- Seattle University School of Law, 2006
Licenses and Bar Associations
- Washington State
- Colorado State
- Washington State Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
Bryan began his career more than a decade ago as a clerk at the Washington State Supreme Court, after graduating at the top of his class from Seattle University School of Law. Five years before joining Metier Law Firm he founded Doran Law, a single lawyer firm devoted to catastrophic injury victims. “I have talked to lawyers at firms who handle dozens of cases at a time – some run more than a hundred. I chose a different model. I kept the caseload small, and limited my practice to victims with life-changing injuries who deserved substantial financial assistance to deal with their loss. I wanted to run every case with a full court press, and I wanted to know my clients personally.” It was a model forged by his early career. The first several years of Bryan’s career, Bryan’s practice included corporate litigation. He founded his firm to bring the intensity of “high stakes” corporate litigation to injury cases.
“What I loved about corporate litigation was the time and opportunity to leave no stone unturned and practice at the highest level of advocacy for my client. The litigation budget was a fraction of the amount in controversy, so the approach was scorched earth. But wins felt empty. They lacked moral clarity. I could appreciate my client’s economic interests, but no case felt like a fight for justice the way cases for wrongfully injured people do.” The motto for Bryan’s firm was “the best legal services should not be the exclusive privilege of those with the most money.” Indeed, often those with the least resources have the greatest need for a lawyer’s help. “Injured people are, on average, extremely vulnerable and in a poor position to advocate for themselves. First, most have never had to deal with lawyers or any kind of legal claim. Negligent misconduct creates victims from all demographics and most people have never before been exposed to litigation. Their opponent is sophisticated, experienced, and well-funded. Second, injury is debilitating and distracting. Insurance companies often call victims trying to resolve their claim while victims are still trying to manage the pain, stress, and disruption to their lives caused by their injury, or the death of a loved one. That vulnerability is exploited and, even when it is clear to the company that the claimant deserves fair compensation, companies will force injured people to go through litigation to get it. They will hire doctors who make a fortune claiming people aren’t as injured as they and their treating doctors say they are. If they can underpay, they will – whether it is fair or not. Without a strong advocate, victims get less than they deserve, and that abuse of power is wrong. I choose to fight on the right side of justice for people who cannot fight for themselves.”
In addition, Bryan is motivated by the opportunities for compassion and human relationships personal injury law affords. “I once won a case that saved a Fortune 500 company tens of millions of dollars. I did not get so much as a thank you — just payment for my time. In another case, I represented a family whose son suffered a brain injury. Our award guaranteed the young man, whose brain injury kept him out of the job market, would have an income for the rest of his life. I was hugged, and we cried together. A company will never hug you, and never cry tears of gratitude. I chose a career where I could have a caring relationship with the people I fought for.”
Bryan joined Metier Law Firm after a successful co-counsel relationship with Tom Metier. “I was blown away by the quality of advocacy. The preparation and attention to detail matched my own, but the development of case theory through collaboration and creative techniques I had not seen before, in any field, convinced me I could do better for my clients being on this team.” Bryan is licensed in Colorado and Washington State, where he began his career, and actively practices in both states.
Bryan’s greatest joy in life is his family. He is married to his wife of twelve years, Elizabeth. The couple met in law school where, together, they won the school’s mock trial tournament. They have been partners ever since. Bryan and Elizabeth are blessed with two girls. Elora, age 9, aspires to follow her parents path and attend law school. She intends to go a bit further, and earn a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Aven, age 6, has her sights set on teaching dance. The Doran girls are active in theater and dance, and as a family they enjoy skiing, biking, board games, Broadway shows, and anything they can do together.