Bruce W. Lyon

Bruce W. Lyon received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and graduated, with honors, from DePaul University College of Law in 1984.  Mr. Lyon has represented clients in a variety of civil matters including construction litigation, products liability, trucking, commercial litigation, medical negligence and toxic torts.  Mr. Lyon has represented several national general contractors in construction accident litigation as well as breach of contract disputes and insurance coverage cases.  Mr. Lyon has also coordinated the national defense of asbestos litigation for two major railroads and handled over 1,000 open files in the northern half of Illinois for a major asbestos manufacturer.  Mr. Lyon has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers as a Leading Illinois Attorney as published in Law and Leading Attorneys.  Mr. Lyon can be contacted at

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Illinois State Bar
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Areas of Practice:
Construction Law
Transportation Law
Trucking Law
Products Liability Law
Toxic Torts
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury-Defense
Insurance Law
Medical Malpractice

Representative Cases:

  • Successfully defended a private homeowners association before the Illinois Supreme Court in a case alleging unlawful stop and false imprisonment involving a private security guard and upheld the right of homeowners groups to enforce local policies. (See Article).

  • Defended towing company in wrongful death action where tow truck was on roadway without flares when passenger of disabled vehicle was killed when struck by automobile.  Verdict for defendant towing company.

  • Prosecuted plaintiff commercial dispute in which plaintiff corporation sued a customer for unauthorized use of software.  Defendant customer had licensed the product for a number of systems but was alleged to be using the software on a number of unlicensed systems.  Case settled for more than double the pre-suit demand by corporation.

  • Defended third-party defendant company in personal injury action by ironworker who fell 30 feet from platform after losing balance due to fumes in his work area.  Case settled for seven figures, but third-party defendant company, who contributed to the production of fumes, paid less than 2% of the settlement.

  • Defended general contractor in Structural Work Act case brought by plaintiff carpenter.  Plaintiff, in his 30’s, was injured while sheeting a roof and required two cervical fusions. He was unable to return to his prior employment, incurred over $100,000 in medical bills, and claimed several hundred thousand dollars in lost income.  Case settled for less than 75% of the plaintiff’s medical bills.  After settlement, we pursued declaratory judgment action against the insurer of plaintiff’s employer and recovered 50% of defense costs and indemnity payments.

  • Defended trucking company in wrongful death and personal injury action.  Decedent was driving a vehicle with plaintiff as a passenger.  Decedent’s vehicle was struck by the defendant trucking company’s vehicle.  Verdict for the defendant on wrongful death case, and the defendant was apportioned only 25% on plaintiff’s personal injury case.