Melanie Rose
Partner
Expertise Overview

Melanie is a litigator with a diverse civil litigation practice focusing on catastrophic injury, premises liability, automobile liability, dram shop, and commercial litigation. Melanie’s practice takes her all over the state of Oregon and Washington regularly, and occasionally into Idaho as well. She has given a number of presentations on changes in Oregon and Washington law highlighting the Pacific Northwest’s unique legal landscape.

Before joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Melanie handled first-party insurance claims including claims related to PIP, UM/UIM, bad faith, and consumer protection act claims on behalf of insurance carriers. Melanie also has experience handling insurance subrogation matters. This high-volume practice placed a premium on efficiency, diligence, and energy that has carried over into her current practice.

In law school, Melanie won awards for both client advocacy and legal writing. Some of Melanie’s first experiences in the legal community were volunteering for the Washington County Family Law Assistance Program and working at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Melanie is an Oregon native and grew up in a handful of smaller, Southern Oregon towns. She moved to the big city for law school, fell in love with Portland, and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Away from work, Melanie can usually be found teaching knitting lessons at a local yarn shop, checking out a local brewery, or getting her yearly supply of Vitamin D during the 4 months of the year that it’s dry enough to be outside.

Education

Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2012
Lawrence University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, Idaho State Bar Association
Admitted, U.S. District Court of the District of Oregon
Admitted, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington
Admitted, U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington
Admitted, U.S. District Court of the District of Idaho
Admitted, U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Premises Liability
    • Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Success Story 4th and 10… An Improbable Comeback Win at the Washington Court of Appeals Tuesday December 1, 2020 By: Firm Authorship, Jessica Kamish
Success Story When to Fight Back with a Counterclaim Thursday November 19, 2020 By: Jeff Eberhard
Success Story The Strategy in Jury Selection: Using Voir Dire to the Defendant’s Advantage Tuesday August 11, 2020 By: Jessica Kamish
Success Story Securing Victory Under Securities Laws Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Research Pays Off (to the Tune of $2.2 Million) Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Drawing the (Property) Line Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Multi-National Retailer’s Discrimination Mitigated Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Allegations of Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Employment Law Violations? Denied. Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Rejected: A Desperate Attempt to Recover Expenses Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story An $18,000,000 Dismissal Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story The Early Bird Gets the Case Dismissed Friday December 20, 2019 By: Josh Hayward
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Success Story The Case of the Mysterious Torn Medial Meniscus Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Hit and Run Dismissed Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Admitting Liability and Saving Costs Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
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Success Story Know Your Venue: Taking Advantage of Arbitration Rules to Gain the Upper Hand and Mitigate Costs Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Pre-Existing Conditions Affirmed, No Additional Recovery Earned Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Dog Bite Dilemma Friday December 20, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
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Mandatory Civil Arbitration Success Story Punitive Damages Denied for Improper Filing Thursday December 19, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Due Diligence and Maintaining Position Leaves Ashley with a Happy Client Thursday December 19, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
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Success Story Diligent Preparation and Spotting Fatal Flaws in the Other Side’s Case Leads to Favorable Outcome Thursday March 22, 2018 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Persistence and Staying Focused on the Facts Leads to Unanimous Defense Verdict Wednesday January 10, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Litigation Success: Due Diligence and Maintaining Position Leaves Ashley with a Happy Client Thursday December 28, 2017 By: Firm Authorship, Thomas McCurdy
Success Story Occam’s Razor at Work Wednesday February 17, 2016 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Cleaning the Slate: Using Witness Strengths to Dispel Juror’s Pre-Conceived Notions Wednesday February 17, 2016 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Whose Fault is it Anyway? Friday December 11, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story No Tolerance For Tardiness Monday October 19, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Using the Right Rulebook Monday October 19, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Know the Law In and Out: Developing the Right Game Plan to Keep Costs Down Wednesday September 16, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Absolute Duty Not Lost in Translation Thursday July 16, 2015 By: Gordon Klug
Success Story The Show Must Go On Thursday July 9, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Turning Over a New Leaf Thursday July 2, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan, Sean Conner
Success Story Disproving a Self Serving Story Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Sticking to Your Guns with Trucking Clients Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Low Impact Accident Leads to Low Verdict Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Credibility Clenches Case Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story The Buck Stops Here Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Burying Your Head in the Sand Will Get You Nowhere Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Plaintiff’s Case Lost in Translation Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Disc Bulge Dispute Friday June 26, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Jobsite Injury Claims Dismissed Friday June 26, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story A Successful Appeal of OSHA Jobsite Violations Friday June 26, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Facebook Detective: Using Social Media to Debunk Exaggerated Claims Tuesday June 23, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Running Out The Clock Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
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Success Story Design Defects Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Breaking Bad Advice Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Bringing Down the House (By Proving Plaintiff Brought Down the Door) Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story All in the Details: Using Inconsistencies to Win at Summary Judgment Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Gordon Klug
Success Story Snowpocalypse: Negligence and Bad Faith Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Success Story Trial Venue: Conservative Controversy Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story “Excusable Neglect” – Excused Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Lack of Evidence for an Erroneous Equestrian Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Success Story Road Rage Rebuttal Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Jeff Eberhard
Success Story Hotel’s Liability Hotly Contested Thursday November 6, 2014 By: Firm Authorship
Legal Alert Don’t Have the Evidence? What Happens if You Pretend To? Monday March 22, 2021 By: Jeff Eberhard
Legal Alert Texting While Driving? Not Relevant! Wednesday February 10, 2021 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Oregon Personal Lines – Year in Review Friday October 23, 2020 By: Josh Hayward, Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Attorney Fee Exposure in UM/UIM Friday October 5, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
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Legal Alert Employment Update: FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked Until May 2017 Wednesday February 22, 2017 By: William Taaffe
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Legal Alert Employment Update: Put ‘em Up – US DOL Mandatory Posters Monday September 12, 2016 By: William Taaffe
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Legal Alert WA Case Update: Vendetta Blogger “SLAPP”ed Down by Court of Appeals Thursday May 28, 2015 By: Michael Staskiews
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Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: Lack of Interpersonal Skills and the ADA Saturday September 13, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Vendetta Blogger “SLAPP”ed Down by Court of Appeals Wednesday May 28, 2014 By: Michael Staskiews
Award & Recognition Four Smith Freed Eberhard Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Thursday February 20, 2020 By: Firm Authorship
Award & Recognition 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 8 SFE Attorneys! Monday December 30, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Award & Recognition