THE DALLAS NEW ERA – Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dallas attorney Thomas David Lyles will be honored by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism with the 17th Annual Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. Since 1998 these awards have recognized judges and lawyers from the ten judicial districts across Georgia who have made outstanding contributions in the area of community service. The recognitions will be presented on February 23, 2016.

Thomas David Lyles, a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Paulding Judicial District since April of 2006, is responsible for nearly 100 felony cases and litigates serious violent crimes and child sexual assault cases. David adds an impressive record of community service. His nominator says, “I have the privilege of knowing many civic-minded people and having many selfless friends and colleagues, but I know of no person more active in my community than David Lyles.”

Lyles also served in the District Attorney’s Office of the Bell-Forsyth Circuit in Cumming (2004-2006) and in the District Attorney’s Office for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in Atlanta as a Senior Assistant District Attorney (November 1998-February 2004) handling a caseload of more than 500 felony cases.

Mr. Lyles received his J.D. in 1998 from Emory University School of Law and earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in 1994 from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He has taught Trial Techniques as an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law School (2012-2016), as an Instructor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council Basic Litigation Program (2013-2016) and at other professional training programs. As a volunteer, Lyles has for many years taught courtroom demeanor and report writing to local law enforcement officers in the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, City of Hiram Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department and the Atlanta Police Department.

David truly exemplifies the motto of ‘service over self’.


Deeply involved in the Paulding community, Mr. Lyles has been a board member of the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club (2014-2016; Chair, Board Development), Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Board (2012-2016), Paulding County Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2015-2016). As a board member of the Paulding County Meth Alliance from 2007 to 2009, Lyles raised drug awareness of Paulding County families and children; this organization later became the Paulding County Family Alliance and he served on that board from 2009 to 2011. Lyles is a 2014-2015 member of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Class #25. As a member of the Paulding County Bar Association, he co-chaired the 2014 Legal Food Frenzy food drive. He is also a member of the Cobb County Bar Association.

In the community, in 2013 Mr. Lyles was a guest speaker at all five Paulding County high school Parent-Teacher Association Community Summits, informing parents about the court system. In 2012, he created, organized, and led a program visiting all the high schools and middle schools in the county, speaking to 8th and 9th grade students about the courts and the law. A member of Dallas Lodge #182 Free and Accepted Masons since 2007, he was its 2012 Worshipful Master and its 2008 Ambassador to the Masonic Children’s Home. Mr. Lyles and his family are members of McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, where he is a Vacation Bible School, Christmas Workshop and Semi-Annual Consignment Sale volunteer. The Lyles family hosted two German exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year. As an endorse confirms, “David truly exemplifies the motto of ‘service over self’.”

Mr. Lyles was one of twelve attorneys and judges who were recognized at the State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, N.W. in Atlanta.