Matthew Lyon is Acting Dean of the Duncan School of Law, as well as Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law. From 2008 to 2011, he served as the
Senior Judicial Clerk to Justice Gary R. Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Prior to
working for Justice Wade, Professor Lyon was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in
Chicago. His practice focused on securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions
litigation, and energy regulatory work. He has represented corporations and their
officers and directors in federal securities fraud class actions, SEC investigations, and
directors’ and officers’ liability claims. He also counseled Illinois’ largest electric
utility regarding a variety of regulatory and legislative matters. In addition, he was
involved in the firm’s pro bono efforts, representing a death row prisoner in Alabama in
his post-conviction proceedings. Professor Lyon is a member of the Tennessee bar and is
also licensed (but currently inactive) in Illinois. 

Professor Lyon graduated cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where
he was co-champion of the school’s internal moot court competition, a member of the
National Moot Court team, and Coordinating Comment Editor of The Journal of Criminal Law
and Criminology. During law school, Professor Lyon externed for the U.S. Attorney’s
Office and U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, both in the Northern District of
Illinois, and was a research assistant to Professor Dorothy Roberts. 

Prior to law school, Professor Lyon worked as a Social Science Analyst in the Office of
the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped develop a research agenda to
evaluate the effects of the 1996 welfare reform law and worked with states and private
research organizations to conduct and analyze that research. Professor Lyon holds a
Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from the
College of William and Mary. 

Professor Lyon served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at LMU-DSOL for two years prior to
joining the full-time faculty. His research is focused on business law, civil litigation,
and the interaction between the federal and state procedural systems. Professor Lyon
teaches Civil Procedure, Contracts, Business Organizations, and Commercial Transactions.




"Workers' Compensation and the Separation of Powers in Tennessee", Tennessee Association for Justice Seminar on Workers' Compensation (2012)


Redefining Summary Judgment By Statute: Has the General Assembly Overruled the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Decision in Hannan? (with Judy M. Cornett), CLE Presentation to East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (2012)