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.


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 Oregon Personal Lines Year in Review Friday October 23, 2020 By: Josh Hayward, Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: When is Police Officer Testimony Admissible? Wednesday October 25, 2017 By: Josh Hayward
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: How Limited are LLC Members’ Liability? Thursday October 9, 2014 By: Josh Hayward
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