Bob Smith
Expertise Overview

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.

Relevant Cases

Bob has conducted over 500 examinations under oath, has tried approximately 150 cases to a jury verdict, and has conducted upwards of 300 arbitration cases.

During the last four decades practicing litigation law, he has had numerous case successes. Though there are too many to count, some do stand out as favorites.

He defended the first methamphetamine clean-up case in the county and was interviewed in an article in the Wall Street Journal about the case. Bob has handled numerous first-party lawsuits at the appellate level, many of which established new laws in those areas. Bob has also assisted several national insurance carriers in rewriting portions of their insurance policies to better protect themselves and their insureds.



University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1975
University of Oregon, B.S., Finance, 1971

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, International Association of Arson Investigators
Member, Litigation Counsel of America (a trial lawyer honorary)
Member, Council on Litigation Management
Member, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Admitted, United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Negligence
    • Trucking & Transportation
    • Products Liability
    • Slip and Fall
    • Timber Trespass
    • Tenant Landlord
    • Premises Liability
    • Jobsite Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • UM/UIM
    • PIP
    • Dog Bite
    • First & Third Party / SIU
    • Property Loss
    • Arson
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon