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Gordon Klug
Partner
  • Washington

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.A notable trial victory for Gordon involved a slip-and-fall case in Snohomish County Superior Court where the jury found the plaintiff 57% at fault for her own injuries and awarded her only $10,000 for “pain and suffering”. In this case, the attorneys stipulated that the plaintiff’s medical bills “proximately caused” by the fall were $38,000 and, in the end, the plaintiff received approximately $26,000 which was not enough to satisfy her medical lien.

Gordon has also successfully handled a mandatory arbitration case where he obtained a defense verdict for his client. He also received a favorable verdict in King County District Court where the jury awarded only $1 in pain and suffering to the plaintiff.

Jake Rasmussen
Associate Attorney
  • Oregon /
  • Washington

Jake is an associate on Josh Hayward‘s team. He focuses on automotive insurance defense and personal injury where he draws on his experience in investigating the validity of claims against his corporate and public clients.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Jake represented self-insured employers in Oregon and Washington for a workers’ compensation defense firm in Lake Oswego, Oregon. There, Jake managed an active caseload of over 50 separate matters for a major US grocery chain, proving himself to be an instrumental part of negotiating favorable settlements and the closure of claims. He also represented many corporations and government bodies in litigation before the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.

Additionally, Jake spent much of his early practice helping the average citizen. In the wake of the housing crisis, Jake represented distressed homeowners against banks in mortgage litigation, typically for improper lending practices. He also managed a firm’s unlawful detainer caseload throughout litigation while representing his clients in all court proceedings.

Prior to earning his Juris Doctor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Jake researched state legislative history and statutes for a Sacramento-based firm specializing in legislative intent research. He has also researched labor, employment, and real property issues for senior attorneys at three California state bodies.

Jessica Kamish
Jessica Kamish
Associate Attorney
  • Washington

Jessica is an associate on Tom McCurdy and Ashley Nagrodski’s team providing defense for insurers and their insureds in a variety of commercial litigation suits. Jessica’s practice focuses on automobile accidents, premises liability, product liability, first and third party personal injury, and uninsured and underinsured motorist cases.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Jessica worked as a civil litigator on both the plaintiffs 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.

Joy Lee
Associate Attorney
  • Washington

Joy is an associate attorney on Cliff Wilson’s team, focusing on Personal Lines defense.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Joy’s legal career started in Philadelphia and included working for the Philadelphia Law Department, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and a small civil defense firm representing municipal entities in tort litigation and workers’ compensation claims.

Joy is a proud graduate of Villanonva University School of Law and served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.  During school she worked with the Philadelphia Homeless Advocacy Project, Defender’s Association of Philadelphia, and the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, litigating matters on behalf of the indigent, all of which provided valuable experiences which inform her practice today.

Joy is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, spending her free time at concerts, checking out local new eats, and cooking and baking with her daughter.