Kyle Riley

Kyle Riley

Partner

Biography

Expertise Overview
Kyle Riley manages the firm’s Seattle, Washington, office. He has profound expertise in Washington bad faith law, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury claims. Kyle also has significant experience defending 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.

Relevant Cases
In Bauducco-Heiss v. Jim Fruitt Trucking, Kyle was the lead attorney defending a truck driver and trucking company in a lawsuit related to a serious motor vehicle accident involving the death of two adults and a serious brain injury of a young girl. Kyle was able to locate a favorable witness and retain an expert to defeat the codefendant’s attempts to be dismissed from the underlying case. The case ended in a global settlement.

In Naylor v. Gwin & Sons Logging, Kyle was the trial attorney for a third-party defendant alleged to have caused damage to a pipeline through their logging activities. Defense retained joint experts able to plot the pipeline and identify the source of the failures as being caused by freezing damage unrelated to logging activity. Kyle’s cross-examination resulted in the plaintiff’s expert admitting that he had not measured the length of the line. The jury returned a defense verdict after an hour of deliberation entitling the lead defendant to recover their attorney fees from the plaintiff.

Publications & Thought Leadership
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 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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