Timothy M. Lawlor
Primary Practice: Complex Litigation
J.D., University of Washington, 1986
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1983
Tim Lawlor practices in the areas of commercial, employment, eminent domain, and class action litigation.
He is currently defending two of the highest-profile whistleblower cases in the nation and two class actions. He has obtained numerous excellent results in condemnation cases for property owners. He has previously represented clients in class actions in Wisconsin, Washington, and California. Tim has handled a wide variety of employment law claims including age, sex, race, and disability discrimination cases. He has obtained numerous summary judgments in discrimination and retaliation cases on behalf of employers. Previously he served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army, where he represented both the command and individual soldiers.
Tim is recognized as an AV-Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers® in America in eminent domain and condemnation law since 2013.
Licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho
Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 1993
Highlights & Achievements
Successfully defended putative class action against a national bank.
Obtained seven-figure settlement in a condemnation case for a community college.
Obtained a summary judgment and dismissal in a whistleblower retaliation case; ongoing on appeal.
Obtained property critical for expansion of public facilities in Spokane, Washington.
Overturned unconstitutional condemnation action by an airport and obtained a seven-figure settlement for client.
Assisted in obtaining defense verdict for engineering firm that faced a multi-million dollar claim by an airport.
Obtained seven-figure settlement for client in a technical product liability case.
Won a condemnation jury trial against an airport.
Obtained a $1.1 million arbitration award in an Idaho condemnation case.
Defended a series of nationwide class action cases involving warranty and product liability issues.
Helped obtain a $1.56 million jury verdict for owners of vacant property north of Spokane, Washington.
Successfully helped obtain a jury verdict and defended on appeal the largest condemnation award in Eastern Washington history.
Obtained record condemnation settlements with the state of Washington.
Successfully defended an engineering firm in geotechnical litigation.
Assisted in trying and winning the first Americans with Disabilities Act case in the Eastern District of Washington.
Representative Reported Cases
Tamosaitis v. URS, Inc., 771 F.3d 539 (9th Cir. 2014). Represented employer sued under whistleblower protection provision of Energy Reorganization Act. District court granted defense motion to dismiss, and motions for summary judgment and to strike jury demand. Ninth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded. Ongoing; pending petition for en banc review.
Conklin v. City of Spokane Valley, 448 Fed. App'x 687 (9th Cir. 2011). Represented property owner in Section 1983 action against city alleging inverse condemnation and unconstitutional land-use exaction.
Spokane Airports v. RMA, Inc., 149 Wn. App. 930, 206 P.3d 364 (2009). Represented property owner in condemnation action dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
Wright v. Jeckle, 158 Wn.2d 375, 144 P.3d 301 (2006). Represented and defended physician-owner in class action concerning Washington’s medical anti-kickback statute. Successfully obtained reversal and dismissal at Superior Court.
Griffiths v. Trs. of Carpenters Local Union No. 98, 98 Wn. App. 1063 (2000). Represented property owner in attempted rescission of real estate contract.
State v. Wandermere, 89 Wn. App. 369, 949 P.2d 392 (1997). Represented property owner in obtaining record condemnation award. Affirmed on appeal.
Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army: United States v. Greene, 36 M.J. 274 (1993) (obtained a reversal for soldier); United States v. Lilly, 36 M.J. 670 (1992) (obtained a reversal for solider); United States v. Donley, 33 M.J. 44 (1991) (represented soldier).
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
United States District Court, District of Idaho
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Litigation Section
American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Labor and Employment Section
Deaconess Hospital Board of Directors, 2012-Present, Chairman 2014
Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Washington, Past President 2012-2013 and Board Member; Vice-President 2011-2012; Treasurer 2010-2011
Spokane Housing Ventures, former Board Member