With a career spanning over 30 years, successfully representing a wide range of clients in complex and high profile cases, Managing Partner Jeff Eberhard is a recognizable and reputable force within the industry.
Jeff’s practice focuses on civil litigation throughout Oregon and Washington with an emphasis on the defense of complex liability claims, most notably, in dram shop/liquor liability. By successfully defending hundreds of cases, Jeff’s expert knowledge of Oregon’s Dram Shop Act, and how to defend against it, is unparalleled.
Kyle Riley manages the firm’s Seattle, Washington, office. He has profound expertise in Washington bad faith law, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury claims. Kyle also has significant experience defending fire losses, trucking companies, banking institutions, and self-insured rental car companies.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Kyle worked with the Oregon Department of Justice where he gained significant litigation experience specializing in the recovery of self-insured losses. He joined Smith Freed Eberhard in 2003.
Josh’s practice focuses on the defense of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. He represents companies and the insureds of several large insurance carriers against claims arising from the alleged negligent use of motor vehicles, products liability, and premises liability.
Josh started as an associate at Smith Freed Eberhard in 2001. He has been a partner since 2008. Josh leads a group of attorneys that specialize in trying cases and effective pre-trial litigation. Josh typically tries several cases a year to jury verdict.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Josh gained experience in civil litigation, criminal defense, and family law while clerking at a firm in Salem, Oregon. While attending law school, he spent time in London, UK, where he served as a solicitor’s clerk for a high-profile firm advocating on behalf of individuals alleging human rights violations.
Paul’s practice is focused on defending general contractors, real estate developers, and specialty subcontractors in construction defect related litigation in both Oregon and Washington.
His litigation experience spans 25 years in the areas of construction defect litigation and appellate work in both state and federal court. Paul is known for his expertise in defending design professionals in malpractice claims as well as defending builders against property owners in construction-related claims.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Paul worked for several years as a general litigator focusing on criminal defense as well as a wide range of civil litigation both at the trial and appellate level. Paul has extensive experience in all phases of litigation including pre-trial practice, trial practice, and appellate work.
Ryan specializes in defending a wide range of personal injury claims and has significant representation in construction and job-site injuries, automobile accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, premise liability, and products liability and has extended his practice to work closely with Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Ryan gained his insurance defense experience working at law firms in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. While attending law school, Ryan served as an associate editor of the Oregon Law Review, preparing articles for publication and conducting associated research.
Cliff’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of personal injury and property damage claims brought against commercial and personal lines insurers and their insureds. His practice involves the handling of a wide range of cases, including personal injury negligence, errors & omission, liquor liability, construction defect, and business litigation.
Cliff has experience taking cases to jury verdicts as a lead trial attorney and has conducted numerous arbitrations and mediations in both Oregon and Washington. Cliff is also experienced in insurance coverage matters and regularly advises and defends carriers in coverage disputes. In addition, Cliff manages the firm’s probate and subrogation practices.
Cliff’s well-rounded legal background has provided him with the ability to quickly evaluate key issues and identify strategic opportunities in his cases. This enables his clients to efficiently and effectively prepare for trial or pursue favorable early resolution of matters when appropriate.
Specializing in the defense of large loss and catastrophic injury claims, Bill Taaffe regularly defends claims based on premises liability, products liability, liquor liability (Dram Shop), defamation, commercial auto liability, and general negligence. If it is a large, complex case, it often ends up on Bill’s desk.
In addition to his expertise in the Commercial Lines realm, Bill has considerable international business experience–having worked in several different countries over a period of many years. His international background has provided him with the ability to masterfully view case handling situations through multiple perspectives and continues to help him find creative solutions to complex legal matters.
Bill has extensive experience defending large, complex GL claims ranging up to 28 million dollars. He has successfully represented clients from all over the US and abroad and, in the last 5 years, Bill has successfully defended many complicated matters involving products liability, fire loss, premises liability, and Dram Shop. He regularly obtains excellent results for his clients–often far beyond expectations.
In sports parlance—Bill has a “strong motor”—always ready to jump on a plane to meet with out-of-state clients, work long hours, and do whatever is necessary to fully defend a claim and take care of his clients.
Tom is an experienced litigator with an extensive background handling civil litigation matters. From product liability and personal injury matters to sexual abuse or medical malpractice allegations, Tom’s reliability and dedication allows his clients peace of mind through what can prove to be a long and stressful process.
Not only has Tom defended numerous product liability matters that have resulted in early dismissals, successful settlements, and favorable jury verdicts, but also lends himself to favorable outcomes with sensitive suits involving healthcare providers and medical malpractice.
After handling this variety of complex cases throughout his career, Tom has proven to be an asset to the clients he works with and continues to show an endless drive in the pursuit for client success.
As a leader in Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group, Mike leverages proficiency, over a decade of experience, and hard-nosed determination to give his clients the advantage. Mike focuses on representing general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, and design professionals in all aspects of construction defect and design claims.
Before joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Mike worked on construction defect litigation with a niche Oregon-based insurance defense firm. During his time there, Mike gained substantial experience in depositions, arbitrations, and mediations. Mike has also worked as a judicial clerk in Multnomah County Circuit Court where he was closely mentored by trial court judges on all aspects of criminal and civil trials. He has been exposed to numerous trials, including working alongside some of Oregon’s most experienced litigators.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mike graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review and competed with Gonzaga Law School’s National Trial Team.
With a strong business and litigation background, and over 20 years of first-chair trial experience, Gordon knows exactly which strategies will make a weak case stronger as well as what makes practical and financial sense. Gordon’s practice focuses on construction defect litigation defending developers, general contractors, and subcontractors throughout Washington state and works closely with Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Gordon worked in-house for Travelers Insurance Company where he led the opening of the construction defect unit for their Seattle Staff Counsel office. He also focused on slip-and-falls, auto liability, construction liability, and commercial claims. Before joining Travelers, he worked for four years with the Hartford Insurance Company where he specialized in construction defect and complex commercial liability cases.
Gordon has successfully first-chaired over 50 jury trials to verdict. He is a licensed attorney before the Washington State and Appellate Courts, the United States District Court, as well as with the Puyallup Tribal Court.
Sean provides defense for insurers and their insureds in complex litigation suits in the areas of automotive claims, commercial liability defense, first and third-party claims, and SIU claims.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Sean was a judicial clerk in both Lane County and Multnomah County. During this time, he was able to observe over 75 court and jury trials and gain insight into advanced trial tactics.
While attending law school, Sean also worked as a law clerk at a mid-sized civil litigation firm in Eugene, Oregon. In this role, he became skilled in executing legal research and distilling his findings into concise arguments. In addition, he honed his composition techniques for creating effective legal documents.
Melanie is a litigator with a diverse civil litigation practice focusing on catastrophic injury, premises liability, automobile liability, dram shop, and commercial litigation. Melanie’s practice takes her all over the state of Oregon and Washington regularly, and occasionally into Idaho as well. She has given a number of presentations on changes in Oregon and Washington law highlighting the Pacific Northwest’s unique legal landscape.
Before joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Melanie handled first-party insurance claims including claims related to PIP, UM/UIM, bad faith, and consumer protection act claims on behalf of insurance carriers. Melanie also has experience handling insurance subrogation matters. This high-volume practice placed a premium on efficiency, diligence, and energy that has carried over into her current practice.
In law school, Melanie won awards for both client advocacy and legal writing. Some of Melanie’s first experiences in the legal community were volunteering for the Washington County Family Law Assistance Program and working at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Melanie is an Oregon native and grew up in a handful of smaller, Southern Oregon towns. She moved to the big city for law school, fell in love with Portland, and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Away from work, Melanie can usually be found teaching knitting lessons at a local yarn shop, checking out a local brewery, or getting her yearly supply of Vitamin D during the 4 months of the year that it’s dry enough to be outside.
Brian Schiewe is an experienced litigator with a diverse legal background that helps him quickly grasp what will dictate a case’s outcome. Brian’s practice focuses on commercial liability defense, automotive defense, and business litigation.
Brian joined Smith Freed Eberhard in 2015 and practices out of the firm’s Seattle office. Before joining the firm, Brian worked as an associate attorney at a boutique insurance defense firm where he defended policyholders against a wide variety of claims including personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, earth movement, and maritime claims. Responsible for all aspects of litigation, Brian honed his litigation and resolution skills across a multitude of practice areas that serve as the foundation for his practice today.
Before attending law school, Brian managed all aspects of litigation support as a paralegal at a Seattle, Washington firm, where he focused primarily on complex litigation and prosecuting class action cases involving corporate fraud and misconduct.
Denny is a founding member of Smith Freed Eberhard. His practice specializes in complex civil cases with a focus on catastrophic personal injury claims.
With over 41 year’s experience, Denny is a seasoned attorney in a variety of litigation areas, including job-site injury, premises liability, construction dispute, products liability, business tort, large automobile and commercial transportation injury, fraud and property trespass. Denny has conducted over 300 jury trials and arbitrations involving numerous individuals and business entities. He has also participated in legislative sessions on behalf of the Defense Bar.
Bob is a founding member of Smith Freed Eberhard and has over 40 years of litigation experience. Bob frequently prepares and delivers seminars and lectures to insurance professionals and trade organizations on insurance coverage issues, hot topics, and legislative updates. He also has spent several years training agents for large insurers on all aspects of claims with an emphasis on errors & omissions liability and how to avoid it.
Bob’s practice is broad-based in all aspects of insurance defense. He focuses on Special Investigations Unit, first-party property issues, as well as property-related casualty claims. Bob provides coverage opinions for all aspects of property and casualty insurance and he conducts fraud investigations.
Steve’s practice primarily involves defending builders in construction defect disputes. He also devotes a significant amount of his time to advising employers in regard to employment matters and representing employers in disputes arising from such matters. During the past fifteen years, Steve has been heavily involved in all aspects of insurance coverage law, from drafting insurance policy terms to advising insurance companies with regard to their duties in a wide variety of circumstances, as well as defending insurance companies in coverage disputes in Oregon and Washington courts.
Melanie’s practice focuses primarily on commercial liability defense, including premises liability, products liability, automobile liability, negligence, catastrophic injury, and liquor liability (dram shop) claims.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Melanie worked at a defense firm in Portland where her practice focused on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Prior to that, she worked at insurance defense firms in both Portland and Seattle where her practice included defense of third-party claims.
During law school, Melanie worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice, Civil Litigation Section and externed for the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She was also an Associate Editor-In-Chief on the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy.
Jake’s practice involves defense in the area of personal lines. He handles first and third party motor vehicle actions, real property and easement disputes, premises liability, employer and landlord defense, and general personal injury matters. Jake represents clients throughout Oregon and Washington.
Before to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Jake worked for a leading regional workers compensation defense firm representing self-insured employers in Oregon and Washington. He managed the firm’s caseload for a major U.S. grocery chain, and he argued matters before the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
Prior to relocating to Oregon, Jake was an associate in a California firm working on behalf of aggrieved homeowners in the wake of the mortgage crisis where he represented clients in foreclosure and unlawful detainer proceedings throughout northern California. In his free time Jake enjoys skiing, gardening and travel.
Jessica is a senior associate on Gordon Klug’s team, providing defense for insurers and their insureds in a variety of commercial litigation suits. Jessica’s practice focuses on automobile accidents, construction defect, first and third party personal injury, product liability, and uninsured and underinsured motorist cases.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Jessica worked as a civil litigator on both the plaintiff and defense side. She gained experience in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, construction defect, eminent domain, professional malpractice, and employment, in addition to federal contract and trespass law.
While attending law school in Washington, D.C., Jessica won awards for her legal writing and oral advocacy skills. Jessica also took the opportunity to intern at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, and is proud to have worked as a legal assistant for The Constitution Project’s task force on detainee treatment.
Before beginning her legal career, Jessica worked as an editor for a major publisher in D.C.
Jessica loves to spend her free time cooking, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, skiing, checking out the breweries of Seattle with friends, and introducing visitors to the adventures of the Pacific Northwest.
As an attorney working on Partner William Taaffe’s team, Jackson has gained a wealth of experience in diverse civil litigation, focusing on catastrophic injury, premises liability, automobile liability, dram shop, and commercial litigation. He has been involved with taking depositions of homeowners, general contractors, project managers, and engineers and recently worked on a lawsuit involving allegations related to the foundation installation at a single-family residence located in Washington County.
Jackson has attended multiple mediations to achieve pre-trial resolution of several construction defect cases. In addition, he has attended multiple site visits and destructive testing sessions with expert consultants to identify the scope of allegations against clients.
As a law student, Jackson spent a summer with the Alabama AG’s Office interning with the Constitutional Defense Section. He assisted construction defect attorneys with deposition preparation and researched issues such as “Daubert” challenges and voter ID laws in various states. He has also worked with the in-house counsel of a large construction firm, based out of Birmingham, AL.
Shelby Bowden is an associate attorney with Smith Freed Eberhard on Gordon Klug’s team, focusing on personal injury defense.
Before coming to Smith Freed Eberhard, Shelby completed her bachelor’s degree in international business from Florida International University and then graduated from Seattle University School of Law. While at Seattle University Law she was a law clerk at Nelson, Langer, & Engle and a legal intern at Fong Law, PLLC, where she honed her legal research and critical analysis skills. Shelby is currently in the process of earning her master’s degree in media communications from Colorado State University.
Ryan’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of personal injury, premises liability, and automotive claims. Before joining the firm, Ryan gained experience in criminal defense, family and divorce law, and municipal law, where he focused on guiding municipalities through Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Impact Assessments.
Brittany joined Smith Freed Eberhard in 2019 as an associate attorney. She previously worked as an associate attorney at Tyson and Mendes, LLP, an insurance defense firm in Seattle, WA. She has experience litigating cases from initial litigation planning, discovery and dispositive motions to arbitration and trial.
Brittany has published articles involving Washington’s arbitration limit increase, Washington’s position on Service of Process issues, property law issues, and an informative piece on women’s increased discrimination protections through changes in employment law. In addition, she served as an article editor where she revised numerous articles pertaining to insurance defense, employment law, automated vehicle and pending safety regulations, cannabis law, and women’s initiatives in the workplace.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Matt managed the Oregon office of a multi-state law firm handling an active case load of hundreds of consumer collection cases at a time. Matt started his legal career as a public defender where he obtained extensive experience taking cases to a jury verdict.
Steven Gassert is an associate attorney with Smith Freed Eberhard on Paul Sheely’s team, focusing on construction defect litigation.
Steven has a diverse legal background and has experience practicing construction defect litigation, real estate law, and condo and homeowners association law. Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Steven worked as assistant vice president and general counsel at a health care cost containment company, where he served as the company’s primary legal officer. Prior to that, he worked at a class action and mass tort solutions company, where his primary focus was construction defect litigation.
Steven is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but moved to Washington DC for school where he lived until moving to Portland in 2014. Steven has two daughters, meaning he is outnumbered three to one at home. He loves to cook, so he is always trying new recipes, even though his daughters always hate them (unless it’s chicken nuggets or mac and cheese). You could also say that he plays a lot of golf (at least once a week).
Andrew Tingkang is an associate attorney on both Thomas McCurdy’s and Gordon Klug’s teams. His practice focuses on construction defect litigation, fire loss, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, job site injury, and product liability.
Andrew has over five years of experience working in defense litigation, including helping launch a small litigation/business law firm where he worked with two partners as the sole associate.
Andrew graduated with an undergrad degree from the University of Washington with majors in political science and philosophy and a minor in earth and space science. Following this he attended the Seattle University School of Law where he authored These Aren’t the Asteroids You Are Looking For: Classifying Asteroids in Space as Chattels, Not Land, Seattle University Law Review Vol. 35, No. 2 (2012).
Andrew was born and raised in the Puget Sound area. Away from work he can be found cooking, watching TV, trying new restaurants, and traveling with his wife. Andrew is an avid science fiction and fantasy reader, a Sounders season ticket holder, and a general Seattle sports fan. Maybe most notably though, Andrew did some modeling as a 5-year-old for JC Penny and once appeared as a space law expert on Fox News.
Jason is an associate attorney on Team Cliff Wilson. Jason’s practice focuses primarily on personal injury litigation on behalf of insureds and their insurance companies. He also handles commercial line matters, working closely with businesses and their owners in defending claims brought against them.
Jason graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2019. Prior to that, he attended The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in German Studies. Jason is now licensed to practice law in Oregon. He is currently pursuing Washington licensure as well. During his years in law school, Jason worked as an intern for one of Oregon’s top trial law firms focusing on medical malpractice defense. There, he learned the intricacies of complex trial preparation and observed how skilled attorneys deployed honed and calculated strategies to achieve the best results for their clients. In that position, Jason gained extensive experience in motions practice, trial preparation, and trial support in wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. Jason brings that background knowledge and accompanying skills with him to the ranks of Smith Freed Eberhard, where he remains committed to the interests of clients and continues to insist on nothing short of the best-possible outcome.
Jason is a native of Portland, Oregon. He is also a first-generation lawyer, with his mother and father both electing medical careers. He is musically inclined and has played the cello since he was about six years old and was a member of Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony from 2006 to 2011. In his free time, Jason occupies himself with several interests including snowboarding, building custom computers, and sampling Portland’s burgeoning local restaurant and food cart scene.
Joyce is an associate attorney on Cliff Wilson’s team, with a primary focus on Personal Lines defense.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Joyce began her career as a plaintiff’s attorney at a large personal injury law firm. She brings with her a broad range of civil litigation experience to her practice ranging from premises liability, first and third party personal injury, uninsured and underinsured motorist, and personal injury protection (PIP) cases.
She received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where she was an active board member of the Seattle University Law School’s Moot Court Board and The Seattle Journal of Environmental Law. Joyce participated consistently in mock trial and appellate competitions, ultimately earning first place in a mock appellate competition.
Kyle Ellison graduated cum laude from Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, California and served as a symposium editor of the Chapman Law Review. He began his legal career in California Workers’ Compensation where he represented both injured workers and defended employers against injury claims with both in-house and private firms. He subsequently moved into private civil litigation defense where he defended insureds in cases ranging from auto accidents, personal injury, premises liability, dog bites, and other related claims. Kyle joined Smith Freed Eberhard in January 2020 where he has continued to grow his civil litigation practice, including expanding into construction defect litigation.
In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading about history, playing jazz music, swing dancing, photography, working on classic cars, and spending time with his wife and son.
Trevor J. Eisele works with Paul Sheely in Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development practice group, focusing on subrogation claims and insurance defense litigation. Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Trevor worked as a litigation clerk for Davis and Galm law Firm in Beaverton, Oregon. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oregon State University in 2016 and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2019, where he also served as an article editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review.
Carleigh is an associate attorney on Bill Taaffe’s team, and her practice focuses on commercial liability defense and personal lines defense.
Carleigh graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark in 2020. Prior to that, she attended Albion College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in psychology. Carleigh is now licensed to practice law in Oregon. During her years in law school, Carleigh was a representative within the Student Bar Association (SBA), participated in Appellate Moot Court, and was a co-founder of Students for Eliminating Environmental Discrimination (SEED). After graduating from law school in 2020, she took a judicial clerkship position with the Honorable Jeffrey S. Jones at Clackamas County Circuit Court. There she learned the intricacies of complex case litigation, civil and criminal procedure, the best strategies to use as a litigator, and developed a deeper understanding regarding the rules of evidence through the tutelage of one of the top evidence experts in Oregon. This position allowed Carleigh to obtain extensive experience in motions practice, Uniform Trial Court Rules (UTCR), and proper procedure for both jury trials and court trials.
Carleigh was born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. She is a first-generation lawyer, with most of her family electing careers in the Arts or STEM fields. Before moving to Portland for law school, Carleigh played the violin for 14 years and was second chair in the Oakland Youth Symphony, was a competitive archer and briefly trained under an Olympic archer, and she volunteered or worked at several local veterinary hospitals in Metro-Detroit. Outside of work, Carleigh can be found kayaking, checking out a local brewery or restaurant, or camping in the high deserts of eastern Oregon.
Katie Russell is an associate attorney on Team Taaffe. Katie’s practice focuses primarily on commercial liability defense.
Katie graduated from UC Davis, JD in 2020 where she worked on a class action lawsuit as a part of the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic in law school. She helped represent all inmates and ICE detainees being held at Yuba County Jail in a claim involving inadequate living conditions and denial of medical care. Her team won the class action and monitored the implementation of new procedures, ADA accessible cells, and reform of jail policies regarding medical care. Prior to this, Katie graduated Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a degree in English in 2017.
Katie was born and raised in the Bay Area in California. She moved to Oregon for undergrad and fell in love with the rain, the forest, and the Ducks. Katie went back to the sunshine for law school, but she could not deny her love for Oregon and returned to Portland to start her legal career. In her free time, Katie loves to go on adventures to discover parts of the PNW she has not seen before. She is also an avid reader and enjoys science fiction, in particular Octavia Butler and Ray Bradbury.
Lauren Barnes is an associate attorney on Team Eberhard and Team McLellan focusing on general civil litigation, motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, negligence, and slip and falls.
Lauren graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2017 where she clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office on the domestic violence team from 2015 until 2017, prosecuting her own full misdemeanor caseload while being supervised by a Deputy District Attorney. Prior to that she attended Colorado State University where she graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Studies in 2013.
Before Smith Freed Eberhard, Lauren worked as an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Goldberg & Loren, P.A., a national plaintiffs’ personal injury firm, from 2020 through 2021, and prior to that worked at Tiffany Davidson, Attorney at Law, P.C. as an associate attorney, specializing in high-conflict family law and child representation from 2018 through 2020.
Lauren is from Colorado and grew up with a love for the outdoors, however, she was not a fan of the regular snowfall and freezing temperatures from October through April. Because of that she began looking at the Pacific Northwest when applying to law schools. Once she visited Oregon, she instantly fell in love with the state and never wanted to leave. Specifically, she loves the energy and inclusive and laidback nature of Portland. Away from work, you can find Lauren baking sweets treats and other baked goods (quarantine reinvigorated this hobby) and exploring the hiking trails of the PNW with her boyfriend and their Siberian Husky, Kimchi.
Nathaniel is an associate attorney on Cliff Wilson’s team, and his practice focuses on commercial liability defense, negligence, and products liability.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Nathaniel worked as an Attorney at The Gatti Law Firm in Salem. Before that he clerked at Swanson Lathen Prestwich in Salem, and The Law Offices of Randall Wolfe in Lake Oswego. Nathaniel worked as a biologist in healthcare and research, spending nearly 10 years at Rocky Mountain Sleep Diagnostics Inc. before attending law school, and currently he is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Western States College of Chiropractic Medicine where he teaches medical ethics and jurisprudence to third year medical students.
At Willamette University College of Law, Nathaniel authored “Designing People: A Bioethical Analyses of the Laws and Regulations Regarding the Genetic Manipulation of Human Fetuses” Willamette Law Review (2021), and he co-authored “Racial Justice Task Force Report to Oregon Supreme Court” (2021). Nathaniel was also 1 of 7 law students from Willamette inducted into the Order of Barristers in 2020, and he received the Col. Rupert J. Park Pro Bono Student of the Year Award, which is given to the one law student who volunteers the most free, legal “pro bono” hours over the course of law school. Nathaniel donated roughly 1,000 hours over 3 years, and most of his time was spent with under-served students from 6-12 grade, DACA “Dreamers,” and teaching the “Youth and Law” course to teenage mothers at Early College High School.
Now Nathaniel speaks to assemblies of AVID students from 6-12 grade about succeeding in school despite trauma and physical limitations, reaching nearly 20,000 students in the Salem-Keizer School district over the past 3 years. As a result of his involvement with AVID assemblies, he was invited to and spoke at “Dory Day”, an all-day event where Early College High School students attend workshops normally focused on preventing violence against women and girls.
Nathaniel is from Price, Utah and grew up the middle of 7 kids. He went to Carbon High School where he was captain of the varsity soccer team and won the state championship for “Best Entrée” as a member of the schools Pro-Start culinary team. Nathaniel and his wife, Debbie, have been married for nearly 12 years now and have 3 very cute and moderately well-behave kids; Bridgette, Jonathan, and Phillip. Outside of work, Nathaniel considers himself an amateur paleontologist, and he like to plan trips to hunt and find fossils to take back home and delicately prepare them for display or donation to a museum. Nathaniel is a member of NARG and has a special license that allows him to collect rare fossils along Oregon’s coast and beaches.
Justin joined the firm leadership team at Smith Freed Eberhard in 2008.
Justin has served in a variety of operational roles including director of marketing, director of client service, director of business operations, and now fulfills his current role as director of legal operations.
The initiatives Justin has lead at Smith Freed Eberhard have transformed the firm’s IT infrastructure, legal supply chain, and customer value offerings.
The aspect of his job that Justin enjoys the most is partnering with claims professionals to identify the business challenges they face and develop solutions that bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard Justin was a partner at Impress Systems, a cloud based, enterprise management application that allowed insurance carriers to more effectively handle payment of insurance premiums, policy management, and agent retention.
Justin holds an MBA and MS in International Business from Boston University.