Specializing in the defense of large loss and catastrophic injury claims, Managing Partner Bill Taaffe regularly defends claims based on premises liability, products liability, liquor liability (Dram Shop), defamation, commercial auto liability, and general negligence. If it is a large, complex case, it often ends up on Bill’s desk.
In addition to his expertise in the Commercial Lines realm, Bill has considerable international business experience–having worked in several different countries over a period of many years. His international background has provided him with the ability to masterfully view case handling situations through multiple perspectives and continues to help him find creative solutions to complex legal matters.
Bill has extensive experience defending large, complex GL claims ranging up to 28 million dollars. He has successfully represented clients from all over the US and abroad and, in the last 5 years, Bill has successfully defended many complicated matters involving products liability, fire loss, premises liability, and Dram Shop. He regularly obtains excellent results for his clients–often far beyond expectations.
In sports parlance—Bill has a “strong motor”—always ready to jump on a plane to meet with out-of-state clients, work long hours, and do whatever is necessary to fully defend a claim and take care of his clients.
Brenda is the Director of HR and Operations at Smith Freed Eberhard. Her expertise is in accounting, administration, credit management, event planning, fundraising, HR, management and operations. Before joining SFE, Brenda began her career in the lumber industry, expanded to transportation, then to a public accounting firm. Brenda says that her mentors were leaders who believed in her abilities and provided opportunities for her to learn, make mistakes and unapologetically succeed.
She says, “There were times in my career that it took nothing but sheer will-power to succeed, mainly due to my lack of a college degree. But I was raised by parents who instilled in me a solid work ethic and stubborn persistence to not settle for anything less than excellence and to believe that I could succeed. My path led me to SFE when I was searching for a place that would fully utilize my skills and allow me to give back.”
Originally from California, Brenda and her husband have lived in the Portland area for over 30 years, so she considers herself an Oregonian. In downtime, she enjoys social time with family and friends, hosting parties, and also meeting new friends. Brenda has three grandchildren whom she adores and three cats who run her household.
Jon has over 10 years of experience in legal accounting, working at a wide variety of firms ranging from mega firms to independent practices. Over the course of his career, he has built and improved the accounting and billing practices to meet the individual needs of firms of all sizes. Jon now serves in his current role as the accounting manager at Smith Freed Eberhard, where he enjoys providing value to clients and firms alike.
Jon began his carrier in San Diego, California at the litigation law firm of Solomon, Grindle, Lidstad & Wintringer as a billing clerk, where he first grained experience with legal e-billing. Within a few years, he became the assistant manager of the firm, managing the day to day accounting and billing processes. In 2016, Jon moved to Vancouver, Washington and found a job as a manager of a family law firm in downtown Portland, Oregon, where he revitalized the firm’s file management and billing procedures. In 2017, Jon became a National Billing Specialist for one of the top insurance defense firms in the nation and an AM Law Top 100 National Firm, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith. During his time there he managed high value, institutional insurance providers, while helping build and train teams of e-billers on a multitude of e-billing platforms.
In his free time Jon enjoys attending concerts and collecting silkscreen posters, art toys, and vinyl records and CDs.