Biography

Josh’s practice focuses on the defense of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. He represents companies and the insureds of several large insurance carriers against claims arising from the alleged negligent use of motor vehicles, products liability and premises liability.

Josh started as an associate at Smith Freed Eberhard in 2001.  He has been a partner since 2008.  Josh leads a group of attorneys that specialize in trying cases and effective pre-trial litigation. Josh typically tries several cases a year to jury verdict.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Josh gained experience in civil litigation, criminal defense, and family law clerking at a firm in Salem, Oregon. While attending law school, he spent time in London, UK, where he served as a Solicitor’s clerk for a high profile firm advocating on behalf of individuals alleging human rights violations.

Josh regularly gives presentations to claims professionals on legislative updates regarding Oregon and Washington insurance law. Below is a list of Publications and Presentations that Josh has authored or presented:

  • Oregon Wrongful Death
  • Washington Wrongful Death
  • Oregon PIP - Tips for Adjusting Claims
  • Oregon PIP - Strategy for Litigating Claims
  • Washington PIP - Tips for Adjuster’s Claims
  • Oregon Tricks and Traps for Out-of-State Adjusters
  • Attorney Fees in Oregon:  How ORS 20.080 742.061 Can Turn a Small Case Into an Attorney Fees Case
  • Washington Bad Faith Traps
  • Oregon Rules of Evidence Every Adjuster Should Know
  • Washington Rules of Evidence Every Adjuster Should Know
  • Oregon PIP & UIM
  • Washington PIP & UIM
  • Oregon Insurance Law Basics
  • Washington Insurance Law Basics
  • Oregon Hot Topics (Big Changes in the Last 2 Years)
  • Washington Hot Topics (Big Changes in the Last 2 Years)

Representative Cases

  • Significant practice defending premises liability claims against property owners including churches, restaurants, stores, hotels, and bars.
  • Has successfully litigated product liability claims involving national tire manufacturers, do it yourself home supply chains, equipment rental companies and engineering companies.
  • Represents several local and regional commercial and personal lines insurers and their insureds in Oregon and Washington.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • California

Education

  • Pepperdine University, J.D., cum laude, 2001
  • Oregon State University, B.A., History, Spanish minor, cum laude, 1997
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