Gebhardt & Kiefer, P.C., Hunterdon County’s oldest and
largest law firm, is pleased to announce that Matthew P. Lyons, Esq., has joined the firm as a
Partner. His practice will focus on civil litigation, primarily in the areas of municipal, insurance
defense, civil rights, and representation of municipal government and other public entities.
Lyons is an accomplished attorney with nearly 25 years of experience, including extensive
experience in local government. He served for six years as County Counsel for the County of
Gloucester, and for four years as Assistant County Counsel. As County Counsel, he managed all
County legal matters, including preparation of the agenda package for the Board of Chosen
Freeholders. With a staff of eight lawyers, he oversaw all County purchasing to ensure it
complied with Public Contracts laws. He also managed the defense of all legal claims brought
against the County, including claims for civil rights, personnel, employment, general liability,
Open Public Records, and claims against public officials.
As a public servant, Lyons served for eight years on the Township Council for Washington
Township (Gloucester County). He served as Mayor for two years and Council President for
four years. In addition, he served as Public Defender for the Borough of Glassboro, Planning
Board Solicitor for the Township of Mantua, Commissioner for the Tri-County Joint Insurance
Fund, and Assistant Counsel for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services.
In his private practice, Lyons has done extensive trial work specializing in civil defense
litigation, including civil rights matters, claims against public entities, automobile negligence,
and products liability.
Lyons holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a
Juris Doctorate from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He is licensed to
practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
“We are very pleased to have a lawyer with Matt’s skills and breath of government experience
join our practice,” said senior partner Richard Cushing. “The combination of having been a
Mayor and County Counsel provides a wealth of knowledge and judgment for our municipal
government clients. We expect Matt’s long experience as a Mayor, Councilman, and public
lawyer will add a new, exciting dimension to our firm.”
Gebhardt & Kiefer has a strong reputation in municipal law, civil litigation, personal injury,
matrimonial and family law, employment law, civil rights, real estate law, business law, estate
planning and administration, and representation of public entities in litigation. The firm has
provided legal services to residents, municipalities, and businesses in central and northwestern
New Jersey and statewide for 133 years.