Bryan founded Doran Law to combine the best of two practice areas that began his career: personal injury and complex commercial litigation. He wanted to provide to injured people the attention to detail and quality of work demanded of corporate clients. “What I loved about corporate litigation was the time and opportunity to leave no stone unturned and produce the best possible case for my client. But wins felt empty. They lacked moral clarity. I could appreciate my client’s economic interests, but no case screamed injustice the way wrongfully injured people do.” Bryan’s feelings about law and justice, and the priority of helping “real people,” were shaped by his first mentor. Bryan’s career began, after graduating at the top of his class from law school, as a Judicial Clerk for the late Honorable Tom Chambers of the Washington State Supreme Court. Justice Chambers was, before joining the Court, perhaps the most renowned and accomplished personal injury lawyer in the State of Washington. The Justice once wrote to Bryan a message that has echoed throughout his career: “the law is not done until it is done right.”
“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. Agents of negligent parties, typically insurance companies, will 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. That vulnerability is exploited and, even when it is clear to all involved that the claimant deserves compensation, companies will force injured people to go through litigation to get it. They will hire doctors who make hundreds of thousands and often millions of dollars a year 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, which is a tragic injustice. I choose to fight on the right side of the law.”
In addition to wanting to fight on the side of justice, 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 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 had been severely injured. After securing our award, I was hugged and through tears I heard ‘thank you, Bryan.’ I cried too. A company will never hug you, and never cry tears of gratitude. I chose a career where I could care for the people I fought for.”
Bryan is the primary point of contact for every one of his clients. Other attorneys and staff may work on your case, but you will talk to Bryan when you have questions about your case or simply need someone to listen. Bryan insists on an open door policy. Anytime, for any reason, you need to talk — to understand your case, to vent your frustration with “the other side’s” tactics or just to be heard — Bryan will be there for you.
In addition to personal attention, Bryan fights for every last dollar his clients are owed. Although settlement of claims is always a client’s choice, Bryan recommends and is ready to devote all the time, energy, and expense it takes to reach the compensation you deserve. Towards that end, Bryan has known tremendous success. In addition to representing Fortune 500 corporate clients, Bryan has won multi-million dollar awards for his clients — often from major U.S. Corporations, government entities, and other well-funded organizations. He made new law benefiting victims of sexual abuse, won novel jurisdiction and liability decisions in Federal Court against a foreign polluter, and has won at trial and through settlement millions of dollars for his clients. He stands ready to fight for you.
Bryan is blessed with a loving family starting with his wife, Elizabeth. Bryan and Elizabeth met in law school and were teammates in the school’s mock trial competition. They won first place.
As parents, however, their advocacy has proven far more challenging. They have struggled to convince their children that they should eat dinner before dessert, that they should go to bed on time, and that “old people’s” music is, in fact, really good music. Bryan and Elizabeth are the proud and adoring parents of six year old Elora and three year old Aven. Both want to be lawyers when they grow up and their well-reasoned retorts to bed time suggest they will have impressive careers.
Bryan’s free time is spent with his family. They enjoy the outdoors — camping, skiing, and a walk to the park.