Patricia H. Lyon


Direct Line: (415) 597-7849

Fax: (415) 243-8200


Ms. Lyon specializes in commercial loan documentation and workouts, and in enforcement of secured creditor’s rights and remedies in state court actions and bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Lyon’s commercial loan documentation practice includes multi-state secured transactions ranging from $1,000,000 to $100,000,000. Ms. Lyon has successfully prosecuted hundreds of state court actions to enforce commercial loan documents, obtaining prejudgment writs of attachment and writs of possession in a variety of commercial cases. In addition, Ms. Lyon has successfully obtained the appointment of receivers in State and federal courts to protect security interests in real and personal property, thereby preserving assets and maximizing the return to the secured lender. In MLQ Investors, L.P. v. Pacific Quadracasting, Inc. 146 F.3d 746 (9th Cir. 1998), Ms. Lyon successfully argued that the rights of the secured lender included the rights to distribution of the proceeds of sale of a radio broadcast license, resolving this case of first impression in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Lyon’s insolvency practice includes protecting creditors’ rights through relief from stay, relief from turnover by court-appointed receivers, and objections to and stipulations for use of cash collateral. In addition, Ms. Lyon has successfully objected to Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 Plans based on lack of feasibility and unfair treatment, defended against cram-downs and preferential transfer and other avoidance actions, and prosecuted non-dischargeability complaints in connection with borrower fraud.

Ms. Lyon graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1986. She is a member of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the State Bar of California.