Wendy E. Lyon,

Principal

PRACTICE GROUPS

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BIO

As a civil trial attorney, Wendy primarily practices complex real estate and business litigation, representing lenders, utilities, developers, property managers, and property owners in contract, lien, restrictive covenants (conditions, covenants and restrictions), bona fide purchaser disputes, and in quiet title actions including boundary, easement, access, title disputes, adverse possession and prescriptive easement claims, equitable subrogation and other priority disputes, and commercial unlawful detainer actions. Wendy also represents title companies and their insureds (including Old Republic Title, Pacific Northwest Title, Fidelity Title, Chicago Title, First American Title) in property, coverage, bad faith, escrow and negligence claims.

Wendy strives to obtain an early resolution for her clients through summary judgment or settlement when appropriate. However, she also has the trial and appellate experience necessary to litigate a case through final judicial resolution.

Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Wendy completed two externships with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the Special Assault Unit in Kent and Renton District Court, where she had the opportunity to try dozens of cases and negotiate resolutions to many more.

While in law school, Wendy was a member of Boalt Hall Federalist Society and served as the Assistant Editor for the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

Representative Matters

After a multi-day trial, obtained order of non-dischargability and $1.7 million dollar judgment in an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court for local bank against borrower.

Several week jury trial prosecuting claims for manufacturing defects resulting in multi-million dollar verdict for client.

Successful settlement of three suits against local home builder by developers bringing breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Successfully settled case involving local bank’s suit by borrower seeking multi-million dollar verdict for fraud and breach of loan agreement.

Several week jury trial defending local ski area against negligence claims.

Obtaining numerous judgments and orders at show cause hearings to evict commercial tenants.

Successful settlement of numerous adverse possession, easement and boundary line disputes.

Obtaining temporary restraining order and negotiated injunction for local utility for violation of easement rights.

Successful settlement of construction lien claim that threatened security interest of client bank.

Multi-day bench trial involving business tort claims, resulting in judgment in favor of client, a local business owner.

Obtaining dismissal of several asbestos claims on summary judgment.

Wendy has been designated a Washington Rising Star®.

 

 

Macias v. Mine Safety Appliances, Co., 158 Wash.App. 931, 244 P.3d 978 (2010). After granting discretionary review, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s denial summary judgment motion, holding that client, manufacturer of respirators, had no duty to warn of the dangers of asbestos that plaintiff may have come into contact with while cleaning respirators. Case is currently pending in the Washington Supreme Court.

 

Newport Yacht Basin Ass’n of Condominium Owners v. Supreme Northwest, Inc.,— P.3d —-, 2012 WL 168 Wash.App. 86, 285 P.3d 70 (May 07, 2012); and related opinion Newport Yacht Basin Ass’n of Condominium Owners v. Supreme Northwest, Inc.,168 Wash.App. 56, 277 P.3d 18 (May 07, 2012). Appellate court held that it is proper to award attorney fees as damages for breach of an indemnification provision in a real estate purchase and sale agreement and remanded for determination of amount.

Wendy received her B.A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000, and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, Order of the Coif, in 2003.

Wendy E. Lyon's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more