Mark Lyda (C'05) received dual undergraduate degrees in Music (theory concentration) and English (literature concentration) from KU and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. While at KU, he was a member of the Honors Program and a National Merit Scholar, and he served as Co-Director of the Center for Community Outreach. He received the Alexis F. Dillard Student Involvement Award in 2005.
He currently practices law in Denver, at the Lyda Law Firm, serving small businesses. He is also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a reservist in the JAG Corps. Previously, he clerked on the Colorado Supreme Court, worked as an associate at the law firm Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, and served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Colorado.