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Smith Freed Eberhard, P.C. is a regional litigation defense firm with offices located in both Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The firm is known for creative solutions that achieve favorable results for our clients. Attorneys at the firm are consistently recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as being top-ranked trial lawyers. The firm handles a variety of cases throughout Oregon and Washington in the firm’s main practice areas: Commercial Liability Defense, Construction and Development, Personal Lines Defense, Bad Faith, Excess and Surplus Lines, Errors and Omissions (E&O), Directors and Officers (D&O), and Employment Practice.

The attorneys at Smith Freed Eberhard are dedicated, energetic advocates who always look for the right solution to our clients’ problems, and the most efficient manner of solving them. We attempt to resolve cases at the earliest point possible, by settlement or by using alternative means of resolution, but we realize that not all cases can be resolved outside of the courtroom. Our experienced trial lawyers are prepared to represent our clients in the courts when necessary.

Our trial lawyers gain knowledge not only in the courtroom but also in the classroom. Smith Freed Eberhard’s attorneys sharpen their trial and litigation skills by participating in the firm’s internal training programs. Most notable is the firm’s “Black Belt” Trial Advocacy Training Program, which is available to our attorneys and our clients. This interactive training program provides our attorneys with the concepts and tools needed to expand and hone their trial skills.

At Smith Freed Eberhard, a senior attorney supervises each case, ensuring each client the most comprehensive representation. Associate attorneys, paralegals, and staff have at their disposal the best tools available. Emerging technologies make research and communication extremely efficient, and we invest wisely in applicable litigation technology to achieve the best results. Our partners and senior attorneys mentor our new associates, creating teams with diverse experiences which foster successful litigators.

Smith Freed Eberhard is an active, vocal member of the insurance community. Our attorneys are prolific writers and speakers on a wide variety of both prescient and traditional topics in the insurance field. In addition to various self-published periodicals, our Partners contribute to legal and industry publications. Over the years, these contributions have received substantial positive feedback from clients and others. Smith Freed Eberhard’s continuing legal education program sends attorneys into industry gatherings and clients’ offices to speak on recent rulings, precedents, and current legislative developments impacting their businesses.

Our firm is committed to helping claims professionals and insurance carriers by providing timely and relevant legal information. On our site, you can visit our legal resources to view or subscribe to a number of publications that we provide for claims professionals who handle litigation in Oregon and Washington. Our legal resources include:

  • Legal Alerts: Provide a summarized review of significant changes in case law in Oregon and Washington. These alerts are available on our website and are indexed by practice area. You may also sign up to receive a weekly email containing new legal alerts as they are published.
  • Summaries of Law: Provide insight into Oregon and Washington case law and legal statutes. Digital versions of these publications can be found on our website. Hard copy versions are also available upon request.
  • Presentations: The attorneys of Smith Freed Eberhard are skilled speakers and presenters. They present throughout the country for numerous trade associations / groups and on-site at client meetings. Smith Freed Eberhard also offers monthly webinars on various emerging legal topics. On our website you can find upcoming presentations and view recordings of past presentations on demand.
  • White Papers: The attorneys at Smith Freed Eberhard publish articles in a number of legal and industry publications. We have gathered these articles and placed them on our site for your benefit.

Please take the time to view our resources and professional resumes; I encourage you to contact me with any questions or suggestions as to how we can improve the Smith Freed Eberhard experience for you and your organization.


Jeffrey Eberhard Managing Partner
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