Biography

Kyle Riley is a Partner at Smith Freed Eberhard who helped launch the opening of the Seattle office.  Prior to moving to Seattle, Kyle spent most of his time defending clients in the Puget Sound area.  He specializes in defending personal injury claims and defending insurers who face bad faith allegations.  Kyle has also defended clients in fire losses, trucking companies, banking institutions, and self-insured rental car companies.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Kyle worked with the Oregon Department of Justice where he gained significant litigation experience specializing in the recovery of self-insured losses. He joined Smith Freed Eberhard in 2003.

Kyle has given several presentations to claims representatives including "Campaign Against Diminished Value Claims," OADC Bulletin, Winter 2008 and "Introduction to Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act," OCAA, Spring 2008 Seminar. Kyle also co-authored a successful briefing on the duties of self-insured rental car companies to provide liability coverage to renters in Washington. Shields v. Enterprise Leasing Company, 160 Wn. App. 664 (2007).

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Member, Toastmasters International
  • Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program
  • Washington Super Lawyers Rising Star

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • Pacific University, B.A., Mathematics & Political Science, 1998
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