C. Tyler Shillito

Tyler is known for his good-natured personality and ability to work well with, and aggressively represent clients. He has successfully tried and won a number of construction defect, business, and real estate cases and has argued cases involving real estate law before the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Tyler’s practice primarily involves litigating disputes concerning real estate, construction work, contracts, businesses, trusts and probate.

In addition, Tyler is very active in the local bar association, formally serving as President of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Tyler was also honored in 2009 as a Top 40 Under Forty business leader by the South Sound Business Examiner.

His representative matters include:

  • Represented an elderly and retired couple who lost the lion’s share of their life savings in a real estate transaction based upon fraud and equity skimming. He obtained favorable settlement on the eve of trial.
  • Recovered over $180,000.00 for two homeowners for the builder’s breach of the implied warranty of habitability due to crawlspace flooding in each home.
  • Tried and won a seller disclosure case on behalf of a buyer of commercial real property.
  • Obtained judgments and orders enforcing employer’s non-competition agreement against former employees.
  • Represented a variety of heirs in will contests and estate disputes under the Washington State Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA).
  • Represented a number of estate personal representatives and administrators on matters, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented homeowner suffering from pervasive water trespass caused by neighboring developers construction project. After a two week trial, obtained full injunctive relief.
  • Advised a commercial lender for over six years handling various enforcement actions seeking possession of commercial collateral.
  • Represented the buyer of a travel business on claims against seller. Obtained a $1.2 million judgment after a multi-week trial.
  • Represented the buyer of a convenience store against the seller on claims of breach of contract for illegally constructed septic system and misrepresentations related to the business. Obtained a judgment for the entire claim on septic system and lost property value due to septic systems misrepresentation.
  • Established new law on inheritance rights in In Re the Estate of Mower 374 Wn. App. 706, 374 P. 3d 180 (2016).

Professional Associations

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Young Lawyers Division, Trustee, 2005 - 2010
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Young Lawyers Division, President, 2009
  • Tacoma Redevelopment Authority Board, 2009 - 2014
  • City of Tacoma Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Vice-Chair, 2013
  • Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court - Emeritus, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court - Emeritus, Secretary, 2017
  • William Factory Small Business Incubator Tacoma, WA, Board Member, 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commission - Board of Directors, Secretary, 2010 - Present
  • Young Professionals Network - Tacoma/Pierce County
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation - Board Member, 2010
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church - Tacoma, WA
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels


  • Top 40 Under Forty Business Leader, South Sound Business Examiner, 2009
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer, 2024
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Practice Areas

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Land Use and Real Estate Law
  • Trust and Estate Litigation


  • Seattle University School of Law
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Pacific Lutheran University
    • B.A. - 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington