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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 professional liability defense team is highly skilled in defending all types of professional liability claims. This includes: Business Liability: Errors & Omissions / Directors & Officers / Liquor Liability / Defamation / Libel and Slander / Breach of Contract / Breach of Warranty / Intellectual Property / Sexual Abuse & Misconduct / Employment Practices Liability / Fiduciary Liability. Cyber: Data Breach / Cyber Liability.

Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Law Update: ARNP Can Opine on Proximate Cause in Medical Malpractice Case Thursday May 4, 2017 By: Thomas McCurdy
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Law Update: After Student Boarded District Bus, School Did Not Have Custody, Did Not Owe Duty Thursday March 16, 2017 By: Thomas McCurdy
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Law Update: School District Owes Duty to Student Not in School’s Custody Thursday September 22, 2016 By: Thomas McCurdy
Legal Alert Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Oregon Case Update: The Return of the Tort Cap! Oregon’s Supreme Court Reverses Two Prior Decisions in New Landmark Case Thursday June 9, 2016 By: Jeff Eberhard
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Update: Corporate Confusion: Amending the Complaint after the Statute of Limitations Period Wednesday February 25, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Update: Not So Personal Service: Secondhand Service Sufficient Thursday February 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Arson Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Update: Allegations of Intentional Assault? The Duty to Defend is Unlikely Wednesday February 4, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
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Bill Taaffe
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU General Litigation Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Recent Landmark Decisions on the Noneconomic Damages Cap in Oregon Thursday January 11, 2018 By: Jeff Eberhard
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Webinar Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU General Litigation Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Utilizing Probability Analysis in Claims Evaluation: A Systematic Approach Thursday May 4, 2017 By: Josh Hayward
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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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Kyle Riley
Webinar Bad Faith Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development Cyber Liability First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) The Art of Arbitration: Strategically Structuring Your Case in Washington Wednesday August 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
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Cliff Wilson
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU General Litigation Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Settlement Navigation Wednesday August 27, 2014 By: Ryan McLellan
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Kyle Riley
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) 2013 – Washington Cases Law Update Wednesday February 19, 2014 By: Josh Hayward
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Early & Accurate
Evaluation


2.
On-Time Reporting
Throughout the Life of the Case

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Legal Analytics
Proven Results
We Play
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SFE has represented clients in numerous industries for decades. Our experience in representing a variety of businesses within various markets — including bars, restaurants, QSR, grocery, big box retail, manufacturers, distributors, sporting venues and more — helps us to understand each industry and its unique challenges.

Often the desired course of action to resolve conflict, particularly in complex, time sensitive, expensive catastrophic injury cases, is the best course of action. With that in mind, our professional liability defense team is committed to resolving even the most hotly contested disputes outside of court and with less delay and expense than in the traditional litigation process. The firm’s lawyers are involved in the arbitration and mediation of injury disputes of all kinds, which can result in significant cost and time savings for our clients.

Professional liability defense matters cannot be solved with a one size fits all approach. Our goal is to analyze and mitigate risk, whether our attorneys are negotiating a deal or helping to resolve a dispute. Early evaluation and discovery is critical. Our team seeks to identify legal defenses theories at the earliest point possible.

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