NAPD is proud to announce that it has hired additional support to assist with the National Public Defense Survey Design Project, which is a project funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (within the Department of Justice). Jon started with NAPD on June 1st, and will dedicate his significant investigative talent toward this project. Jon is a long-time investigator with deep roots in the public defender community. In this role, Jon will also give NAPD increased capacity utilize our member database, and to learn more about the diversity for systems in which our members work. We are delighted that he has joined the team. Please learn a little more about Jon below:


Jonathan Lyon is currently a legal investigator for McClain Investigations and now also is working as the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense, assisting with the development and pilot of the first-ever national survey of public defenders, a project funded by the Department of Justice-Bureau of Justice Statistics. NAPD co-leads this project with its partners the Urban Institute and Indigent Defense Research Association (IDRA). 


Jon began his investigative background working in a private investigative firm and spent 12 years with the Office of the State Appellate Defender of Illinois. His primary focus has been on post-conviction death penalty cases.


In addition, Jon worked for LexisNexis as a national trainer of the CaseMap suite of software. He also worked for Lockheed Martin as a contractor supporting government attorneys and investigators with software and electronic discovery support needs.


Jon is a Certified Defense Investigator through DePaul's Center for Justice in Capital Cases and a Certified Trainer through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (department of Justice). He is also a well-traveled trainer. He has taught at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, Cardoza, DePaul, Kent, Iowa, and University of Michigan law schools.  He has also taught at the National Defense Investigator Associations Annual Conferences, National Association of Legal Investigators Annual Conference, the Innocence Project, NACDL, Federal Defender's Winning Strategies Conferences, Life in the Balance NAPD’s webinar series, and numerous state and county public defender conferences. Jon is the Creator/Webmaster for the internationally utilized website His home office is in Chicago, IL.