Magistrate Lyons, Monticello, was appointed to the bench on August 24, 2015. He earned his B.A. in Politics from Loras College in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004, with distinction. Beginning in 2004 until his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice with the law firm of Shimanek, Shimanek and Bowman in Monticello, Iowa. He was also an Assistant Jones County Attorney beginning in February 2014 until August of 2015. He is a member, and past president, of the Jones County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court. He is married and has three children.