I am a partner in the Swanson Gardner Meyers, PLLC law firm in Renton, Washington. We exclusively represent individuals who have been injured by the negliegence or intentional conduct of others. We handle all types of personal injury, automobile accident, wrongful death, medical negligence, products liability, and assault cases.
I grew up in western Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1989. I earned my J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1993.
After law school I clerked for a trial judge in Pierce County and then served as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office from 1993 – 2000, where I tried numerous cases before King County juries, argued multiple cases before the the Washington State Court of Appeals, and artued several time before the Washington State Supreme Court.
I entered private practice in 2000, worked for several years as an insurance defense lawyer with a large Seattle firm, and then opened my own practice in 2005 representing clients with personal injury claims.
I joined my friend and colleague Todd Gardner and the Swanson Gardner firm in 2008 (initually while also runnng my own practice) and have worked full time with Todd since 2010. I became a named partner in the firm in 2015.
Our firm, Swanson Gardner Meyers, PLLC, is one of the most respected and successful plaintiff personal injury, wrongful death and medical negligence law firms in the State of Washington. We are a firm of trial lawyers, focusing entirely on obtaining fair compensation for clients who have been injured or who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. Our philosophy is simple: preparation and hard work win cases. The attorneys and staff at Swanson Gardner Meyers PLLC do their best to secure results for their clients because they tap their experience and professionalism to out-prepare and outwork the opposing insurance companies and the defense.
While the firm and its lawyers have earned many awards over the years, results matter. In 2013, we achieved a $50 million verdict on behalf of our clients in a complex and lengthy medical negligence case. This remains the largest personal injury a verdict in Washington history and one of the largest in U.S. history for a case of its type. In recent years, the firm has obtained jury verdicts in other cases of over $1,000,000 fourteen times and obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $10 million.
We prepare every case for trial, believing strongly that this always results in greater compensation for our clients, but the decision to try a case to verdict or settle before trial is always the client’s decision. As a result of thorough trial preparation the firm has regularly earned settlements for its clients in the million and multi-million dollar range.
Direct client communication and immediate response to client needs are core values at Swanson Gardner Meyers. We are a small, efficient firm with a strong team of experienced trial lawyers, paralegals and staff who have worked together for many years. Client questions and concerns are answered quickly and directly, and clients are always kept well informed.
We believe the attorney-client relationship is important and that both the attorney and the client should enter into this relationship carefully. We are not a “high pressure” sales firm. We rarely advertise and, instead, many of our clients come to us through referral from former clients, colleagues, and others in the community who know our reputation. We take all of our cases on a contingency fee basis, requiring no fee until our work is complete and the client has recovered compensation. We will, in most cases, advance costs to prevent clients from having to pay out-of-pocket expenses while we prepare the case. In every case we will communicate directly with the client’s personal injury protection (PIP) insurance carrier and health insurance carrier to secure all available insurance coverage while the case proceeds.
We are experienced in many types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, including claims involving medical negligence, traumatic brain injury, automobile collisions, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, defective highway design, defective products, hazardous substances, and sexual assault. On behalf of injured clients, we also pursue insurance companies directly in Underinsured Motorist (UIM) claims and in claims for bad faith, breach of contract, for violations of the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) and the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA).
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Partner||Swanson Gardner Meyers PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Trial Attorney||Swanson Gardner PLLC||2008 - 2015|
|Partner||Durham Meyers Jeffers, PLLC||2007 - 2010|
|Partner||Durham & Meyers, PLLC,||2005 - 2007|
|Junior Member||Cozen O’Connor||2000 - 2005|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||King County Prosecutor's Office Criminal Division||1994 - 2000|
|Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Frederick B. Hayes||Pierce County Superior Court||1993 - 1994|
|Law Clerk||Trial Division Oregon Department of Justice||1991 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||2015 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|WSAJ Trial News||WSBA Considering 'Proportionality' Civil Rules Changes -- Significant Access to Justice Concerns||2016|
|Oregon Bar Civil Rights Section||Civil Rights Legal Essay Competition Winner||1993|
|Certificate of Dispute Resolution||N/A||N/A||1993|
|Willamette University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Washington||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Superior Court Judges' Association meeing (February 2016)||WSAJ positions on WSBA ECCL Task Force Final Report||2016|