Buena Vista Lyons serves as the office managing partner for FordHarrison's Dallas office and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

She has focused her practice on exclusively defending management in employment litigation matters for over 20 years. Employers turn to Vista to defend them before federal and state courts and administrative agencies across the nation involving Title VII discrimination claims (race, color, sex, religion, and national origin); ADEA (age), ADA/ADAAA (disability) and Equal Pay Act claims; ERISA Section 510 discrimination and denial of benefits claims; FMLA discrimination/interference claims; FLSA and state wage and hour claims; SOX whistleblower/retaliation and other wrongful termination claims; tort claims and claims for breach of contract, including employment, non-disclosure and restrictive covenant agreements. The employers she represents span a broad range of industries, including the airline, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, logistics, and financial services industries. Vista also has experience handling international employment matters for globally-based clients through the firm’s position as sole US member of the global employment law firm alliance, Ius Laboris.

In addition to her national litigation practice, Vista also regularly provides advice and training to managers on state and federal employment compliance issues and regulations, workplace investigations, anti-harassment/discrimination policies and complaint procedures, and effective management techniques to minimize the risk of disputes and litigation.  The transactional side of Vista's practice also includes preparation and analysis of a variety of corporate agreements, including executive compensation, change-in-control, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements.

Vista is also actively involved in her community and local bar associations. She served as a Director of the Dallas Bar Association in 2004 and 2005, and as President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association in 2005. She currently serves on the board of directors of two local non-profit organizations, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute.

During law school, Vista was awarded the Dean's Achievement Award in Corporate and Securities Law, was named Champion and Best Brief Award recipient of the National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, and was the recipient of the Lucy M. Moore Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a large regional airline in an FMLA interference/retaliation and ADA discrimination action
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict for a hospital in a whistleblower/retaliation case filed under the Texas Occupations Code for alleged constructive discharge
  • Obtained dismissal of preliminary injunctive relief sought in a breach of non-solicitation of customers and non-disclosure action (see published opinion at 869 F. Supp. 2d 761 (N.D. TX 2012))
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a large regional airline in an ERISA 510 discrimination and defamation action
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a local municipality in a race discrimination class action; affirmed on appeal by the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
  • Successfully obtained a Federal Rule 12 dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and improper service of process for a national medical services provider and was awarded approximately $30,000 in attorneys' fees in monetary sanctions
  • Successfully defended a large international engineering/research company in a Sarbanes-Oxley retaliatory discharge action before the DOL
Honors & Awards
  • "Top 15 Business Women in Dallas," National Diversity Council, 2016
  • "Company and Executive Women Worth Watching," 2014 Award Winner, Diversity Journal
  • "Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas," National Diversity Council, 2012
  • "Texas Super Lawyers," by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers magazine, 2012-2019
  • Lawyers of Color Power List 2020