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From the moment we opened our doors, Smith Freed Eberhard has been fearlessly pushing the edge of what’s possible for our clients. We’ve carefully cultivated and developed specialties in our practices and our people to give you the very best: formidable expertise, strategically creative thinking, and litigation guideline adherence. We are your champion, keenly focused on understanding your situation, solving your challenges, and achieving your goals.

Our construction defect team is highly skilled in defending all types of defect claims. This includes: Construction Company Owners / General Contractors / Subcontractors / Developers / Product Liability. We have the specialized knowledge to defend all of the following trades: Carpenter & Framer / Cement & Concrete Finisher / Construction Laborer / Construction Foreman / Electrician / Estimator / Flooring Installer / General Contractor / HVAC Tech / Kitchen Designer / Landscaper / Mason / Painter / Pipelayer / Plumber / Roofing Foreman / Roofing Laborer / Roofing Mechanic / Safety Manager / Sheet Metal Worker / Welders.

Our Process

1.
Early & Accurate
Evaluation


2.
On-Time Reporting
throughout the life of the case

3.
Legal Analytics
Proven Results
Gordon Klug
Partner
  • Washington

With a strong business and litigation background, and over 20 years of first-chair trial experience, Gordon knows exactly which strategies will make a weak case stronger as well as what makes practical and financial sense. Gordon’s practice focuses on construction defect litigation defending developers, general contractors, and subcontractors throughout Washington state and works closely with Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Gordon worked in-house for Travelers Insurance Company where he led the opening of the construction defect unit for their Seattle Staff Counsel office. He also focused on slip-and-falls, auto liability, construction liability, and commercial claims. Before joining Travelers, he worked for four years with the Hartford Insurance Company where he specialized in construction defect and complex commercial liability cases.

Gordon has successfully first-chaired over 50 jury trials to verdict. He is a licensed attorney before the Washington State and Appellate Courts, the United States District Court, as well as with the Puyallup Tribal Court. A notable trial victory for Gordon involved a slip-and-fall case in Snohomish County Superior Court where the jury found the plaintiff 57% at fault for her own injuries and awarded her only $10,000 for “pain and suffering”. In this case, the attorneys stipulated that the plaintiff’s medical bills “proximately caused” by the fall were $38,000 and, in the end, the plaintiff received approximately $26,000 which was not enough to satisfy her medical lien.

Gordon has also successfully handled a mandatory arbitration case where he obtained a defense verdict for his client. He also received a favorable verdict in King County District Court where the jury awarded only $1 in pain and suffering to the plaintiff.

Success Story An $18,000,000 Dismissal Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
public domain condemnation Success Story Cracked Concrete and Damaged Sheetrock Friday December 20, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
avoiding the septic storm Success Story Avoiding the Septic Storm Friday February 8, 2019 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Jobsite Injury Claims Dismissed Friday June 26, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story A Successful Appeal of OSHA Jobsite Violations Friday June 26, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Running Out The Clock Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Window Installation Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Design Defects Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Breaking Bad Advice Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
We Play
to Win

The cornerstone of our practice is the representation of developers, general contractors, and select specialty subcontractors in construction defect litigation. We represent developers and contractors throughout Oregon and Washington. The types of clients we represent are involved in developing and building residential communities as well as commercial developments. Their projects include high end custom homes, high density apartments and condominiums, commercial malls, large scale retail outlets, schools, stadiums, and athletic arenas.

Over the years, we have developed a “personal counsel” approach which has allowed us to establish and maintain longstanding relationships with our contractor clients. Using this personal counsel approach, we help develop risk management policies and procedures for our clients. We routinely provide advice and counsel regarding the numerous and often complicated legal problems that arise in the day-to-day operations of our clients’ construction businesses. Our personal approach and willingness to get to know each specific business is valued by our clients because we get to know them and their operation. Ultimately, we can anticipate day-to-day issues that are unique to each client.

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