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Thomas Paul Lyden

Criminal defense Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    17 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    17 years, 200 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket

    14 years, 25 cases

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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Keating & Lyden, LLC
114 W. Magnolia Street
Suite 440
Bellingham, WA, 98225

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Posted by Liam | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Satisfied
I needed help resolving a traffic citation in October and had never hired an attorney up until this point. I was referred to Thomas by not one, but two of my coworkers who had worked with him in the past and had nothing but great things to say about him. Thomas made the entire process painless, communicated with me promptly, and I was extremely satisfied with the results. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by Jodee | May 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A friendly face in a very difficult situation
I was in a very difficult situation with very little information and Tom stepped up and helped guide me through the muddy waters. Tom cares and works to find the best solution to seemingly impossible problems. Thank you Tom for being that calm voice of reason when things were anything but calm.
Posted by Martin | January 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding attorney!!
Very knowledgeable and compassionate. Excellent response time.
Posted by rich | March 3, 2015
I highly recommend Tom . He has the knowledge and drive to produce results. He is a lawyer that is there to help because he obviously cares about making a difference and is there to help good client at all times. Always available and effective.
Posted by Jesse | December 4, 2014
Hard working lawyer with a personal touch.
After being issued a citation for a controlled substance by a federal officer, I felt like my options were limited and furthermore intimidated by the idea of contesting the ticket in a federal court. After a single phone conversation with Thomas my mind was set at ease. Thomas clearly explained the procedure and potential risks associated with my case, assuring me that he would do what he could to reach a desirable outcome. My ticket was thrown out of court and I was a very satisfied client.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2014
Excellent Counsel
Very responsive, professional, and assuring. Tom kept me updated every step of the way, going out of his way to ensure my awareness of each new development as my case was being resolved. I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation; his trustworthiness and ability to navigate the complex court system put him a notch above the rest. By hiring Tom, I truly believe I received the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Scott | February 13, 2014
Fantastic Resource - Took A Lot Of Time With Me When I needed It Most
Tom was recommended to me by a Whatcom county insider who has knowledge of the best DUI lawyers in the area. Tom returned my calls promptly and took a lot of time with me to walk me through the process and answer my questions. Knowing that I was anxious, he took time to call me back in the evening and while he was traveling because he knew I was concerned. He took the time to explain all of my options and made me comfortable about my situation and outcome. All of this occurred before I even hired him! Ultimately, I did not need the services of an attorney but had I needed one, I was very confident that I was going to get excellent representation and the result that I desired and deserved.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2013
Thomas Lyden
We found Tom after hearing about him as a rising star on talk radio in the morning. He was exactly that. Any time we met, it was easy to relax but also professional. I think that's what stuck the most was how easy it was to talk to him about something so embarrassing and uncomfortable. My case was drawn out a bit until we had all documents in order and could confidently take a plea. Everything he did was great and he was just a real pleasure to work with. Thanks Tom!
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Posted by JJ | July 23, 2012
WOW he saved me!!
Tom worked hard on my case!! I would have lost my license but he won my case!! Can't thank him enough.. If I ever needed a lawyer he would be the first lawyer I would talk to!!! He had the knowledge and also kept me informed at all times..
Posted by Adam | June 6, 2012
need help ? he is the man!
when i go in trouble, i didnt know what to do or who to go to, thankfully i found Tom. Tom never oversold himself, he knew what he was doing and saying and got me exactly what he said he could and a little extra, i got to keep my license after a DUI that was awsome.
Posted by Derek | June 1, 2012
Positive experience with Tom Lyden, would recommend and see again.
When I was arrested and found myself in a very difficult situation and didn't know what to do, a friend mentioned talking to Tom Lyden and I was able to immediately reach him on his cell phone at home...on a weekend! After our first conversation I felt quite a bit better, and didn't feel like I had to cash out my retirement or call my (more responsible) family members in order to get the help I needed. Tom was able to help get me through the process of being charged with a DUI as quickly as possible with a very small amount of fear and hassle. I feel very fortunate with the way things turned out and I know that's because Tom (and his staff) did everything they could to ensure the best outcome I could get for my case. I would call Tom immediately if found in a similar situation.
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Posted by N.R. | March 10, 2012
Very Professional and Competent
Unfortunately I needed the help of a criminal defense attorney recently - I am very glad that I found Mr. Lyden and his staff. Immediately my mind was put at ease as my questions were answered and I was able to meet with Mr. Lyden at his office within hours. Throughout my experience the legal staff returned calls and emails promptly and would give me any updates I needed. Both Mr. Lyden and Mr. Rands were accessible by cell phone and text messaging any time I had a question. Ultimately we were able to close out my case with a much better resolution than I had imagined possible when this all began. This is a top-notch law office - do not hesitate to call them if you need a smart, talented and understanding lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Keating & Lyden, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • President
  • Thomas Lyden Law
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jonathan Rands, Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Deputy II Supervising Attorney
  • Whatcom County Public Defender
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City Of Bellingham
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Clark & Feeney
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. WH
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. DR
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. JG
  • Case Dismissed
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  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • NHTSA - Standaridized Field Sobriety Tests
  • La Pier & Associates
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Opportunity Council Case Managers Roundtable
  • Debtor Rights
  • 2014
  • Civil Rights and School
  • Privacy Rights in the School
  • 2014
  • On The Money
  • Bankruptcy and Debt Basics
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is an excellent attorney and a great resource to confer with on all DUI and criminal cases. His ability to see the big picture has allowed him to build a well-rounded practice in the community. I would not hesitate to refer any criminal or civil matter to Tom. On a personal note, Tom is not only an excellent attorney but a great guy and trusted friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor for Whatcom County, I have worked opposite Mr. Lyden on a number of difficult cases. His intelligence, dedication, and understanding of the system, makes him a highly effective advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves accused of a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Mr. Lyden representing his clients, fighting to protect their rights, listening to them in extremely stressful situations, and providing much needed assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom and observed him practice criminal defense for several years now. He is a smart and aggressive criminal defense attorney who works hard to defend his clients' rights. I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom is a creative and persistent advocate for his clients. He has excellent communication skills with judges and with other attorneys, which works to the benefit of his clients. I endorse this lawyer, and would not hesitate in recommending Tom for any DUI matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas Lyden brings a solid, professional approach to his practice. You can always expect him to fight for you without hesitation. I fully endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom IS competent and professional. He has a talent for spotting legal issues and always fights hard for his clients. Tom is not afraid to take on the hard cases and take them all the way to trial if necessary. His relationship with both judges and prosecutors allows him to get the best deals possible for his clients. I endorse his work to the fullest extent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is competent and professional. I would trust him with any of my criminal law needs."
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