Shawn M. Lyden


Akron Children’s Hospital


In his role as executive vice president, Mr. Lyden is responsible for four principal areas at Akron Children’s Hospital: planning and marketing, government relations, compliance and risk management. The planning and marketing department also includes public relations and business development.  Mr. Lyden is particularly active in new business development for Akron Children’s.  The Hospital is a regional pediatric referral center serving a continually expanding service area in northern Ohio.  As such, business development involves the ongoing cultivation of relationships with a wide array of organizations in the region, including other hospitals, physicians and other providers of care to children. As Akron Children’s Hospital’s General Counsel, Mr. Lyden oversees all legal affairs for the Hospital. 

Prior to joining Akron Children’s in January 2008, Mr. Lyden was a partner with Brouse McDowell, a law firm with offices in Akron and Cleveland.  At Brouse, Mr. Lyden was chair of the Health Care Practice Group and served eight years on the firm’s Executive Committee.  Mr. Lyden managed a diverse corporate and regulatory health care practice at Brouse, representing entities ranging from hospitals and hospital systems to large physician groups in a wide variety of matters.  Mr. Lyden was with Brouse McDowell for approximately 13 years. 

Prior to that, he had been an associate and then a partner with a large law firm based in Chicago, Ross & Hardies (now McGuire Woods), for more than 10 years.  Mr. Lyden practiced health care law during his entire tenure at Ross & Hardies.   

Mr. Lyden is active in a number of professional associations and serves on the Boards of Directors of LifeBanc and the Centers for Dialysis Care, both located in Cleveland, and OPEN M, a neighborhood-based community services organization located in South Akron.

Mr. Lyden obtained his B.A. in economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Denison University (1981), and his law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1984) where he served as an editor of the Law Review.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Lyden and his wife Amy currently live in Hudson and have four children, Alexis, Austin, Molly and Jack.