Ryan McLellan
Expertise Overview

Ryan specializes in defending a wide range of personal injury claims and has significant representation in construction and job-site injuries, automobile accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, premise liability, and products liability and has extended his practice to work closely with Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Ryan gained his insurance defense experience working at law firms in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. While attending law school, Ryan served as an associate editor of the Oregon Law Review, preparing articles for publication and conducting associated research.

Relevant Cases

Ryan successfully briefed and argued the Court of Appeals case, Bell v. Morales, 207 Or App 326 (2006), which established that ORCP 54E offers of judgment can limit attorney fees under ORS 20.080. He prepared and argued multiple successful motions for summary judgment related to construction and jobsite injury claims. Ryan also has litigation and trial experience in defending bodily injury and wrongful death claims involving construction site injuries and auto accidents.


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 2002
Willamette University, B.S., Politics and Economics, 1998

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association

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
    • Personal Lines
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
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 Turning Over a New Leaf Thursday July 2, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan, Sean Conner
Success Story A Successful Appeal of OSHA Jobsite Violations Friday June 26, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
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
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