Who We Are


Chris Carlisle

A founding member of Carlisle & Byers, PLLC, Chris represents clients in worker’s compensation and Personal Injury 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, Chris would have to say his favorites are youth soccer coach, scout leader, husband, and dad to his daughter and 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

It’s all about building direct connections with clients

Chris discusses what makes Carlisle and Byers unique:

I worked with Rich at Carlisle & Byers on my claim for about 8 months. Rich achieved the ultimate goal and got the maximum settlement amount available for my claim. Rich took my claim seriously, and laid out each option clearly along with the consequences of each choice, and that is what I expected and wanted from my legal counsel.”

Ann, Carlisle and Byers client

We went to Richard Byers with a very complicated L&I issue and he worked very hard on our case. To make things even more complicated for our case, my husband got sick with cancer, and Richard helped us put things in place the right way before my husband died. Richard still worked just as hard for me, and I couldn't have done it with out him. If any one needs a GREAT L&I lawyer, call him."

Susan, Carlisle & Byers client

Regarding my L& I claim, Chris and Rich listen to my needs and actually do what needs to be done to meet those needs. They care!"

Cheryl, Carlisle & Byers client

We’ll help you every step of the way

We pride ourselves on being aggressive and fighting for the resolution you deserve.