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Congratulations to Our New Senior Associates!

Cheers to our new Senior Associates! Smith Freed Eberhard is thrilled to announce that three of our attorneys have earned the designation of Senior Associate at the firm. Please join us in honoring Melanie Rose, Sean Conner, and Brian Schiewe for this impressive achievement as we look forward to more of their outstanding work to come. Want to learn more about our new Senior Associates? Click their name to see their profiles: Melanie Rose Sean Conner Brian Schiewe

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Congratulations to Our Black Belt Graduates!

Congratulations to the Eight Graduates from Smith Freed Eberhard’s Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program! Smith Freed Eberhard is pleased to announce the graduation of the most recent class for the firm’s Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program: Dylan Hallman, Dmitriy Golosinskiy, Rachel Staines, Ian Baldwin, Melanie Gillette, Elizabeth Kuhn, Christina Risberg, and John Stauffer. The Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program was developed by the firm in order to give its attorneys access to trial skills, experiences, and coaching from some of the top trial lawyers in the state. In today’s legal environment, settlement, mediation, and arbitration have become commonplace. Litigators who wish to become battle tested trial lawyers have limited opportunities to develop and test their trial skills. The Black Belt program seeks to fill that gap by equipping attorneys with the tools they need for success. It teaches them how to effectively communicate, hones their presentation techniques, and helps them to develop relatable trial themes. The rigorous training process is more than just filling out an application and sitting through a couple lectures. Training classes commence after the workday ends, and homework is a part of the learning experience. The program is based on Herbert J. Stern’s “Trying Cases to Win Trial Advocacy Series” and incorporates a…

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Smith Freed Eberhard has been ranked in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list

Smith Freed Eberhard has been ranked in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and regionally in 6 practice areas. Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Smith Freed Eberhard received the following rankings in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: METROPOLITAN TIER 1 (Portland, OR) Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Construction Law METROPOLITAN TIER 2 (Portland, OR) Employment Law – Management METROPOLITAN TIER 3 (Portland, OR) Employment Law – Individuals Insurance Law Litigation – Construction To learn more about the Best Law Firms, read the press release. In addition, six of our attorneys were selected to the 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America list. It is quite an honor to have multiple members of our team on this prestigious list. Attorneys selected include: Managing Partner, Jeff Eberhard Partner, Dennis Freed Partner, Katie Buxman Partner, Bruce Gilbert Partner, Paul Sheely Partner, John Kreutzer To learn more about Best Lawyers or view our attorneys’ Best Lawyers profiles, please visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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Best Lawyers in America© 2018 Announced

Smith Freed Eberhard is very excited to have six of our attorneys selected to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America© list. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process. Smith Freed Eberhard would like to congratulate the following attorneys named on the 2018 The Best Lawyers in America© list: Managing Partner, Jeff Eberhard Partner, Dennis Freed Partner, Katie Buxman Partner, Bruce Gilbert Partner, Paul Sheely Partner, John Kreutzer To learn more about Best Lawyers or to view our attorneys’ Best Lawyers profiles, please visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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2017 Oregon and Washington Super Lawyers© and Rising Stars

Smith Freed Eberhard is very excited to have ten of our attorneys selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers list. It is quite an honor to have multiple members of our team on this prestigious list.  To be included on this reputable list attorneys are selected through a multi-phase process; including, peer nominations and evaluations. Candidates are evaluated on peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers  include: Managing Partner, Jeff Eberhard Partner, Dennis Freed Partner, Katie Buxman Partner, Bruce Gilbert Partner, Robert Smith Partner, Matthew Ukishima Partner, John Kreutzer Attorneys selected as rising stars include: Partner, Bill Taaffe Partner, Thomas McCurdy Congratulations to our partners who have been selected!  To learn more about Super Lawyers or view our attorneys’ Super Lawyers profiles, please visit www.SuperLawyers.com.

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Associates Chelsea Glynn and Heather Lee published in The Women Advocate Newsletter

Smith Freed Eberhard Associates Chelsea Glynn and Heather Lee recent article, “Responding to a Federal Complaint: Answer or Motion” was published in The Women Advocate. Read the full article included below: Your client has been sued in federal court. When you receive the complaint, your initial thought may be to prepare an answer, admitting or denying the allegations, automatically assuming you will subsequently conduct discovery and then look to settle the case. However, there are a number of important things to consider before responding, because the way you respond could change the entire course and outcome of the case. For instance, imagine that instead of filing an answer, you successfully moved to dismiss part of the plaintiff’s claim. This, in turn, significantly reduced the amount of discovery needed and therefore reduced not only your client’s, but the opposing plaintiff’s, attorney fees and costs. As a result, the plaintiff was willing to settle for a lower amount, and the case was resolved early on. Significant time and costs were saved for everyone. You can imagine how the case could have taken a much different course had you filed an answer instead. Therefore, before you respond to a complaint, keep in mind how you…

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Partner Katie Buxman and Associate CJ Martin Speaking at 2016 Oregon IASIU Fraud Conference

On October 5, 2016 at the McMenamins Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units will host its annual fraud conference. Partner Katie Buxman and Associate CJ Martin will be presenting a break-out session “This Call May Be Recorded: Using EUOs and Recorded Statements in Suspicious First and Third Party Claims,” which will cover: How to get good answers in EUOs and recorded statements – asking the right questions and other best practices An overview of Oregon law around EUOs and recorded statements and the specific nuances of Oregon law to watch out for (especially when the EUO is conducted by video) How to determine whether or not an EUO should be requested Examples of EUOs gone wrong and what we can learn from them To learn more about the conference, please click here.

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Best Lawyers© in America 2017 Announced

Smith Freed Eberhard is very excited to have six of our attorneys selected to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list. It is quite an honor to have multiple members of our team on this prestigious list.  Attorneys that make the final cut have been nominated by their peers and then put through a screening process focused on ensuring that only the cream of the crop make it to the list. Attorneys selected include: Managing Partner, Jeff Eberhard Partner, Dennis Freed Partner, Katie Buxman Partner, Bruce Gilbert Partner, Paul Sheely Partner, John Kreutzer Congratulations to our partners who have been selected!  To learn more about Best Lawyers or view our attorneys’ Best Lawyers profiles, please visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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2016 Oregon and Washington Super Lawyers© and Rising Stars

2016 Oregon and Washington Super Lawyers© and Rising Stars Smith Freed Eberhard is proud to announce that 12 of our attorneys were selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys through a multi-phase selection process based on peer nominations, evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of the total lawyers in each state are selected to this list. Founding partner, Dennis Freed was honored (for the fourth year in a row) in the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Oregon. Managing Partner, Jeffrey Eberhard was recognized for 10 years on the Oregon Super Lawyers list. The Rising Stars designation is for the top 2.5% of attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Attorneys selected to the 2016 Oregon Super Lawyers list are: Partner, Dennis Freed (Personal Injury General: Defense) – Top 50 & 10+ Years Partner, Robert Smith – Insurance Coverage – 10+ Years Managing Partner, Jeffrey Eberhard – Civil Litigation: Defense – 10 Year Partner Bruce Gilbert – Construction Litigation Partner John Kreutzer – Employment Litigation: Defense Partner Katie Buxman – Personal Injury General: Defense Attorneys selected to the 2016 Oregon Rising Stars list are: Partner Ryan McLellan – Personal Injury General: Defense Partner Joseph…

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