wscd Metteer
The practice of law is about integrity. My goal as a lawyer is to advocate effectively for my client while maintaining the integrity of the process.

Metteer, Sally E.

Sally Metteer’s practice emphasizes environmental and hazardous waste litigation, including contribution actions under CERCLA and MTCA, insurance coverage, environmental coverage litigation, appellate work, and the defense of personal injury, property damage, and product liability claims.

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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 1991
  • The University of California, at Berkeley – B.S. in Biology with Honors, and B.S. in Physical Geography with Honors, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

Notable Results

Deas v. Comcast – Trial counsel for national telecommunications company in bicycle vs. company vehicle personal injury lawsuit, including a claim that the incident ended a U.S. Army soldier’s decorated military career.  Past and future economic damages claims exceeded $1.3 million.  Eight-day jury trial.  Unanimous defense verdict.  Thurston County Superior Court, Washington.

Defended a utility (cable) company against claim by dairy farmers that “stray voltage” was decreasing milk production in their herd of dairy cattle. Cost of defense settlement at mediation.

Trial counsel in appeal from award in Mandatory Arbitration. The jury returned a verdict below an Offer of Judgment made prior to trial. Successfully defended an appeal of the case to the Washington Court of Appeals. Affirmed on appeal.

Counsel for Plaintiff in insurance subrogation action on a novel legal issue (MCS 90 endorsement) in federal district court. Following oral argument on cross motions for summary judgment, the court entered judgment in favor of our client, entitling client to full reimbursement of subrogated claim.

Defense of CERCLA and NRD claims asserted in connection with a federal Superfund site located in Tacoma, Washington. Participated in multi-party allocation of liability among responsible parties, culminating in the entry of a Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Defended manufacturer of “boil-in-bag” food pouches in product defect litigation in the Western District of Washington under Washington’s Product Liability Act.

Personal Interests and Activities

Hiking, rowing, swimming, and otherwise hanging out by Lake Washington with my two Labrador Retrievers.