Sam Smith is a member of Dunn Carney’s litigation team. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters, including: employment, housing and civil rights cases; products liability and premises liability cases; and personal injury defense matters. He also works on a wide variety of commercial litigation issues, such as real property disputes, auto dealer bond matters, contract disputes, debt collection, landlord-tenant (both landlord and tenant), and post-foreclosure evictions. In all areas of practice, Sam advises clients on a wide range of legal issues – before and during litigation – and always strives to take care of his clients as best he can.
In 2015 and 2016, Sam was named a Rising Star in Labor and Employment by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers in the United States.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sam spent two years as a public school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. (Go Langston Middle School Nighthawks!) He taught Language Arts during the day and ran after-school programs in Algebra and Science. After teaching, Sam moved back to his hometown in Oregon where he spent a year working in a local lumber mill before attending law school.
In his free time, Sam enjoys playing sports, reading books, and spending time with friends and family. He also runs the firm’s softball team.
2016 – $1.2 million jury verdict for age discrimination claim against Daimler Trucks North America
following three-week jury trial. Former level 4 Engineering Department manager Dr. Josef Loczi was the plaintiff. Read more in The Oregonian and Portland Business Journal.
2016 – $455,000 judgment against the Port of Astoria for firing an employee in retaliation for reporting mismanagement, gross waste of public funds and abuse of authority. In a related case, the Port of Astoria paid a settlement of $478,900 to another employee to settle similar claims of retaliation. Read more about these cases in The Daily Astorian here and here.
2015 – $527,000 judgment for wrongful lien following jury trial where two New Jersey transportation companies refused to release an invalid lien they filed against our clients’ cranberry farm in Gearhart, Oregon.
2014 – $620,000 judgment for Sarbanes Oxley whistle blower claim against Riverview Community Bank. Client was an auditor for the bank who was fired for reporting alleged fraud at the bank. Read more in The Columbian here and here.
2013 – $1.25 million verdict in favor of plaintiff following three-week trial. 12 person jury found athletic shoe company liable for retaliating against director level employee who complained that he was demoted because of his race and/or national origin. Link to story in Oregonian.
2012 – Defense verdict in housing discrimination and disability discrimination case following one-week trial.
- Oregon, 2008
- United States District Court, 2008
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
- University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 2008
- Willamette University, B.A., English Literature, Minor in Ecological Biology, magna cum laude, 2002
- The Verdict, Summer 2016 – Protected Sick Leave Comes to Oregon
- Dunn Carney Insurance Enews- A Blue Pencil Approach to Indemnity Provisions in Construction Contracts
- Dunn Carney Insurance Enews-2012 Jury Verdicts in Review: Ratio Between Noneconomic and Economic Damages
- Dunn Carney Insurance Enews- Sandusky Scandal Raises Issue of Potential Premises Liability in Oregon
- Dunn Carney Insurance Enews- Attorney Fees Under ORS 742.061 Applicable only Where Policy is Delivered or Issued for Delivery in Oregon
- Dunn Carney Enews- ORCP 54 E Unavailable to Limit Attorney Fees Triggered by ORS 742.061
- Senate Bill 519-Oregon Restricts Employer Speech about Religion, Politics and Labor Unions
Professional and Community Associations
- Oregon State Bar
- Multnomah Bar Association
- Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
- American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Beaverton Education Foundation, Board Member, 2017-present