Katie Buxman

Katie Buxman



Expertise Overview
Katie Buxman, a partner in Smith Freed Eberhard’s Personal Injury practice group since 2009, has been representing insurance carriers and their insureds in all aspects of personal injury litigation in Oregon and Washington throughout the course of her 15-year career. With a practice focusing on automobile defense, commercial liability defense, coverage matters, and special investigation unit claims (SIU), Katie continues to negotiate impressive settlements and obtain noteworthy verdicts over a broad spectrum of cases from minor soft tissue injuries to complex wrongful death cases.

Relevant Cases
2017 – $1.2 million admitted liability automobile accident-complete defense verdict in Plaintiff friendly Multnomah County.

2017 – Successfully negotiated a settlement well below policy limits in a trampoline quadriplegic case.

2013 – Handled a complex race discrimination and false arrest case in Multnomah County- the jury found no discrimination and awarded less than one-third of the requested amount.

2011 – $500,000 admitted liability automobile accident with four Plaintiffs- complete defense verdict in Plaintiff friendly Multnomah County.

Insights & Thought Leadership
With a keen and constant eye on the latest industry machinations, Katie has established herself as a leading voice among Personal Injury practitioners in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Katie is a sought-after speaker, regularly addressing trade organizations and insurance companies regarding Oregon and Washington law. In addition to hosting innumerable webinars via Smith Freed Eberhard’s online knowledge center, Katie is honored to have presented directly to the Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, the International Association of SIU Investigators and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, among many others.

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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