Charles A. Lyman


About Charlie

Charlie Lyman is a member of Schlemlein Goetz Fick and Scruggs. He has significant experience in complex litigation, construction litigation, bankruptcy, creditors' rights, securities disputes, real estate and commercial landlord-tenant issues. Mr. Lyman also has experience in environmental litigation, including matters involving MTCA and the Clean Water Act. He has repeatedly been named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics magazine. Each year since 2013 he has been named a "Super Lawyer". Prior to joining the firm, he served as judicial clerk to Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander of the Washington State Supreme Court and was also a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C.

Licensed Courts

  • Washington State Bar, 2000
  • United States District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern and Western Districts of Washington


  • Seattle University, School of Law, 2000, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Washington, 1997, B.A.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Associations Homeless Law Project


  • Washington Law & Politics, "Super Lawyers" (2013 – 2015)
  • Washington Law & Politics, "Rising Stars" (2006, 2009–2012)

Speaker and Lecturer

  • Presenter, 12th Annual Landlord–Tenant Law Seminar, October 2014
  • Presenter, Ethical Considerations in Landlord–Tenant Law, 11th Annual Commercial and Residential Landlord–Tenant Law Seminar (April 2013)
  • Presenter, The Applicability of the Landlord–Tenant Act to Housing Agreements in the Greek System, University of Washington Panhellenic Associations, (March 2012)
  • Presenter, Commercial Lease Defaults and Landlord Options, CLE addressing Commercial Landlord Tenant Law (2010)
  • Presenter, Surviving Electronic Discovery, CLE addressing the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2006)
  • Presenter, The Law of Real Estate Agency, industry conference regarding Washington real estate law (2006)

Representative Cases

  • Representation of lenders in mortgage and real property litigation
  • Representation of debtors in possession in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Representation of contractors in construction litigation
  • Representation of creditor committees in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Representation of clients in securities matters involving fraud on the market claims, regulatory compliance and broker–dealer disputes
  • Represenation of lenders in commercial loan disputes and UCC foreclosure actions
  • Represenation of the former CEO of a publicly traded company in a $450 million SEC enforcement action
  • Representation of beverage producer in citizen suit brought asserting violations of the Clean Water Act
  • Representation of oil company in claims brought under MTCA
  • Representation of high technology companies involving multimillion dollar claims
  • Representation of major telecommunications company in disupte involving contract and regulatory compliance
  • Representation of clients in land use disputes, including land use petition act appeals ("LUPA"), adverse possession claims and condemnation proceedings
  • Representation of manufacturers and subcontractors in payment actions on public and private projects