Jeffrey D. Eberhard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR

Smith Freed Eberhard P.C.
 | 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 4300
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-227-2424
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (70%)
Attorney Profile

Jeff Eberhard serves as the Managing Partner of Smith Freed Eberhard, a firm with 50 attorneys and offices in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. His practice focuses on civil litigation throughout Oregon and Washington, with an emphasis on the defense of commercial liability claims, dram shop/liquor liability and large automobile accidents. 

Jeff has more than 25 years' experience working on civil litigation cases. He has represented a wide range of clients in complex and high-profile matters.

Jeff serves as the editor of the firm’s Claims Executive Reporter - a weekly periodical that provides claims professionals with updates and reviews of new and significant case law that affect claims in Oregon and Washington. Jeff has also prepared and delivered a number of presentations on civil litigation and professional liability defense matters for various insurance companies and trade organizations, including multiple presentations at the national CLM and PLRB Conferences. 

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Litigation (30%)

Personal Injury - General (70%)


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2017

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About Jeffrey Eberhard

Admitted 1987, Oregon

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Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America: 2011-2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • NITA Master Advocate

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Council on Litigation Management
  • Admitted, Washington State Bar (1989)
  • Admitted, Oregon State Bar (1987)
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Western Washington
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Oregon

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • “Claims Management – Same-Sex Marriage, Open Carry and Weed”, Presented at Annual CLM Conference, 2016
  • "The Law and Science of Defending Liquor Liability Claims", Presented at PLRB Annual Claims Conference: , 2014
  • Oregon & Washington Premises Liability Webinar, 2011
  • Jeff Eberhard Featured in the January Edition of Law Practice Magazine, 2011
  • Oregon and Washington Legislative Updates Webinar, 2010
  • Liquor Liability Webinar, "Why Everything Plaintiff's Attorneys Tell You About Liquor Liability Is Wrong", 2010
  • "Vendor or Partner?", Presented at Council on Litigation Management, 2010
  • Litigators Need to Argue a Central Theme at Jury Trials - Portland Business Journal, 2010
  • "Excess Verdicts, What Do We Do Now", Presented at PLRB/LIRB Conference, 2010
  • Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) Webinar, 2009
  • 2010-2016 Oregon and Washington Personal Lines Law Summary
  • 2010-2016 Oregon Commercial Lines Law Summary
  • 2010-2016 Washington Commercial Lines Law Summary

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • In Shields v. Enterprise Leasing Company, Jeff established new law in that a self-insured rental car company does have to provide liability insurance to a renter. In Shields, the renter had rejected all insurance products and was later involved in an accident. The renter subsequently brought claims against Enterprise to determine insurance coverage and also sought Bad Faith and Consumer Protection Act claims. The court ultimately held in Shields that the Financial Responsibility Act did not require a self-insured rental car company to provide minimum third-party liability coverage. Because there was a reasonable basis to deny insurance coverage to the renter, the trial court also properly dismissed the Bad Faith and CPA claims.
  • Represented a tavern in a claim made by the Estate of a patron who was beaten to death in the tavern’s parking lot by another customer. The claimant’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.2 million, alleging failure to provide adequate security and negligence in over-serving the assailant. After a thorough work up by Jeff and his team, the case settled for less than 5% of the initial demand.
  • Successfully defended an undercover security company against a claim for false imprisonment. Although significant damages were sought at trial, the jury returned a 12-0 defense verdict finding no liability.

Educational Background:

  • George Washington University, Master Degree, Law Firm Management, 2010
  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 1987
  • University of Oregon, B.S., Finance and Political Science, 1984
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Office Location for Jeffrey D. Eberhard

111 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 4300
Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-227-2424


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Last Updated: 2/16/2017

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