Published : Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 11:16 AM
Hahn & Hahn Partner D. Jason LyonThe annual roundup is a Who’s Who of the county’s most influential lawyers of diverse backgrounds. Lyon, a litigator whose practice emphasizes complex commercial disputes, is Hahn & Hahn’s first openly LGBTQ partner.
“The legal industry has come a long way in recognizing the work of talented attorneys who happen to be people of color or LGBTQ-identified,” Lyon noted, “but we still have work to do. It is an honor to be included in this group of great lawyers working to build a more inclusive industry and a more just and equitable society.”
According to Business Journal Publisher & CEO, Anna Magzanyan, the Top Minority Attorneys list features attorneys who are “particularly impactful and who maintain the highest professional and ethical standards” while making substantial contributions to the Los Angeles business and legal communities at large. The selection committee considered the scope, quality, and complexity of nominees’ legal work in addition to their civic engagement. More than 200 attorneys were nominated for the recognition, of which approximately 60 were selected.
“This is a great honor for Jason, and well-deserved,” said Hahn & Hahn Managing Partner Karl Swaidan. “Jason is a fearless litigator, a zealous advocate for his clients, and an active member of the community.”
Lyon joined Hahn & Hahn from the global law firm, Latham & Watkins, in 2017. His practice focuses on litigation involving complex financial matters and intricate fact patterns. The Business Journal highlighted his recent work representing a major medical billing provider in a fraud and conversion claim against a collection agency, resulting in admission of liability, confession of judgment, and complete restitution of more than $1.5 million in stolen funds. Lyon also recently won a five-day trial defending a substantial family estate against a challenge to the legitimacy of its governing trust instrument.
Prior to practicing law, Lyon produced documentary films.
“People are often surprised to find that I used to work in film and television,” Lyon noted. “For me, it always felt like a natural progression. What interested me about documentaries was telling a powerful and impactful story about my subject. That’s really the same thing I do for my clients in the courtroom every day. Good litigation is, first and foremost, good storytelling.”
As Hahn & Hahn’s Hiring Partner, Lyon has emphasized the firm’s diversity hiring initiative. He was instrumental in Hahn & Hahn’s certification as a Women & Minority Owned Business Enterprise.
Lyon is a prominent figure in the local non-profit scene, as well. He serves on the boards of Young & Healthy, Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. Lyon is also a member of the Pasadena Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
About Hahn & Hahn LLP
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