Business 100 – 2019

Desmond Lyons/Lyons McGovern

A founder of the New York-based law firm Lyons McGovern, LLP, Desmond manages the legal needs of domestic and international high-growth companies, finance professionals, government entities, and high net worth individuals. Desmond acts as outside counsel to businesses, corporate boards and executives, advising on all areas of contracts, litigation, employment / HR law and strategic planning. Desmond is also a member of the Lawyer’s Committee for the Inner-City Scholarship Fund and the Ireland-U.S. Council. His peers have selected Desmond for several years running as a Super Lawyer in the New York metro area. Desmond has appeared as a legal analyst on the FOX News Channel and on WFAS News Radio. He resides in Westchester County with his wife Kerry and their five children Liam, Ciara, Kevin, Declan, and Cormac. He was recently awarded the Dave Wade Heart of Gold Award by Abbott House, a not-for-profit that serves families with complex needs. Des has a deep affection for Ireland, County Cork in particular. Des’s father, Dr. Michael J. Lyons (a former Irish America Top 100 honoree) emigrated with Des’s mom to the U.S. in 1960.