Katie Buxman

Katie Buxman



Katie’s practice specializes in representing insurance carriers and their insureds in personal injury, insurance coverage, special investigation unit claims (SIU) and first party property claims in both Oregon and Washington.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Katie was a partner at an insurance defense firm in Vancouver, Washington where she gained significant experience defending casualty, construction defect, insurance coverage, bad faith and appellate cases for multiple insurance carriers. She evaluated all aspects of first and third party insurance cases, represented several cases at trial and successfully argued Motions before both Oregon and Washington courts.

Katie enjoys speaking to trade organizations and insurance companies regarding Oregon and Washington law. She has presented to the Clark County Bar Association regarding the admissibility of expert testimony under Washington law.

Representative Cases

  • Represented an operator of a boat whereby the passenger suffered a traumatic leg amputation. The case settled successfully out of court.
  • Represented an operator of a boat whereby the individual being towed behind the boat suffered a brain injury. The case settled below policy limits.
  • Received a defense verdict on an auto liability case in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
  • Received a favorable verdict at trial in Klamath Falls Circuit Court on an auto liability case whereby the plaintiff was seeking several thousand dollars but the jury only awarded a nominal amount.


Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Admitted, United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted, United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • Admitted, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America - Oregon

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Gonzaga University, B.A. Psychology & Political Science, 1999
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