About us

“Fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.”
Harvey S. Firestone

Our Founding Partners

Chris Carlisle

A founding member of Carlisle & Byers, PLLC, Chris represents clients in worker’s compensation, long-term disability, and estate planning matters throughout Eastern Washington. Chris also provides criminal defense in Airway Heights. Before becoming an intern and associate at Stiley & Cikutovich, Chris earned a bachelors degree in political science from Seattle University and his Juris Doctorate degree at Gonzaga. He has experience practicing before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the State Superior Courts, the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts of Eastern Washington.

Chris is a member of the Washington State and Spokane County Bar Associations, as well as the Washington State Association for Justice. Chris also is a member of the Spokane Housing Justice Project, providing free legal assistance to tenants in dispute with their landlords.

Among all of his groups and affiliations, he’d have to say his favorites are youth baseball coach, scout leader, husband, and dad to his three sons.

Rich Byers

With a double concentration in marketing, and communication and media methods from Gonzaga University, Rich went on to get his Juris Doctor, also from Gonzaga, in 2010. A member of the Spokane County and Washington State Bar Associations, as well as the SCBA Solo and Small Practitioners Section, Rich is active in the Spokane Community

After helping lower income families with pro-bono representation at the Federal Tax Clinic at Gonzaga, Rich spent two years with the law firm of Stiley & Cikutovich before deciding to partner up with Chris Carlisle, realizing that the Spokane market was underserved by attorneys who value community connection and personal service in the legal industry.

Although his professional life has often taken priority, don’t be surprised to see him playing a role as the 12th man at Century Link Field, or charging a wave through the Alberton Gorge.

Memberships, Associations and Education

Washington State Bar Association

The Spokane County Bar Association

Washington State Association for Justice

Gonzaga University School of Law


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