Learn More About Attorney David Smith

David Smith strives to personify the intent of his firm, to care for businesses as people. His experience advising businesses, contractors and property owners on transactional matters, as well as handling a wide array of litigation cases, creates a solid foundation for his law firm.

David has gained his experience in solving complex commercial disputes while representing a wide range of clients, including financial institutions, contractors, developers, property owners, securities brokers, product manufacturers, insurance companies and business professionals. Combined with his diverse litigation background, David's in-depth knowledge of the legal process enables him to assist his clients in solving disputes that otherwise get in the way of what they know best — business.

David Smith is an experienced Portland attorney, and can effectively handle complex cases involving multiple parties, questions of liability and other complex business issues. For a consultation with an experienced lawyer in our West Linn or Portland, contact us at 503-342-2623.

David focuses his practice on resolving business and construction disputes. David also advises businesses, contractors and property owners on transactional matters involving corporate formation and governance, real estate, contract negotiation and employment matters.

David has successfully resolved product liability cases, construction litigation, UCC debtor-creditor disputes, employment issues, lien and bond claims, and intellectual property matters. David's experience in trial, arbitration, mediation and settlement negotiations enables him to advise businesses on the many issues that arise under federal and state statutes, or under contract, both to avoid litigation and to ensure a strong defense in the event of a lawsuit.

Knowing that the best results depend on the expectations of the client and that each matter may have a different objective, he ensures that each client is provided the level of service required. David has:

  • Represented owners, contractors, developers, engineers and design professionals in all facets of construction-related litigation, including trial, arbitration and mediation
  • Represented a variety of manufacturers and high-tech companies in intellectual property disputes over trademarks, trade dress and copyrights
  • Represented numerous lenders (both public and private) in collection of secured and unsecured loans
  • Successfully represented through trial a general contractor in a Federal Court Miller Act lawsuit
  • Represented a consulting firm in a $100 million complex professional malpractice lawsuit that was ultimately mediated with a favorable result for the client
  • Co-arbitrated a National Association of Securities Dealers securities arbitration that resulted in a dismissal of all claims against the client
  • Prosecuted 10 jury trials as an acting assistant district attorney
  • Successfully represented insurance companies and their insureds in all facets of disputes, including liability, coverage, subrogation and intercompany claims
  • Successfully arbitrated numerous subrogation claims on behalf of insurance companies

Education And Professional Qualifications

  • B.A., Economics, University of Washington, 1992
  • J.D., Cum Laude, Temple University School of Law, 1996

Memberships And Honors

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Central Oregon Builders Association
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Central Oregon Association of REALTORS


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