Our Attorneys : Donna M. Meyers

Donna M. Meyers

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Legal Assistant: Alice Moore

Over twenty-two years of combined criminal and civil litigation experience, including three years defending military members in the U.S. Air Force against misdemeanor and felony charges, and nineteen years defending civil claims against physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, governmental entities and other organizations on claims ranging from medical negligence, personal injury and insurance bad faith. Civil litigation experience includes, trial experience defending an aircraft maintenance company in a jury trial resulting in a split verdict, and litigation experience preparing and defending a small claims matter for a national airline in a bench trial resulting in a defense verdict, presenting numerous oral arguments on dispositive motions with an emphasis on medical negligence actions, and arguing several appeals before the Alaska Supreme Court.


WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - September 1990 to Present

Captain U. S. Air Force JAG Corps
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska- 1986-1990
Assistant Judge Advocate/Military Defense Counsel

Personal: Married to Michael G. Meyers since 1989, with five children - Rachel, Nicole, Mariah, Sonia, Lucas

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Hathaway v. Alaska Interior Transport. Defended a transportation company is an automobile accident case involving an alleged serious permanent cervical injury and at arbitration successfully defended against the claim for several hundred thousands of dollars in future non-economic and economic losses.

Mendenhall v. Mat-Su Valley Medical Center, LLC d/b/a Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, et al, Case No. 3AN-08-8548 CI – 2010 Result. Assisted Lead Counsel in representing a hospital in a birth injury case involving a minor plaintiff born with cerebral palsy with significant neurological injury. Confidential Settlement.

Faber v. Ketchikan General Hospital, et al. Summary judgment obtained on behalf of the hospital and orthopedic surgeon who provided treatment to a plaintiff claiming permanent injuries from alleged negligent treatment of calcaneus fractures in her left foot.

Greywolf v. Carroll, William, M.D., 151 P.2d 1234 (Alaska 2007). Obtained summary judgment for hospital psychiatrist on claims alleging malicious prosecution, abuse of process, invasion of privacy, and medical malpractice and judgment affirmed on appeal.

Marsingill v. O’Malley, 128 P.3d 151(Alaska 2006) – Assisted trial counsel in representing general surgeon on appeal of a defense verdict where plaintiff alleged significant neurological injury resulted from the general surgeon's alleged failure to provide adequate advice to patient.

Estate of Nick Wright and Janet and George Wright (individually) v. Dr. Matsutani & Dr. Lester. Assisted lead counsel in obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a psychologist after a 4-week trial involving allegations of negligence in providing psychotherapy to a 12-year old boy who committed suicide.

Dan Hejl, Lisbeth Hejl, Jodi Hejl and Two Minor Hejl Children v. Wasilla Ministries, Inc. Assisted lead counsel in defending a church and its officers and board members against accusations that the church was a cult that negligently interfered with plaintiffs’ parental rights by allegedly enticing their then 16-year old daughter to run away from home and join the church; at the 10-week trial plaintiffs sought a $3,050,000 verdict, but the jury specifically found the church was not a cult, and the 16-year old girl was 25% at fault, and the church was only 10% at fault, resulting in a verdict for less than $25,000.

Estate of Strong v. University of Washington Medical Center, Mary Stewart, M.D., et al., Case No. 3AN-96-8977 Civil. Assisted lead counsel defending the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) against allegations of physician negligence in recommending chemotherapy dosage to local treating physicians that resulted in repeated overdoses of chemotherapy drug that allegedly hastened the death of 32-year-old mother and wife. After a 3-week trial, jury awarded plaintiffs $1,640,000 with UWMC being found only 10 percent liable, and UWMC settled before entry of final judgment for $200,000.

Ward v. Lutheran Hospitals & Homes Society of America, Inc., d/b/a Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Case No. 4FA‑93‑3046 Civil/Supreme Court Case No. S‑7592 [reported as Ward v. Lutheran Hospitals & Homes Society of America, Inc., d/b/a Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, 963 P.2d 1031 (Alaska 1998)]. Obtained summary judgment for hospital against allegations that the hospital was negligent and failed to obtain informed consent from a patient who allegedly contracted Hepatitis C from several blood transfusions during a hospitalization. Judgment affirmed on appeal.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

Medical Insurance Exchange of California, PeaceHealth/ PeaceHealth Medical Center, National Claims Management, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Norcal Insurance Company, Chugiak Senior Citizens, Inc.


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association