Jeremy’s practice focuses on the defense of personal injury and commercial liquor liability claims. Jeremy earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2005, where he finished in the top 5% of his class. That same year he joined Smith Freed Eberhard, working with managing partner Jeff Eberhard to defend insurance carriers and their clients as a member of Jeff’s litigation team. In the decade since joining the firm, Jeremy has defended hundreds of individuals and businesses in a wide variety of personal injury cases with an emphasis on defending liquor liability claims for bars and taverns.
Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Jeremy was a law clerk in the Trial Division, Torts and Employment Section of the Oregon Department of Justice, participated in the prosecution clinic at the Douglas County District Attorney’s office, and is an proud Air Force veteran.
Jeremy successfully settled a wrongful death case against a tavern that had allegedly overserved a patron who was involved in a hit and run automobile collision with a pedestrian minutes after leaving the tavern. The case settled pre-suit for less than 5% of the demand.
In Thompson v. Wichita’s Puff’s Pub, LLC, the plaintiff brought claims against Puff’s Pub for over-service and negligent security after he was shot in the neck by an intoxicated patron. Jeremy engaged in extensive motion practice that resulted in the court dismissing all claims against the defendant tavern. The parties ultimately settled the case on favorable terms for a confidential amount.
In Mason v. BCK Corporation and Balzer v. Moore, Jeremy was instrumental in preparing summary judgment motions that resulted in the court dismissing all claims against the defendant. In each case, the plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries after leaving a tavern as a passenger in another patron’s vehicle. As a result of that legal briefing, the court found, as a matter of law, that the plaintiff could not recover when he had substantially contributed to that driver’s intoxication – not by buying alcohol, but instead by drinking with the driver at the tavern. Both cases have been appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals, where Jeremy continues to assist in their defense.