Ryan McLellan
Partner
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.

Education

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 Commercial Liability Defense Negligence 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 Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Turning Over a New Leaf Thursday July 2, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan, Sean Conner
Success Story Construction & Development A Successful Appeal of OSHA Jobsite Violations Friday June 26, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense Trial Venue: Conservative Controversy Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense Premises Liability “Excusable Neglect” – Excused Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Legal Alert Timber Trespass Oregon Court of Appeals Doubles Down on Double Damages Under Timber Trespass Statute Thursday March 4, 2021 By: Ryan McLellan
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Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Tenant Landlord Oregon Landlord Tenant Law for CGL Insurers and Claims Reps Thursday May 16, 2019 By: Ryan McLellan, Sean Conner
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Jobsite Injury Products Liability Oregon Case Update: Oregon Supreme Court Determines that the Noneconomic Damages Cap Does Not Apply in Any Case Involving Workers’ Compensation Thursday April 25, 2019 By: Ryan McLellan
Legal Alert Products Liability Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Supreme Court Limits the Applicability of Oregon’s Statute of Repose in Product Liability Actions Thursday December 13, 2018 By: Ryan McLellan
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Oregon Case Law Update: Amendments Retroactive if Legislature Indicates Thursday August 24, 2017 By: Ryan McLellan
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: Defendant’s Constructive Knowledge of Abuse Sufficient to Overcome Summary Judgment Thursday January 26, 2017 By: Ryan McLellan
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Premises Liability Oregon Case Update: Premises Liability Does Not Require “Unreasonably Dangerous Condition” Wednesday November 16, 2016 By: Ryan McLellan
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Webinar Commercial Liability Defense General Litigation Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) A History of Multnomah County High-Value Verdicts Tuesday November 1, 2016 By: Ryan McLellan
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