renowned for his innovative and practical solutions in resolving complex bankruptcy cases.

Federal Arbitration, Inc., (“FedArb”) the leading provider of Federal Rules – based dispute resolution services, today announced that the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons (Ret.) has joined the FedArb roster of former federal judges as an arbitration and mediation panelist. Judge Lyons is among the most respected and prominent bankruptcy jurists in the country, and for almost fifteen years presided over many high-profile and complex bankruptcy and restructuring cases as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge.

“Judge Lyons is renowned among the judiciary, business community and the bar for his innovative and practical solutions in resolving complex bankruptcy cases,” said the Honorable Abraham D. Sofaer (Ret.), Founder and Chairman of the Board at FedArb. “His addition to our esteemed mediation and arbitration panel brings an invaluable resource to clients facing litigation that could determine business outcomes,” Sofaer continued.

“I’m looking forward to working together with FedArb in resolving their clients’ complex bankruptcy and restructuring issues in a mediation and arbitration forum,” said Judge Lyons. “I have many years of insight and practical experience to offer even the most difficult cases and I’m excited to meet these new challenges,” he continued.

Most recently, Judge Lyons served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey from 1999 to 2013. He completed mediation training offered jointly by the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John’s University School of Law in their inaugural program and was appointed to the Panel of Mediators for the Bankruptcy Courts in Delaware and the Southern District of New York. Judge Lyons served as mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, where one of his most high-profile mediations was the Chapter 11 case filed by bank holding company Washington Mutual, Inc., following the largest bank failure in history. The mediation led to a bankruptcy exit plan valued at $7 billion and spawned mediation with additional groups of claimants.

Prior to his appointment to the bench Judge Lyons led the bankruptcy department of a major New Jersey law firm, primarily representing secured lenders and other creditors in corporate Chapter 11 cases. During the economic downturn and banking crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he represented the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in bankruptcy matters and commercial litigation. Upon retiring from the bench in July 2013 Judge Lyons joined Fox Rothschild’s Princeton office as of counsel in the firm’s Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department.

An active participant in the bar, Judge Lyons is a former chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Pro Bono Services Committee. In 1999, he received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Legislative Services Award for his work in spearheading the passage of a law providing counsel to indigent children and parents in guardianship and parental rights proceedings.

In 1997, Judge Lyons was recognized by Legal Services of New Jersey with the Equal Justice Award for his role as chair of the NJSBA Bankruptcy Law Section’s Pro Bono Bankruptcy Committee. For many years he taught banking law and legal writing as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Seton Hall University School of Law.

Judge Lyons received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. in Mathematics from Lehigh University.

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