Getting to Know: Law Tigers Attorney Tom Metier

By Quick Throttle Staff

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After riding motorcycles for many years, Tom Metier has brought Law Tigers to Washington and Oregon.

Riding motorcycles long before he went to law school, Metier grew up in the farm country of Iowa, where motorcycles were like corn – they were everywhere. Metier was riding mini-bikes in the fields by age ten, progressing to rebuilt dirt-bikes, a Honda 350, a Triumph Trident 750, a Kawasaki 900, Sportsters, and he now rides a 2007 Harley Road King Custom.
“We’d mow lawns, deliver newspapers, walk beans (to manually weed the bean fields),bale hay – anything we could to get enough money to buy bikes and keep them running. Nothing like a sling-shot, and a mini-bike for the get-away.”
Tom put himself through college by working as a heavy equipment operator, bricklayer, and packing plant worker.
“I’d come home from college and go out to the packing plant at 4:00 am with my hard hat and wait on the bench outside the superintendent’s office. The superintendent would tell me there was no work available, but I’d just sit and wait. Pretty soon a foreman would come by the office to report that someone got hurt on the job. The superintendent would come out of his office a few minutes later and tell me there was an ‘opening’ and I’d go to work. After being confined on the kill floor all day, there is nothing like jumping on your cycle and throttling up. The wind, the sun, and the freedom made me glad to be alive. It still does.”
The day after Metier graduated from college he put every possession he had on the back of his Triumph Trident and took off.

“I was riding and working my way across the country. My food budget was $1.29 per day – the price of a McDonald’s hamburger, fries, and a Coke. Sleeping on the ground, playing pool for spending money, stopping to work when I needed to. Twelve-hour days on a Trident – even after I got in my sleeping bag it seemed like it took a couple hours to quit vibrating. I was having the time of my life. Probably my longest single day ride was from Buffalo, Wyoming, across South Dakota to Spencer, Iowa.
I got a lot of miles in, but then on a cold day in October I was riding down the highway near Morrison, Illinois, when a car at a stop sign pulled across the lane right in front of me. I had no time to lay it down. I hit the car between the front and back passenger doors. Because it was a cold day, I was wearing a helmet. My head hit the door post between the front and back passenger windows and the helmet cracked. I walked away from it. It just wasn’t my time to go. But I became committed then and there to go after drivers who don’t look for motorcycles. The next year I went to law school.”
Even after 25 years of trials Metier doesn’t talk like a lawyer.
“I’m a rider. Riders want a lawyer that will listen and give straight answers. Sounding fancy just gets in the way,” Metier says.
Metier has practiced law since 1981, with a special focus on brain, spine and other serious injuries. His trial work has brought him national recognition including the honor of being named a Super Lawyer and to Best Lawyers in America. As a result of his many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for injured victims, Metier was certified as a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
“We represent folks injured in all kinds of accidents, but I have always had a special place in my heart for motorcycle riders. I’ve represented a lot of them. We all know that the lawyer who rides can better understand and represent riders. I’ve been there. When I was approached to bring Law Tigers to Washington and Oregon, I jumped at the chance. Our goal is to support riders and the riding community. If a rider gets hurt, we are there to help put his or her life back together. Like the Tiger says, ‘We’ve got your back.’”
“It is important to me that riders be safe and happy. Law Tigers is a resource to help the riding community, whether that means assisting with poker runs or rallies, giving families of injured riders the help and information they need or working to keep our freedom to ride secure. The motorcycle community is made up of great and wonderful people who deserve the best.”
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