Our Dedicated Injury Lawyers’ Skilled Paralegals and Support Staff

Our injury lawyers are tough, dedicated courtroom warriors who will do whatever it takes to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve and the help they need with the next stage of their life. Our victories are not only earned through the collaborative efforts of our attorneys across various practice areas but through an impressive, collective effort that includes our paralegals and support staff personnel who are just as committed to protecting the rights of our clients.

Metier Law Firm, LLC employs only the most dedicated and experienced paralegals and support staff. Our paralegals are key members of our litigation team and have many years of experience assisting with personal injury cases. Our paralegals have extensive experience working with the groundbreaking trial strategies and techniques developed and implemented by accident attorney Thomas Metier. This allows for a more effective and efficient way of preparing exhibits and demonstrative evidence used at trial, giving our attorneys a greater chance of success.

Our staff prides itself on assisting our attorneys in delivering efficient, first-rate results for our clients. Day in and day out our staff come to work, roll up their sleeves and do what is necessary to protect the rights of the seriously injured. We diligently work toward getting you the compensation you deserve and helping you with life after your injury. This collective effort of talent and dedication is an essential element of our success. Contact an accident attorney at Metier Law Firm, LLC for a risk free case evaluation.

Meet our staff:
jerry bettenhausen
Jerry Bettenhausen
Paralegal
A native of Illinois, Jerry Bettenhausen worked in the steel industry for 19 years before deciding to change careers. In 1993, Jerry received his Associate of Applied Sciences degree from South Suburban College and started working as an insurance adjuster/investigator. Jerry and his family moved to Colorado in 1996 where he began working as a paralegal for a prominent personal injury law firm. Jerry joined Metier Law Firm in 2011. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys hiking, skiing and motorsports.

Jessica Byous
Jessica Byous
Litigation Administrative Assistant
Jessica grew up in Colorado and graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from Colorado State University. After spending five years in Dallas, Texas, she moved back to Colorado and joined the Metier Law Firm in 2012. She is excited to be a part of the great Fort Collins community again. In her free time, Jessica enjoys throwing a frisbee for her dog Choncho and doing anything adventurous, especially if it involves family, friends, good food and Broncos football.

Lacy Gangestad
Lacy Gangestad
Medical Records Administrator
Although she hails from Wyoming, Lacy feels right at home in Fort Collins after moving here in 2012. As a graduate from the University of Wyoming where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Lacy is eager to put her organizational and people skills to work. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy an active lifestyle including working out at the gym, bike riding, or playing with their Cavalier King Charles puppy. Lacy’s appreciation for the arts is evident through her making crafts, drawing, and attending shows at the local theatre.

michael gill
Michael Gill
Law Tigers Marketing Director
A native of California, Michael Gill comes to us with extensive experience in marketing and event planning. Michael attended Boise State University, where he majored in Communications and worked as a coach, followed by another coaching position at the University of Nevada, Reno. He then spent 2 years in Colorado before spending some time working in the eastern U.S. working in marketing, sales and event planning. Michael returned to Colorado in 2010 and joined the Metier Law Firm team in 2012 as the Law Tigers Marketing Director. In his spare time Michael enjoys motorsports, golf, football, basketball, snowboarding, hiking and concerts.

Paula Glaser
Paula Glaser
Paralegal
Originally from Rochester, NY, Paula grew up in Loveland and moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Production Management, she briefly worked for a television production company in Southern California before returning to Boulder. After ten years working in customer relations, public relations and promotions, Paula attended Denver Paralegal Institute. She graduated 1997 and has worked in law ever since, focusing on personal injury since 2003. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and photography, and is a big sports fan.

Stefanie Gordon
Stefanie Gordon
Records Administrator
Stefanie brings many years of front office and customer service skills from her previous position as an office manager and assistant grant writer with a local domestic violence advocacy center. Her experience with community outreach programs along with her Associates in Paralegal studies allows her to deliver unsurpassed support to both coworkers and clients. In her off time Stefanie has a passion and flair for artistic creativity; she paints regularly and enjoys other crafts. She volunteers her time working with local organizations that offer services to at risk-children and survivors of domestic violence. Stefanie has two adult children who light up her life and with whom she enjoys spending her free time.

Sarah Guerrero
Sarah Guerrero
Medical Records Administrator
Originally from Virginia, Sarah has traveled over the last 10 years for her and her husband’s military service. She is ecstatic to finally settle down and claim Ft Collins as her home base. Sarah spent five years in the Air Force in the health administration field and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Health Administration thereafter. She is excited to put her knowledge to work for the clients of Metier Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys hanging out with her husband and 2 children and spending time outdoors.

Laura Hopper
Laura Hopper
Law Tigers Marketing Specialist
Laura is a Colorado “Native” and has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. She has managed several successful teams and coordinated listings to sales contracts from acceptance to successful closing. Laura has designed marketing materials, newspaper and magazine print, maintained websites, managed social media sites for accuracy, scheduled photography and virtual tours and managed contract dates and all communications with lenders, title companies, clients, inspectors, appraisers, to ensure a smooth and rewarding transaction. Laura also comes from a motorcycle racing family, from her husband Chuck who was a pro motocross rider in the 1970’s and in 1994 won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the 250 pro class. Chuck has put up his boots to help their son, Johnny Hopper, a national pro motocross rider, #875 compete. Johnny has competed in many Amateur Nationals (Loretta Lynn Amateur National, Ponca City Grand National, and Branson MX National) , will compete nationally at Thunder Valley MX National in Lakewood, and is currently for 2014 ranked first in the Open Pro and 450 Pro classes in the SRAC (Sports Rider Association of Colorado). When Laura is not working you will find her trackside, rooting her son on. Braaaapop!

Kris Koehler
Kris Koehler
Legal Assistant
Raised in Aurora, a job in hotel management took Kris to the South, with stops in Kentucky, Florida and Georgia. It was in Georgia that Kris went to work as a legal assistant at one of Atlanta’s premier personal injury firms. He has been assisting accident victims for 13 years. Kris is an active member of his Church. He loves spending as much time as possible with his nieces and nephew. He likes to run, read, and is an avid sports fan.

rhonda kohl
Rhonda Kohl
Executive Assistant to Tom Metier
Rhonda Kohl has been the executive assistant to Tom Metier since 2008, and she manages the day-to-day details of his schedule. She was born, raised and educated in Council Bluffs, Iowa and honed her skills as an executive assistant while working for well known Bank Presidents and CEOs in Omaha, Nebraska for 26 years. When Rhonda is not working at the firm, she enjoys traveling back to her hometown to visit her son and spending time with her husband and Labrador retriever. She also enjoys trying new restaurants and cooking.

Kim Martin
Kim Martin
File Clerk
Kim grew up in LaSalle, CO and went to Valley High School. After raising her son, Trevor, and daughter, Amanda, she worked in banking and in a medical office, and as an administrative assistant. Kim started working at Metier Law Firm in March 2013 and is excited to be part of the Law Tigers team. When Kim is not working, she and her husband, Rick, enjoy camping, fishing, 4-wheeling, motorcycle riding, going out to dinner and spending time with their children. They have two dogs that love hiking with them on camping trips and keep them entertained.

julie melcher
Julie Melcher
Paralegal
Julie Melcher graduated from Illinois State University in 2002. She worked for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office for three years as a legal secretary before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2005. Shortly thereafter, Julie joined Metier Law Firm as a legal assistant. Julie is a member of CTLA. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Shelli Pontillo
Shelli Pontillo
Receptionist
Shelli was born in South Dakota but later moved to Fort Collins with her parents and five siblings. After graduating from Rocky Mountain High School, she attended Front Range Community College then entered the work force. Just before joining the firm in 2013, she worked as a medical assistant for a local spine surgeon. Shelli’s kind and fun loving personality is most evident when spending time with her 10 nieces and nephews. In her spare time, Shelli enjoys hiking, attending concerts, spending time with family and camping.

janet ritz
Janet Ritz
Practice Manager
Janet Ritz was raised in Dallas, Texas and received her Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. Thereafter, she attended St. Mary’s School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 1991 and went on to practice personal injury law in the Dallas and Houston areas. In 1999, Janet’s family moved to Fort Collins to be closer to her husband’s family. She joined the Metier Law Firm as the practice manager in 2009. In her spare time, Janet enjoys hiking, camping, boating and spending time with her husband of 22 years and their three children.

karen ross
Karen Ross
Legal Assistant
Karen Ross graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins and went on to attend Front Range Community College. She has worked in office administration for over 15 years and joined Metier Law firm in 2010. Karen runs the medical retrieval department and enjoys meeting with potential new clients. She has three grown children and one young granddaughter. In her spare time, Karen enjoys bike riding, boating and summer concerts.

Jacqui Salas
Jacqui Salas
Paralegal
Jacqui was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University, where she double majored in Political Science and Sociology. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of CTLA. As a paralegal, Jacqui has worked in areas of Social Security Disability, Worker’s Compensation, and Personal Injury. When Jacqui is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and close friends.

Bonnie Smith
Bonnie Smith
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie was raised in Southern California and received her Bachelor of Business degree from California Polytechnic University. Skilled in Marketing, she invented and launched to the world market an eco-friendly product named Wrap-N-Mat-aimed to reduce waste. Venturing into a new arena, Bonnie joined Metier Law in 2014. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and being with her four children.

vanessa speir
Vanessa Speir
Administrator
Vanessa Speir grew up in Princeton New Jersey then moved to Washington State where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Sociology from University of Washington in 1988. Vanessa pursued a career in wholesale nursery work until starting her family. After raising their two children in Seattle, she reentered the work force in bookkeeping and office management. In 2005, her family moved to Fort Collins, CO and the next year she joined the Metier Law Firm as an office administrator and bookkeeper. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and being with her friends and family.

jenny walker
Jenny Walker
Paralegal
Jenny Walker graduated from Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado. She later graduated from the University of Maine at Machias and then earned a paralegal certificate. She began her career as a paralegal in Key West Florida and later moved back to her home state of Colorado where she continued to work in the legal field. Jenny joined Metier Law Firm in 2003, and she is a member of CTLA. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and exercising.

lou weinhold
Lou Weinhold
Senior Case Manager
Lou Weinhold graduated from Killian Sr. High School in Miami, FL in 1974. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army as a helicopter crew chief overseeing operations on aero-medical evacuations in Germany. After the military, he attended the University of Miami (FL). Then for the next eight years, he managed several independent insurance agencies. In 1996, he moved to Highlands Ranch, CO and began his claims career at Progressive Insurance company. In 2010, Lou began his career as the Senior Case Manager for Law Tigers. He has a daughter attending John Marshall Law School in Chicago and his son is attending Aims Community College. In his spare time, Lou enjoys the outdoors, especially going hunting and camping.