Bruce Gilbert

Bruce Gilbert



Expertise Overview
Bruce’s practice focuses on construction defect litigation. He is a lead member of Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group. His legal experience includes defending general contractors, subcontractors, and construction professionals with respect to landslide claims, EIFS claims, multi-family homeowner association litigation, general building envelope claims, Employer Liability Law (ELA), and mold claims.

Bruce’s pre-law background includes graduating with honors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. This technical expertise proves beneficial when representing contractors and construction professionals.

Relevant Cases
Bruce has won several summary judgment motions dismissing six-figure claims against general contractors. He has represented contractors before the Court of Appeals and established important legal precedents for construction defect issues. See Quail Hollow West Owners Assoc. v. Brownstone Quail Hollow, LLC, 343 Or. 115 (2007); Harris v. Suniga, 209 Or. App. 410 (2006). He has also defended multiple personal injury and construction defect arbitrations such as brain injury claims and representing general contractors in construction defect cases.

Insights & Thought Leadership
Bruce regularly presents to Oregon and Washington construction professionals on legal issues affecting engineering and the construction industry.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted, Oregon State Court
  • Admitted, Washington State Court
  • Admitted, Federal Court of the District of Oregon
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America - Oregon

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • Seattle University Law School, magna cum laude, J.D., 1995
  • University of Washington, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, 1992
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