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About me

I was born and raised in Washington State and love living in the Northwest.  I attended the University of Washington where I studied politics and philosophy and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree.  I continued on to law school at the University of Idaho College of Law in Moscow, Idaho where I recieved my Juris Doctorate degree. 


I went to law school to become a criminal defense attorney and am dedicated to what I do.  I can truly say the most rewarding part of my job is standing up for my clients when the State's prosecutorial powers are bearing down on them. My practice focuses on DUI and other vehicle or alcohol/substance related accusations but I have worked nearly every type of criminal case. 


Additionally, I try to use both knowledge and creativity to solve problems associated with being accused with crimes and the very numerous consequences that evolve from such accusations or convictions.  Whether it be cleaning up a criminal record or figuring out how to get access to Canada so you can enjoy a family vacation at Whistler I am here to help you. 


If I'm not in my office or answering emails on my iPhone you'll find me playing with family, hiking in the Cascades, or listening to my music louder than my mother would allow. 


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    8 years, 200 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    8 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Administrative Law: 10%
    4 years, 50 cases
  4. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%
    5 years, 25 cases



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  • Rajeev D Majumdar

    I have frequently been on the opposing side of numerous matters from Mr. Lyden, and he approaches every case with professionalism and a keen eye towards justice. I have also had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Mr. Lyden in a criminal defense manner, and his willingness to track down witnesses and his cross-examination of prosecution witnesses allowed us to achieve complete dismissal of charges against our clients.


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    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Jason Anstruther Smith

    Tom has a courtroom presence like few others. I've had the pleasure of observing Tom in court on numerous occasions and his attention to detail, zealous advocacy, and commitment to excellence show in his work. Tom's clients can rest assured that they have an attorney with a wealth of knowledge and experience committed to the best possible resolution to their case. I'm proud to endorse Tom.


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Contact info

Keating & Lyden, LLC

114 W. Magnolia Street
Suite 440
Bellingham, WA, 98225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2013
NHTSA - Standaridized Field Sobriety TestsLa Pier & Associates2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKeating & Lyden, LLC2013 - Present
PresidentThomas Lyden Law2012 - 2013
Associate AttorneyJonathan Rands, Attorney at Law2011 - 2012
Deputy II Supervising AttorneyWhatcom County Public Defender2008 - 2011
Assistant City AttorneyCity Of Bellingham2008 - 2008
Law ClerkClark & Feeney2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - 2013
National College of DUI DefenseMember2011 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationVice President2011 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Washington v. SRCase Dismissed
State v. WHCase Dismissed
State v. DRCase Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJuris Doctorate2007
University of WashingtonPhilosophy, Political ScienceBachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Opportunity Council Case Managers RoundtableDebtor Rights2014
Civil Rights and SchoolPrivacy Rights in the School2014
On The MoneyBankruptcy and Debt Basics2012