Samuel T. Smith


Sam Smith is a member of Dunn Carney’s Litigation Team. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters, including employment, housing and civil rights, products liability and premises liability, healthcare litigation, elder abuse cases, and personal injury matters. He also litigates commercial disputes and is a founding member of the firm’s Team People, a plaintiff’s litigation group.

In all areas of practice, Sam advises clients on a wide range of legal issues – before, during and after litigation.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sam spent two years as a public school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. (Go Langston Middle School Nighthawks!) 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 manages the firm’s softball team.


Oregon, 2008

U.S. 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


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.


“Making Sense of the ESI Madness” A publication of the American Bar Association, Summer 2018.

The Verdict, Summer 2016 – Protected Sick Leave Comes to Oregon

Dunn Carney Insurance Enews- A Blue Pencil Approach to Indemnity Provisions in Construction Contracts


Professional Organizations

Multnomah Bar Association

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Community Organizations

Beaverton Education Foundation, Board Member, 2017-present

Honors & Recognition

Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-present

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