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Michael David Myers

Michael David Myers

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Personal Injury

About Me

Here’s the Story…

 


You’ve been hurt.  Or someone in your family’s been hurt.  You’re looking for someone to help.  It’s important to hire someone who shares your values and is going to maximize the value of your case.


 


The Myers & Company page of our website tells you about how we run our business and handle our cases.  This tells you a little bit more about me.


 


It All Started With Soccer

 


I’m very competitive.  And I like hard work.  When I was growing up I devoted a tremendous amount of effort and energy into soccer.  I loved the “beautiful game.”  When I was 12 years old I juggled the soccer ball over 1,000 times without letting it touch the ground.


 


My competitive streak was fueled by my soccer coach, Bruce.  Bruce was Scottish.  He was probably the most competitive person I ever met.  Bruce was almost, but not quite, good enough to play professional soccer.  He was probably 30 when we met.  It was not unusual for him to slide tackle 11 or 12 year olds on the concrete playfield where we practiced when it was too muddy to train on the regular pitch.


 


The hard work and great coaching paid off.  I was recruited and ended up playing soccer at Stanford.  Even though I’ve continued playing at a high level (including a 2007 Over-40 National Championship with Seattle’s TA-2), success at this point is measured by friendships that started on the soccer field.


 


I’m looking forward to making the transition into coaching and taking my girls to the Sounders.  (We’re huge fans and couldn’t be more excited to have top level professional soccer back in Seattle).


 


Love and Marriage

 


I waited a long time to get married and have a family.  It has given me a new perspective on how an injury can affect the whole family.


 


At first it was just me, my wife Shera and our cats.  But then Juniper and Olivia joined us.


 


It’s cliché, but having kids changes everything.  Or, at the very least, puts a new spin on life.  They’re the focal point of just about every decision we make and just about everything we do.  They’re a source of constant delight.  And they’ve made me incredibly efficient—not a second’s wasted during the day.


 

Selectivity: A Key to Success

 


Over the first 20 years of my career I achieved a lot of professional success.  It’s a source of pride.  But more importantly, it’s given me the opportunity to be selective about the cases I take.


 


Selectivity ties directly into the “life ethic.”  I like working hard on good cases and for good clients.  It just so happens that those are the cases that are usually the most profitable.  (It’s important to hire an attorney that runs a profitable firm.  Attorneys who make money are in a position to make the best decisions about whether cases should settle or go to trial.  No reason to be shy…before hiring an attorney, ask him or her how much money they made last year).


 


It’s important to me to have enough time to spend with my family and do the things that – outside of the law – are really important to me.


 


One of those things is to ride my bike to work.  I’m fortunate that my route takes me through the Arboretum and along Interlaken Park.  On the way to work I have time to start thinking about my day and how I’m going to make money for our clients.  On the way home I can decompress and start thinking about what I’m going to do with the twins.


 


Skiing consumes the winter and spring.  During the past couple of years I’ve been doing a lot more slackcountry skiing.  Even though it’s more work, the sense of accomplishment (and untracked snow) are ample rewards.


 

Conflict and Resolution

 


There are few things I like more than conflict and resolution.  That’s probably why I decided to become a lawyer.


 


Hard work, creativity and aggression get cases resolved.  And resolving cases is really what we’re here to do for clients.  It’s how we add value.


 


Most of the time we resolve cases by settling them.  But, sometimes, there are disagreements that can’t be resolved without going to trial.


 


Trial is scary and exhilarating.  Conflicts get resolved at trial.  And there’s no bigger stage to display all the hard work that’s gone into preparing the case and, most importantly, for you to tell the jury about what happened and how it has affected you.


 


For me, the first day of trial is like standing at the top of a steep, rocky, exposed slope.  Basically a no-fall zone.  The stakes are high…but so is the potential reward.


On skis you push off, make a decisive pole plant and initiate your first turn.  Once you’re in the moment there’s nothing better.  The same thing’s true with trial.  I’m taut with nerves waiting to address the potential jurors on the first day of trial.  But once I stand up and introduce myself there’s nothing better.


 


When you hire a trial lawyer you need to pick someone who really likes going to trial and isn’t going to flinch when the chips are down.


 

Learning Something New

 


Maybe it’s part of the conflict and resolution mindset, but I’m not satisfied with the status quo.  This means that our house is almost always under a state of remodel and I’m constantly trying to improve the way we handle cases.


 


It also means that I’m always interested in trying new things.  Fortunately my wife is a tremendous sport (and usually endorses these exploits).


 

Wrap Up

 


That’s a lot about me.  I hope it helps.  If we end up working together I’m going to make you tell me everything about you.  That way, we’ll be even.  More importantly, it will help me tell your story and maximize the value of your case.

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Languages Spoken: English, Korean

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    22 years, 750 cases
  2. Car Accidents: 50%
    22 years, 500 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Myers. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact him for help.

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    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas Tucker Merrigan

    I endorse this lawyer. He is excellent in his field of law.

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    Thomas Merrigan Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info


1530 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98102-3712

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199307/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Attorneys in WashingtonAmerican Registry - SeattleMet2011
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Top Personal Injury AttorneysSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Top 40 Personal Injury AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2007
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Top 40 Personal Injury AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
National Merit ScholarN/A1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
General CounselWarranty & Financial Products, Inc.1999 - 2000
ShareholderLaw Office of Michael D. Myers, P.S.1995 - 1999
Founding MemberMyers & Company, P.L.L.C.1995 - Present
AssociatePeery, Hiscock, Kingman & Peabody1994 - 1995
AssociateJeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward1993 - 1994

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Six Figure Settlement for Injured BicyclistSuccessful

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Multiple TitlesAmicus Curiae2013

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Stanford UniversityEconomicsBachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
CLE PresentationDog Bite Litigation2010
CLE PresentationHolland America Litigation2010
CLE PresentationUsing Powerpoint at Trial2009
InjuryBoard Sponsor MeetingAttracting Personal Injury Clients2006
CLE PresentationFraud in Insurance claimsN/A