Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Of Counsel


Bob is a founding member of Smith Freed Eberhard.  In the course of his 40 year career Bob has conducted over 500 Examinations Under Oath, has defended over 300 arbitrations, and has tried approximately 150 cases to a jury verdict.  He also defended the first methamphetamine clean up case in the county, for which he was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

Eleven years after graduating from law school, Bob decided that he wanted to take a chance and start his own law firm. Determined to create a firm where clients would be valued, attorneys could grow professionally, and everyone would still have fun, Bob set up shop as "M. Robert F. Smith, P.C." Soon after, a close friend and colleague named Dennis Freed partnered with him. When Jeff Eberhard joined the firm a year later Smith Freed & Eberhard was born.

Since that time, Bob has continually worked to grow and develop the firm into what it is today. In order to help get Smith Freed & Eberhard's Seattle office off the ground, Bob lived up there for a year. In addition to working his own cases, Bob also thoroughly enjoys mentoring young associate attorneys on commercial liability claims. Passing on the wisdom and experience that he has gained over the years is just one of the many ways that Bob continues to improve the firm that he founded.

Representative Cases

  • Conducted over 500 Examinations Under Oath.
  • Tried approximately 150 cases to a jury verdict.
  • Conducted approximately 300 arbitration cases.
  • Defended the first methamphetamine clean up case in the county and was interviewed in an article in the Wall Street Journal about the case.
  • Handled numerous first party lawsuits at the appellate level, many of which established new laws in those areas.
  • Assisted several national insurance carriers in rewriting portions of their insurance policies to better protect themselves and their insureds.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Member, Litigation Counsel of America (a trial lawyer honorary)
  • Member, Council on Litigation Management
  • Member, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Admitted, United States Supreme Court
  • Best Lawyers in America - Oregon
  • Oregon Super Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • University of Oregon, B.S., Finance, 1971
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