Kristofer Lyons

Assistant Attorney
Jones County
AGE: 39

What is the best advice you ever received?

“Plans are nothing, planning is everything,” from Dwight D. Eisenhower. Having one plan is not good enough. If you’re good at planning, you’re ready to go no matter what happens.

What was your biggest break?

Getting accepted into the University of Iowa College of Law.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?

Communication skills are the single most important aspect of being an attorney. It’s not just about being prepared or being ready to go into court. Communication is the silver bullet that allows you to talk to your client about what is achievable, to convey a message to a jury and communicate with opposing counsel.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?

Making sure that every child in the Corridor has the proper school supplies and gets proper nutrition and housing. I handle our juvenile docket and I see how people struggling with many aspects of poverty also struggle with their parenting responsibilities. It’s a cyclical challenge, and if we can take better care of kids now, we can help to alleviate other problems in the future.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?

Visit every Disney Park in the world.