Duane Lyons is a partner in the Los Angeles Office, and his practice includes a variety of litigation and counseling services in the areas of complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lyons served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1991-2001. During that time, he successfully prosecuted over 25 criminal trials and argued more than a dozen cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1999-2001, he also served as the Chief of the Criminal Complaints Section where he was responsible for making charging decisions for the majority of criminal cases filed in the Central District of California.
Mr. Lyons has used his expertise in criminal law to successfully represent individuals and corporations in criminal investigations, asset forfeiture cases and administrative proceedings before a variety of state and federal investigative agencies. Mr. Lyons has also represented major corporations in civil law enforcement actions filed by local prosecutors under California's Unfair Competition and False Advertising Laws.
During his tenure as an AUSA, Mr. Lyons received awards from numerous law enforcement organizations. He also received a personal commendation from the Attorney General of the United States for his work on the successful civil rights prosecution of the Los Angeles police officers involved in the Rodney King beating. In addition, Mr. Lyons received Special Achievement Awards from the Department of Justice in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. In 2000, he received the Attorney General's John Marshall Award, the highest award given to attorneys within the Justice Department, for his role as lead prosecutor in Operation Casablanca, the largest money laundering case in U.S. history.