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Neil Tyra

Noel's Husband, Bernadette's Dad, Clark's Father – My Three Best Roles

So who am I and what am I about?

Noel and our dog Rosaline
Noel and our dog Rosalind

First I was Noel's husband. I'm married (38 years and counting) to a long time resident of Rockville whose family goes back three generations.

Then I became Bernadette's dad. Seems like it was just yesterday but she is all grown up now, a graduate of the University of Southern California (Fight On, Trojans!), and a working stage actress in Hollywood.

Bernadette and Lola the Wonder Dog
Bernadette and Lola the Wonder Dog
Clark the Shark
Clark the Shark

And then I was Clark's father. An outstanding soccer player and wrestler (captain of both teams), who is now a math and education graduate of the University of North Carolina-Asheville that currently resides in the beautiful downtown area of San Diego, CA.

So yes, my children are on the west coast and we are on the east coast. Lots of cell phone minutes and frequent flyer miles.


I went to law school late in life after success in several other careers. I started cooking for a living all over Annapolis when I was young. Then I spent 20+ years building systems for NASA and the DOD as an information systems management specialist (my undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland). All the while I was a practicing martial artist and came to own and operate a highly successful martial arts studio (4th-degree black belt). Finally, I entered law school at The Catholic University of America here in Washington, DC. I did most of my intern work during law school at the Montgomery County State's Attorney's office before joining a small boutique law firm in DC (which has now become fabulously successful) doing personal injury law. In 2007 I left that firm to form my own solo practice. Since then, I have transitioned first to family law and now to primarily estate planning, probate administration, adult guardianships, and adoption.

The Boring Resumé Stuff

Neil W. Tyra is a solo practitioner and the driving force behind The Tyra Law Firm, LLC. His practice focuses primarily on estate planning, probate administration, adult guardianships, and adoption. Prior to creating The Tyra Law Firm, LLC, Mr. Tyra was an attorney with the Washington DC firm of Simeone & Miller, LLP.  Before entering law school, Mr. Tyra had a long and successful career in information systems and technology management for some of Washington D.C.'s largest technology firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation.

Mr. Tyra is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Montgomery County Bar Association.

Mr. Tyra is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. He received his undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Tyra is also the creator and host of the popular podcast, The Law Entrepreneur. This podcast answers the questions “what they didn't teach us about running a business in law school”. The podcast is available on iiTunes and is heard throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia to name a few countries.

Mr. Tyra is a long time supporter of soccer in the Washington DC area. He was an original investor in Major League Soccer and sat on the Board of Directors for DC United for the first four years of the team's existence. In addition, he is a former member of the Board of Directors for both Soccer '94 and DC Scores (the predecessor of America Scores). He is also the founder of the Kenshin Karate School and has been an active practicing black belt in Japanese karate for over twenty-five years.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2004
  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 2005


  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D.
  • University College, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, B.A., Information Systems Management

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rotary, Member, 1990 – 1996

Past Employment

  • Computer Sciences Corporation, Project Manager, 1988 – 1994
  • ORI, Inc., Systems Engineer, 1980 – 1988

Recent Blog Posts


  • We were Very Satisfied

    We were Very Satisfied with our Estate Planning experience with Mr Tyra and his associates. Our goals for being prepared with all pertinent Estate Planning documents were met. All advice given was clear & concise, and our questions were answered completely & satisfactorily. Thank you!  
  • I have turned to Mr. Tyra time and time and again

    My experience with The Tyra Law Firm, LLC was much easier than I thought it would be. I used their services on three separate occasions- the first time was while I was going through my divorce, the second time I asked for help with a personal injury case and received a wonderful referral to a law...
  • He Asks the Right Questions!

    Neil and his staff asked all the right questions to represent our wishes and presented our estate planning documents in prompt and accurate fashion.
  • Explains Legal Matters Clearly

    Neil Tyra was a Godsend to me just when I most needed help. He is professional yet warm, knowledgeable yet explains legal matters clearly, and very patient. I highly recommend him and this firm.
  • I had high anxiety... he helped identify the decisions I needed to make!

    The experience with Tyra Law Firm was easy. I went into the process with high anxiety and Neil explained it and walked me through each step. He helped me figure out what estate documents were needed and what decisions I needed to make.
  • We Never Felt Pressured...(and)...Accomplished Everything We Wanted

    My wife and I went to Neil for our Wills, Powers of Attorney, and medical directives. He explained the various options available, and we were able to create a set of documents to meet our needs. We never felt pressured to pick any particular plan, but instead were encouraged to make our own decis...
  • Doctors Told Me There Was Nothing They Could Do for My Mom

    The Drs. told me there was nothing they could do and that Mother had 3 to 6 months to live. Mother said, “I think we better get an attorney”. I was fortunate enough to have Neil Tyra's name. Mom had old will and trust that had not been reviewed in 7 years. There were plenty of addendums and codic...
  • Extremely Helpful and Knowledgeable

    I went to Tyra Law for help with estate planning documents on the recommendation of a friend. Neil was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and answered all my questions...even the ones I didn't know to ask. We went through several drafts to make sure that my documents were all exactly how I wante...
  • Highly recommend!

    Excellent and professional service. Makes the process clear, concise, and simple. Highly recommend!
  • It was an easier process than I expected!

    “I was pleased at how friendly and efficient Mr. Tyra was at explaining the different options we had with decisions to be made concerning the will. It was an easier process than I expected. Thank you so much."
  • "...with clear explanations of the estate planning documents"

    Mr. Tyra provided good service in a friendly and professional manner with clear explanations of the estate planning documents we were drafting.
  • Makes the process clear...

    Excellent and professional service. Makes the process clear, concise, and simple. Highly recommend!
  • ...a gentleman lawyer...

    Neil Tyra is a gentleman lawyer - humble, honest, and fair.
  • His warm and caring approach made him a pleasure to work with...

    Neil Tyra is an attorney you can trust. He helped me with both Estate Planning and the settlement of a probate estate. During both engagements, he was able to field all my questions and concerns and provide answers and explanations in ways that made sense. His warm and caring approach made him a ...
  • My experience was nothing short of spectacular...

    I spent my entire career in Customer Service. You know immediately when you found someone who excels on all fronts. Neil is not only wicked smart, but knows how to deliver superb Customer Service. My experience was nothing short of spectacular. I would highly recommend Neil to anyone who needs su...
  • Mr. Tyra was very knowledgeable, patient, very good at providing guidance, answering questions and explaining every detail and step.

    My experience was terrific! I went from not understanding much about Estate Planning to feeling very confident when I left the signature table. Mr. Tyra was very knowledgeable, patient, very good at providing guidance, answering questions and explaining every detail and step. His team was very pr...
  • Your experience and direction made this process so much easier than even anticipated.

    Thanks to Neil for guiding us through the process of estate planning. Your experience and direction made this process so much easier than even anticipated.

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