Richard D. Lyons practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, corporate, estate planning and probate. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from Florida State University in 1991, his Master of Business from the University of Florida's Warrington School of Business in 1995, and his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the University of Florida's College of Law in 1995. Richard has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995. At the University of Florida, Richard was the editor-in-chief of the Florida Journal of International Law. This Journal placed a significant emphasis on commerce and transactions and the issues arising under the framework of international laws and treaties. Richard's article on the issues surrounding the conflicts between the European Union Charter, World Trade Organization and the separate treaties between some European countries and their former colonies due to significant market for bananas in the European Union was chosen for publication. This article, entitled the European Union Banana Controversy was published in the Florida Journal of Law in 1995. Richard served as general counsel, to George M. Steinbrenner, III, who besides being the principal owner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, has significant business interests in many areas including shipping, hospitality industry, horse racing, and entertainment. Richard's two years of employment with Mr. Steinbrenner was in essence a 'clerkship' on business. From this valuable experience, Richard has developed a strong understanding of how attorneys can best serve their business clients. Richard moved to southwest Florida in January of 1998. During that time, he was associated with Cummings & Lockwood and Bond, Schoeneck & King, with his primary emphasis being in real estate. In February of 2003, Richard was able to realize a dream when he and his father, Kevin M. Lyons, opened the doors to their new firm, Lyons & Lyons, P.A., with offices on both the east and west coasts of Florida.