Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP (as of September 1, 2013, Lewis and Roca LLP) partner, James M. Lyons was appointed Ireland's Honorary Consul in the Denver Metropolitan area by Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D. to promote the development of Ireland's community and business relations in Denver.
President Clinton appointed Mr. Lyons as the US Observer to the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) in 1993. Mr. Lyons was later appointed to succeed Senator George Mitchell as Special Adviser for the President and Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in Ireland. He served in this role from 1996 to 2001. In these roles, Mr. Lyons worked to promote cross-community cooperation between the religious traditions and communities in the north of Ireland. He was responsible for numerous economic initiatives in support of the peace process, including Aspire Micro Loans for Business, the first micro-enterprise loan fund in Western Europe. In recognition of his service to the people of Northern Ireland Mr. Lyons was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Ulster in 2002.
Mr. Lyons' area of practice is focused in complex business litigation and arbitration of all types, including corporate, securities and insurance law. Mr. Lyons has more than 35 years of courtroom and jury trial experience in state and federal courts. He also has extensive government relations and international trade and diplomatic experience from his work in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Lyons is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Lyons received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.