Paul Sheely

Paul Sheely



Expertise Overview
Paul’s practice is focused on defending general contractors, real estate developers, and specialty subcontractors in construction defect related litigation in both Oregon and Washington.
His litigation experience spans 25 years in the areas of construction defect litigation and appellate work in both state and federal court. Paul is known for his expertise in defending design professionals in malpractice claims as well as defending builders against property owners in construction-related claims.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Paul worked for several years as a general litigator focusing on criminal defense as well as a wide range of civil litigation both at the trial and appellate level. Paul has extensive experience in all phases of litigation including pre-trial practice, trial practice, and appellate work.

Paul’s background provides him with valuable insight into all phases of the construction process. Before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management from Central Washington State University, Paul worked in the industry as a construction engineer and project manager on large scale industrial and commercial construction projects. He now utilizes this experience in his practice to better understand the facts surrounding each case that he defends.

Relevant Cases
Paul successfully appealed a fire loss case based on an improper jury instruction, which resulted in the reversal of a large award. He has also successfully appealed litigation surrounding interpretation and application of Washington’s Notice of Construction Defect Statute. Paul has defended numerous dispositive motions in relation to the interpretation of the “Economic Loss Rule” in Oregon.

Insights & Thought Leadership
With a passion for all things construction, Paul enjoys regularly giving presentations to construction professionals on legislative updates and case law affecting the Oregon and Washington construction industry.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • California and Illinois State Bar Associations (Inactive)
  • Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program
  • Best Lawyers in America - Oregon

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • California (Inactive)
  • Illinois (Inactive)


  • Northern Illinois University, College of Law, J.D., DeKalb Il., 1991
  • Central Washington University Ellensburg Wa., Bachelor's degree in Construction Management Technology, 1987
  • Columbia Basin College, Pasco WA., Associate Degree in Engineering Technology, 1979
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