Matthew Ukishima

Matthew Ukishima



Expertise Overview
Matt’s practice focuses on advising and defending commercial motor carriers, which includes semi-tractor/trailers, para-transit vehicles, and taxicabs, against personal injury and property damage claims. Matt has been litigating commercial transportation claims since 2000. He also handles a variety of commercial liability claims involving premises liability, products liability, job site injuries, trademark infringement, recreational liability, and tribal law. Matt also has a background in business litigation and transactions, commercial defect litigation, and asbestos litigation.

Matt conducts training for insurance and commercial transportation professionals on litigation issues and risk management. He is also an active Board Member for the Oregon Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council. Matt has served as the Oregon Association Defense Counsel’s Publications Liaison for the Transportation Group writing case notes and articles for OADC’s Quarterly Periodical “The Verdict.”

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Matt gained significant commercial trucking litigation experience at another law firm. Matt regularly defends commercial entities and individuals against multi-million dollar trucking and other personal injury cases.

Relevant Cases
Matt has extensive experience defending commercial motor carriers and businesses involving multi-million dollar personal injury and wrongful death claims. Matt also practices in Federal Court and Tribal Court.

Insights & Thought Leadership
Matt routinely presents on commercial trucking liability to insurance companies and insurers. He has also written articles for insurance companies on various topics concerning commercial auto liability, products liability, premises liability and construction defect issues including, “Premises Liability: When Life Throws You Lemonade, Who Is Liable?” The Verdict. (Summer 2011), and “Hands Off - New Cell Phone Laws” (2012).

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member, Council on Litigation Management
  • Group, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • CIPP/US Certified
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Admitted, United States District Court of the District of Oregon
  • Admitted, United States District Court of the District of Washington
  • Oregon Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Board member for the Oregon Trucking Association's Safety Management Council
  • Publications Liaison for the Oregon Association Defense Counsel's Transportation Group

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Gonzaga University, B.A. Finance, 1994
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