Bill Taaffe

Bill Taaffe



Expertise Overview
Bill specializes in commercial litigation defense – the defense of large loss or catastrophic injury claims that are covered under commercial liability insurance policies. He regularly defends claims based on premises liability, products liability, liquor liability (dram shop), defamation, commercial auto liability and general negligence.

Professional Background
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard in 2008, Bill was the director of a successful international study abroad program at a large educational academy in Osaka, Japan. In addition to learning the Japanese language and culture, the experience provided Bill with extensive international business skills. His international background and teaching experience give him a unique perspective while working with clients.

Significant Representation
Bill has extensive experience defending large loss commercial liability claims ranging from $50,000 to over $10,000,000. He has successfully represented clients from all over the U.S and abroad.

Profesional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC)
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate
  • Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Proficient in the Japanese Language

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D.
  • Temple University, M.A., Education
  • University of Oregon, B.A. Political Science
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