The Honorable Catherine Lyons

San Francisco Superior Court

Court Info

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)


As a judge, Catherine Lyons was intolerant of displays of temper or interruptions of fellow attorneys, and she valued punctuality. She was good at tracking evidence, taking notes.

Lyons spent several years as an associate, doing civil litigation, and handling insurance defense. She started a mediation and arbitration practice focused on real estate broker malpractice cases.


  • J.D. from Hastings College of the Law (1979)


  • Pro tem commissioner at San Francisco County Superior Court in San Francisco County, California (1992 to 1996)