Skip to main content

Peter Erik Meyers

Personal injury Attorney at Renton, WA

5.0   10 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    25%

  2. Medical malpractice
    25%

  3. Personal injury
    25%
    Serious personal injury, medical negligence, wrongful death, and legal malpractice

    30 years

  4. Wrongful death
    25%

WE EXCLUSIVELY REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS.

I am a partner in the Swanson Gardner Meyers Cohon, PLLC law firm in Renton, Washington. We exclusively represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence 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 arguedseveral times 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 ( initially while also running my own practice) and have worked full time with Todd since 2010. I became a named partner in the firm (Swanson Gardner Meyers)in 2015. We added partner Dylan Cohon in 2021 (Swanson Gardner Meyers Cohon).

Our firm, Swanson Gardner Meyers Cohon, PLLC, (“SGMC”) 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 SGMC 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 2021, we represented the family of Sarah Wong, a 19-year-old college student killed in the 2019 tower crane collapse at the Google Building in downtown Seattle. Our office was a leader in that litigation, which resulted in at total recovery in settlements and verdicts of over $110 million for our clients. In 2019, we obtained a $65 million settlement for a woman injured in a two-vehicle collision in Seattle. 2013, we achieved a $50 million verdict on behalf of our clients in a complex and lengthy medical negligence case involving negligence in genetic testing, which remains one of the largest personal injury verdicts 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. Direct client communication and immediate response to client needs are core values at our firm. 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 do not advertise and, instead, most 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, dog bites 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).

Awards

Notable Peer Review Rating

Location

Swanson Gardner Meyers Cohon PLLC

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by G&A | April 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
After an accident which wasn’t my fault we sought help from a law firm. The first few contacted did not appeal. However, when we contacted Swanson+Gardner+Meyers we were impressed. After a conversation with Mr. Meyers we were convinced and set up an in person appointment. This proved pivotal in our year long relationship. They have always been there for us giving the needed timely advice and followup. Most of the personal contact was with Jennifer but both Mr. Meyers and Mr. Gardner where available when needed. There help was very helpful in my recovery. We would recommend anyone needing legal advice contact them.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
We can’t imagine there could be a better lawyer than Peter Meyers. He really cared about us and we ended up with outstanding results. He thought through every detail and understood the impact this chapter of our life had on us. He and his staff are truly compassionate. Connie and Jennifer were always there with any question we had. Peter was always accessible and the entire staff communicated clearly with us throughout the process. We are so thankful for all of them and their dedication to our case.
Read less
Posted by Brandon | November 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast, Efficient, and Gets Results
- Was in constant contact with me (phone + email) to keep in the loop which reassured me. - Made sure I had given exactly what he needed to move the case forward. - Has an exceptional demeanor and rapport - Made sure case was resolved in a timely fashion In all, I would recommend this lawyer to anyone without question.
Posted by Madeline | September 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert guidance
I cannot recommend this firm enough. Peter Meyers represented my recent case which resulted in what I believe to be the highest settlement amount possible. He professionally explained the decisions I was faced with throughout each phase, and guided me with his expertise in a non-rushed or aggressive way. I do not think I would have had such a good outcome in my case had it not been for Peter. Jennifer was also an incredible asset throughout the entire process. I had the most contact with her, oftentimes daily, for much of the past three years. Her patience with my questions seemed to have no cap, and her compassion unmatched. She is knowledgeable, professional, consistent, caring, and responsive. Between Peter and Jennifer, I truly felt I had the best team possible representing me and highly recommend Swanson Gardener Meyers.
Read less
Posted by Barbara | December 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Peter Meyers of Swanson Gardner Meyers helped me through one of the most difficult experiences of my life. A traffic accident in April 2016 lead to multiple surgeries during a two week stay in a Harborview ICU unit. The two years following the accident were filled with countless doctor visits, additional surgeries, physical therapy, and a profound sense of loss. In additional to the physical and emotional stress caused by the accident, I missed five months of work and was inundated with invoices from my ICU stay, follow up surgeries at Harborview and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, medical specialists, transportation services and months of living in rehab facilities. Fortunately, a friend recommended I contact Swanson Gardner Meyers. Peter Meyers extended his work day to visit with me in the evening. Peter provided a detailed outline of what to expect over the next 12 to 18 months and assured me that his firm could help navigate the medical, insurance, financial, and legal issues of my accident. As the lengthy process unfolded, I found that Peter and Jennifer Holcomb, a paralegal at Swanson Gardner Meyers, were a vital source of information. Jennifer guided me through the insurance payouts, escrow accounts, and onslaught of invoices. Swanson Gardner Meyers allowed me to focus on my recovery while they negotiated a favorable outcome. They were fantastic and I recommend you contact them if you need a personal injury attorney.
Read less
Posted by Chris Watkins | March 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A lawyer that listens...
From the very beginning, this team has "Wowed" me. They always took their time to understand my case and it always felt like they had my back! I will recommend them to anyone as I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be in touch with Swanson Gardner and Meyers. If you want a lawyer who really cares about your needs, understanding, and ready to put you all the way first...Call this team.
Read less
Posted by Darcey | February 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A truly positive experience that I refer to often
Let's be honest. Any situation that requires acquiring an attorney will likely be stressful. However, I can comfortably say that my experience with Swanson Gardner Meyers PLLC was anything but stressful. Peter Meyers helped positively resolve a particularly challenging auto/traffic related case in an efficient, timely, expert manner. Based on my experience I have referred them to numerous people who have consistently expressed their gratitude for the results they've had working with this firm.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuinely care for their clients!
Peter Meyers and Swanson Gardner Meyers have helped me on a few legal issues and they are terrific. Cost effective, practical, objective advice. Their staff is wonderful, and when you need to talk to someone the staff and Mr. Meyers always make time to answer questions personally.
Posted by Mike | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer
Pete helped me with a long standing case involving negligent property damage, that I feared I would have to eat the cost of. He was diligent in laying out a plan, making sure I understood everything that was going on (as well as the pros and cons of my decisions) and then expertly executed. He was even instrumental in getting me information about how collect money after the proceedings were complete. I would highly recommend Pete for his legal expertise, attention to detail and excellent communication.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2008
Peter Meyers is definitely a 5 star attorney
Peter Meyers represented me a few years ago in a child custody situation that, prior to Peter had been going back and forth for years. I worked with several attorneys over the years - none came close to the attention, care, and superior execution that Peter put forth. He dove into the details of my situation in an unprecedented way - compiling all the right information that other attorneys never took the time to do. He believed in the case and it showed. In the end, he put together an exceptional set of exhibits and statements and helped me win the situation convincingly and for good. At all times I felt I could trust him from a billing, knowledge, and execution point of view.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
View all work experience

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Certificate of Dispute Resolution
  • 1993
  • University of Washington
  • BA,
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wuth v. LabCorp & Valley Medical Center
  • $50,000,000 medical negligence verdict for plaintiffs; affirmed on appeal
  • Garcia v. Strong Trucking, Inc.
  • Appellate decision in favor of clients; reversed on appeal and new trial ordered due to juror misconduct
  • State v. Anderson
  • Reversed on appeal
View all legal cases

Associations

  • 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
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 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
View all awards

Publications

  • WSAJ Trial News
  • WSBA Considering 'Proportionality' Civil Rules Changes -- Significant Access to Justice Concerns
  • 2016
  • WSAJ Medical Negligence Deskbook
  • Jurisdication and Venue
  • 2016
  • Oregon Bar Civil Rights Section
  • Civil Rights Legal Essay Competition Winner
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • WSBA Board of Governors Meeting
  • WSAJ positions on WSBA ECCL Task Force Final Report
  • 2016
  • WSAJ Medical Negligence Deskbook Launch
  • Jurisdiction and Venue
  • 2016
  • Superior Court Judges' Association meeting (February 2016)
  • WSAJ positions on WSBA ECCL Task Force Final Report
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Peter
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Friend
"Peter has all the qualities of a great lawyer. He is intelligent, articulate, meticulous and fair minded. But on top of that, he is a generous and caring person who cares deeply about his clients and strives always to achieve the best results possible for them."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is the ultimate package, because he understands and has handled both the plaintiff and defense side of hundreds of cases. He is not intimidated by insurance companies, or big pocket defendants, and likely has more trial experience than his adversaries."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is among the top personal injury attorneys in Washington. He is well known as a skilled litigator and advocate for his clients and a detail oriented, intelligent and articulate trial attorney. I would recommend Peter to any client without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter and his firm are among the best known, most respected in the State. I have worked directly with Peter as co-counsel in major injury cases, and have nothing but respect for him and his work."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an outstanding lawyer and a good man. I refer all of my plaintiff-side personal injury inquiries to him, without any hesitation or reservation."
View more endorsements
Car accident
State, local, and municipal law
Estate planning
Litigation

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Renton Personal injury Lawyer Peter Erik Meyers
Peter Erik Meyers
Personal injury Attorney
Renton, WA
Licensed for 30 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available