Joshua Hayward
Expertise Overview

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.

Relevant Cases

Josh has significant practice defending premises liability claims against property owners including churches, restaurants, stores, hotels, and bars, and he has successfully litigated product liability claims involving national tire manufacturers, do-it-yourself home supply chains, equipment rental companies, and engineering companies. He also represents several local and regional commercial and personal lines insurers and their insureds in Oregon and Washington.


Pepperdine University, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Oregon State University, B.A., History, Spanish minor, cum laude, 1997

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, California State Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Multnomah County Bar Association

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • UM/UIM
    • PIP
    • Dog Bite
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Success Story The Early Bird Gets the Case Dismissed Friday December 20, 2019 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Disproving a Self Serving Story Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Low Impact Accident Leads to Low Verdict Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Disc Bulge Dispute Friday June 26, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Webinar Washington Personal Lines – Year in Review Friday January 29, 2021 By: Josh Hayward, Melanie Rose
Webinar Oregon Personal Lines – Year in Review Friday October 23, 2020 By: Josh Hayward, Cliff Wilson
Webinar An Introduction to the Updated Rules and Regulations for First Party Claims Tuesday April 24, 2018 By: Josh Hayward
Webinar 2016 – A Year In Review Oregon and Washington Personal Lines Friday February 3, 2017 By: Josh Hayward
Webinar The 411 on SB 411 Thursday June 25, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
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