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Thomas Paul Lyden

Thomas Paul Lyden

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, Administrative Law

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

Licensed since 2007

  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



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Aaron Lukoff

    Tom and I are friends but that is not why I am endorsing him, rather I give my endorsement to Tom because he is a fighter and a damn fine criminal defense attorney. He is tough and ruthless whereas I am rough and toothless (I go in next week for my false teeth). Tom is smart and takes care of his clients. I wish there were more criminal defense attorneys like Tom.


    Aaron Lukoff Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Luke Edward Baumgarten

    Mr. Lyden and I attended law school together and are members of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Lyden through this organization and I can recommend him without reservation as an excellent and principled attorney who not only zealously advocates for his clients but who also supports his colleagues in the ultimate pursuit of justice.


    Luke Baumgarten Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Keating & Lyden, LLC

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




Professional Misconduct

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