Mike Staskiews
Expertise Overview

As a leader in Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group, Mike leverages proficiency, over a decade of experience, and hard-nosed determination to give his clients the advantage. Mike focuses on representing general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, and design professionals in all aspects of construction defect and design claims.

Before joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Mike worked on construction defect litigation with a niche Oregon-based insurance defense firm. During his time there, Mike gained substantial experience in depositions, arbitrations, and mediations. Mike has also worked as a judicial clerk in Multnomah County Circuit Court where he was closely mentored by trial court judges on all aspects of criminal and civil trials. He has been exposed to numerous trials, including working alongside some of Oregon’s most experienced litigators.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Mike graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review and competed with Gonzaga Law School’s National Trial Team.

Relevant Cases

While working on a recent case, Mike prepared the briefing for a successful summary judgment motion with respect to a property damage claim, related to erosion caused by a creek on a neighboring property, estimated between $1.1 – 1.3 million.


Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 2007
Arizona State University, B.A., Business, magna cum laude, 2001

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • General Contractors
    • Subcontractors
    • Construction & Development
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Legal Alert Construction & Development Developers General Contractors Subcontractors A Contractor May Be Able to Escape Liability for Construction Defects but Only if the Defects Solely Resulted from the Deficient Plans or Specifications Wednesday October 28, 2020 By: Michael Staskiews
Legal Alert Construction & Development General Contractors Subcontractors Washington Court of Appeals Addresses when a Construction Contract Can and Cannot be Terminated Without a Remedy Period Wednesday August 26, 2020 By: Michael Staskiews
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development Laying the Foundation: The Basics of Oregon and Washington Construction Law Tuesday January 3, 2017 By: Michael Staskiews
Legal Alert Personal Lines WA Case Update: Vendetta Blogger “SLAPP”ed Down by Court of Appeals Thursday May 28, 2015 By: Michael Staskiews
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Vendetta Blogger “SLAPP”ed Down by Court of Appeals Wednesday May 28, 2014 By: Michael Staskiews
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Partial Settlement Agreements Do Not Always Defeat Joint & Several Liability Thursday October 24, 2013 By: Michael Staskiews
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Slip and Fall Washington Case Update: Slip & Falls: The Self-Service Exception Requires Some Evidence That Customers Cause Spills in the Area of the Fall Thursday October 10, 2013 By: Michael Staskiews
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