Equality and Anti-Discrimination Lawyers

Meet Vara

Vara Lyons

Of Counsel

Vara is a former Assistant District Attorney from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in New York, where she spent four years prosecuting hundreds of misdemeanors and felony offenses, including violent, domestic abuse and sex-related offenses. She also served as a member of the specialized Human Trafficking Unit.

Vara also worked at a prominent plaintiff’s firm in New York City, where she litigated cases on behalf of sexual abuse survivors, including those who had been abused by members of the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts organizations.

At McAllister Olivarius, Vara continues to work on a variety of cases on behalf of sexual abuse survivors, as well as victims of workplace discrimination and harassment under Title IX and Title VII. She currently plays a key role in a trafficking case against the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and former professor Gary Xu.

Vara is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, where she was a Dean’s Fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program, President of the Art Law & Entertainment Society, and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Journal. During law school, she also served as a legal fellow for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, where she performed key research for Congressional hearings on sexual assault in the military.

I will always be grateful for your unwavering support of me. Equally, I will always be grateful for showing me how to find my voice and strength.

Title IX case against UCLA, client confidential

It was such a weight off our shoulders; suddenly somebody else with a lot more experience was managing the case.

Sandeep Mander, Mander and Mander v. Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and anor

We really thought that there was nothing that anybody could do for us. We were wrong.

Dr Celeste Kidd, Aslin et al v. University of Rochester et al

To get the result you got you must be as tough with your legal opposites as you are kind and understanding to your clients.

AOA client, confidential

Compared with other law firms I’ve worked with, no one matches the combination that McO has of experience, brilliance, ferocious fighting and deep empathy for their clients.

Dr Holly Atkinson, Atkinson et al v. Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. et al

Because my case could not bear public scrutiny, a very powerful institution used massive financial resources to try to crush me for asking for my disability rights. This was a huge mistake, as they didn’t know that I would obtain McO representation. I couldn’t ask for better representation.

Disability Rights client, confidential

I would like to say from bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to all the team. Now I can go and forget my former employer. God bless you all.

Unfair Dismissal client, confidential