Dedicated Immigration Representation, Helping Clients Across Ohio

Catha Nicol Lyons

Catha Nicol Lyons

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Practice Areas:

  • Immigration Law


As an immigration lawyer, I use the U.S. immigration laws to keep families together by finding creative immigration solutions for individuals who have complex immigration histories such as prior deportations, multiple illegal entries, or criminal convictions. I am one of the few immigration lawyers in Ohio to handle human trafficking cases and federal court immigration litigation. I also handle complex family-based immigration cases, including helping survivors of domestic abuse obtain lawful status in the United States.

My bilingual staff and I work efficiently so that our clients can get results sooner. Communication is extremely important to us, returning every phone call, text message, or email. We understand that no case is more important than your own.

I am the Managing Member of Larson & Lyons, LLC and licensed to practice law in both New Mexico and Ohio. However, I counsel clients throughout the United States and abroad in their immigration matters. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on multiple national committees. I am also admitted to practice before the Executive Office of

Immigration Review, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Outside the practice of immigration law, I am the proud parent to two loving daughters, Leila and Sanaz, and the wife to my incredible husband, Chris. Without the benefit of the U.S. immigration laws, our family would not have been possible. He is a first generation American, whose family immigrated from Iran.


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Law Review: University of Dayton Law Review, Staff Writer, 2011 - 2012
  • Wright State University
    • B.A. - 2010
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Philosophy

Bar Admission

  • New Mexico, 2013
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2021

Published Works

  • The Trump Administration's Recent Efforts to Undermine Asylum, Explained, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2019
  • The Detective Work of Asylum Cases: How Surgeons Can Help, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2018
  • The government has a duty to follow the law on immigration , The Columbus Dispatch, 2018


  • Super Lawyers – Raising Star, 2020 - 2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion, 2019 - 2022
  • Outstanding Senior in Philosophy, 2010

Classes & Seminars

  • Immigration Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers, Dayton Bar Association, 2021

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney – Immigration Justice Campaign, 2018


  • English
  • Spanish

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2012 to Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – New Member Steering Committee, Committee Member, 2021 to 2022
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Online Course and Recorded Content Review Committee, Committee Member, 2022 to 2023
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member, 2018 to Present
  • Dayton Bar Association, Member, 2018 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney & Managing Member