David Lyles graduated from Emory Law School in 1998, and worked as an intern for the Atlanta Circuit (Fulton County) District Attorney’s Office while studying for the bar exam. On passing the bar, he was immediately hired by that office as an assistant district attorney.
Within two years David was promoted to senior assistant district attorney and became the lead prosecutor in his courtroom. He served the citizens of Atlanta in that capacity until 2004 when he accepted a position as an assistant district attorney in Forsyth County.
David joined the Paulding District Attorney’s Office in 2006 as a senior assistant district attorney and has remained in that position since then. David handles all types of felony cases, but his personal passion has been protecting and advocating for children. Most recently, he prosecuted an Acworth father who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for beating his 12 year-old son to death.
In addition to his Paulding Judicial Circuit caseload, David volunteers as a field supervisor for John Marshall Law School’s externship program. Three of the students he supervised through that program have since been hired and are currently working as assistant district attorneys in Paulding. David has also been appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to serve as a mentor to younger attorneys in the office.
At his alma mater, Emory Law School, David serves as a faculty instructor in their nationally recognized Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program, teaching students to prepare and try cases. He also volunteers to teach professionalism twice a year at Emory as part of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.
Engaging in his dedication to protect children, David serves on the board of directors for the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club and currently chairs the committee on board development. He is an active member of the board of directors for the Paulding County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and also volunteers on the Paulding County Public Safety board of directors.
In 2012, at the direction of the Paulding Judicial Circuit District Attorney, David developed and implemented a program designed to educate middle and high school students about the legal impact of their actions. The program was presented to eighth and ninth grade students throughout the school district. The following year, David presented the program at PTA summit nights at each high school in the county in an effort to reach and inform parents as well.
David is the 2014 recipient of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Recognition for Outstanding Service Award. He has also been selected as one of just ten attorneys statewide to receive the 2016 Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.
David is an Eagle Scout. He is a 2015 graduate of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce’s leadership program. David also is a freemason and a member of the Dallas Lodge #182 F.&A.M.
In 2013, David realized one of his longtime goals completing an Ironman Triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a full 26.2 marathon in less than seventeen hours.