Experienced, Respected
Civil Litigation Attorneys
Vara Gartin Lyons

Location: Jackson office

Practice Areas

  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
  • Litigation




Cosmich Simmons & Brown is pleased to announce that Vara Lyons has joined the firm as an associate in the firm's Jackson, Mississippi office. Vara brings over 8 years of litigation and advocacy experience with her. Vara previously served as a Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney and litigated sexual abuse cases in private practice. Most recently, Vara was the ACLU of Mississippi's policy counsel, where she represented various plaintiffs in a redistricting matter and advocated for progressive legislation. The addition of Vara greatly enhances the Firm's capabilities in the State of New York as Vara is a member of the New York State Bar as well as the Mississippi State Bar.


  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2015
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. - 2010
    • Major: Art History with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Mississippi

Professional Associations

  • Capital Area Bar Association, Member, 2023 to Present
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, Member, 2023 to Present

Classes & Seminars

  • Voting Rights Developments in MS, Prof. Yvette Butler at Ole Miss Law, 2022
  • Reproductive Rights in MS, Jackson State University, 2022
  • LGBTQ Voting Issues in MS, ACLU of MS, 2022
  • Reproductive Rights in the South, ACLU Southern Collective, 2022

Past Positions

  • ACLU of Mississippi, Policy Counsel, 2021 to 2023
  • McAllister Olivarius, Of Counsel, 2021 to 2021