Kyle Riley
Expertise Overview

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.


Relevant Cases

In Bauducco-Heiss v. Jim Fruitt Trucking, Kyle was the lead attorney defending a truck driver and trucking company in a lawsuit related to a serious motor vehicle accident involving the death of two adults and a serious brain injury of a young girl. Kyle was able to locate a favorable witness and retain an expert to defeat the codefendant’s attempts to be dismissed from the underlying case. The case ended in a global settlement.

In Naylor v. Gwin & Sons Logging, Kyle was the trial attorney for a third-party defendant alleged to have caused damage to a pipeline through their logging activities. Defense retained joint experts able to plot the pipeline and identify the source of the failures as being caused by freezing damage unrelated to logging activity. Kyle’s cross-examination resulted in the plaintiff’s expert admitting that he had not measured the length of the line. The jury returned a defense verdict after an hour of deliberation entitling the lead defendant to recover their attorney fees from the plaintiff.


Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 2002
Pacific University, B.A., Mathematics & Political Science, 1998

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Member, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
Admitted, United States District Court, District of Oregon
Admitted, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate
Washington Super Lawyers - 2018 - 2020

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
    • Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • First & Third Party / SIU
    • Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O)
    • Construction & Development
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Success Story Snowpocalypse: Negligence and Bad Faith Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Success Story Lack of Evidence for an Erroneous Equestrian Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Contract Cannot Bar CPA Claim Thursday April 27, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
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