Paul Sheely
Expertise Overview

Paul’s practice is focused on defending general contractors, real estate developers, and specialty subcontractors in construction defect related litigation in both Oregon and Washington.

His litigation experience spans 25 years in the areas of construction defect litigation and appellate work in both state and federal court. Paul is known for his expertise in defending design professionals in malpractice claims as well as defending builders against property owners in construction-related claims.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Paul worked for several years as a general litigator focusing on criminal defense as well as a wide range of civil litigation both at the trial and appellate level. Paul has extensive experience in all phases of litigation including pre-trial practice, trial practice, and appellate work.

Relevant Cases

Paul successfully appealed a fire loss case based on an improper jury instruction, which resulted in the reversal of a large award. He has also successfully appealed litigation surrounding interpretation and application of Washington’s Notice of Construction Defect Statute. Paul has defended numerous dispositive motions in relation to the interpretation of the “Economic Loss Rule” in Oregon.


Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 1991
Central Washington University, B.S., Construction Management Technology, 1987
Columbia Basin College, A.E., Engineering Technology, 1979

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Admitted, United States District Court, District of Oregon
Admitted, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program
Best Lawyers in America - 2019 - 2021
Oregon Super Lawyer - 2018 - 2020

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • General Contractors
    • Subcontractors
    • Construction & Development
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
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