Ron Meyers

Ron Meyers has more than 30 years of successful litigation experience representing families and individuals in bringing personal injury and wrongful death claims. Ron and his wife of 31 years, Donna Meyers, started the firm in 1983. Donna worked part-time as the paralegal and office manager in the early years. As the firm grew she began running the firm’s day-to-day operations full-time in 1988.

Our firm represents people wrongfully injured or killed by the negligence of others. Our clients’ cases include serious injuries or deaths occurring from automobile and truck collisions, nursing home negligence and abuse, construction site safety violations and other workplace injuries, slip and falls, and unsafe products.

Our firm also represents injured people harmed by the bad faith conduct of their own insurance companies when their claims are wrongfully delayed or denied. Ron and his team of trial lawyers, paralegals, litigation assistants and legal assistants work very hard on every case to obtain a fair, just and equitable recovery. Ron has represented clients throughout Washington in hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals. He also won a major product liability case before the Washington State Supreme Court that has been cited throughout the United States in personal injury and wrongful death cases, law review articles, legal periodicals, and legal treatises.

Ron also served four terms as an elected member of the Washington State Legislature which included unanimous election to the Speaker Pro Tempore leadership position. During his time in the Legislature, he successfully wrote, sponsored and voted for laws addressing liability, patient rights, health insurance, automobile personal injury protection insurance, underinsured motorist insurance and occupational injury and disease claims.

Ron Meyers Qualifications:

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, School of Law
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Business Administration
  • Central Washington University

Areas of Practice:

  • Nursing home abuse, neglect and wrongful death
  • Tort claims against government
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Product liability
  • Premises liability
  • Firefighter serious occupational injury claims

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • US District Court Western District of Washington
  • US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • Thurston County Bar Association and Pierce County Bar Association

Public Service:

  • Elected Legislator/Elected Speaker Pro Tempore, Washington State House of Representatives
  • 1987-1995 Commissioner, Washington Public Disclosure Commission
  • 1998-1999 Appointed by Governor Gary Locke. Confirmed by Washington State Senate

Awards & Recognition:

NITA Master Advocate

 

Ron has been admitted into membership of both the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. These organizations limit membership to trial lawyers across the United States with significant case results. Less than 1% of all lawyers are members.

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Ron has also earned the NITA Advocate & Master Advocate designation from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. NITA is the nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training.

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He is also a member of Elite Lawyers of America based upon his multiple multi-million dollars results.

Washington State Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award, 1986-1994: “In recognition of years of blood, sweat, and toil defending the rights of injured people.

Washington Health Care Association Legislator of the Year, 1994: “In appreciation for your ongoing commitment to long term care.

Washington State Trial Lawyers Legislator of the Year Award, 1990: “To a trial lawyer’s trial lawyer, who also wears a legislator’s hat. For your constant vigilance on behalf of the people of the state of Washington.

Published Decisions & Unpublished Decisions:

Gorre v. City of Tacoma, 324 P.3d 716 (2014), reversing the erroneous decision of both the City of Tacoma and the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals that rejected coverage in a case involving respiratory disease experienced by a career firefighter.

Crane v. Washington State Department of Labor & Industries; Snohomish County Fire District No. 1, [unpublished] reversing the erroneous decision of the Department of Labor and Industries and the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals that rejected coverage in a case involving bilateral pulmonary embolisms experienced by a career firefighter.

Raum v. City of Bellevue, 171 Wash.App. 124, 286 P.3d 695 (2012), judicially establishing the process by which RCW 51.32.185 presumptive occupational diseases should be determined and recognizing that the court of jury is at liberty to disregard findings and decisions of the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals even in the presence of substantial evidence if other substantial evidence is more persuasive.

Klein v. Pyrodyne Corp., 117 Wash.2d 1, 810 P.2d 917 (1991) established strict liability where an aerial firework display operator’s tortious conduct caused an aerial bomb explosion among spectators that lit client’s clothing on fire and caused partial blindness.

Atherton Condominium Apartment-Owners Ass’n Bd. of Directors v. Blume,115 Wash.2d 506, 799 P.2d 250 (1990) Ron Meyers amicus curiae for petitioner on Behalf of the Tacoma Professional Fire Fighters Union in construction defect injury case.

Nationwide Ins. v. Williams, 71 Wash. App. 336, 858 P.2d 516 (1993) established insurance coverage using seriously injured insured’s own statement as an excited utterance to help prove insurance coverage in a phantom vehicle (no contact) collision case.

Burmeister v. State Farm Mutual Ins. Co., 92 Wash. App. 359, 966 P.2d 921 (1998) established that corroborating evidence of injured insured’s claim tends to verify and lead an impartial and reasonable mind to believe that the insured’s testimony is true.

City of Yakima v. International Ass’n of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, Local 469, Yakima Fire Fighters Ass’n, 117 Wash.2d 655, 818 P.2d 1076 (1991) Ron Meyers amicus curiae on behalf of Washington State Council of Fire Fighters in unfair labor practice case involving collective bargaining.

Professional Associations:

  • American Association for Justice
  • Washington State Association for Justice -Eagle
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Bar Association