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  • Vicki Smith
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Introduction

Vicki M. Smith loves the Pacific Northwest. She grew up in a small town in eastern Washington and spent a summer during college working in Montana at her favorite place, Glacier National Park. She enjoys training for and running marathons, rock climbing, and paddling hidden lakes and water trails. Her dog does not enjoy their kayak adventures as much as Vicki and her husband, but the entire family loves to explore national parks with their 17’ Casita travel trailer. The family spent their three-month sabbatical in 2014 driving the Alcan Highway and exploring Alaska.

Vicki became an attorney because she enjoys the challenges and strategies in problem-solving and is a trial lawyer to her bones. An introduction to trial practice class in her undergraduate school was the lynch pin to sending her to law school. Her love of trial strategy carried through law school mock trial competitions, the mock trial student board, and through her clerkship at the Oregon Department of Justice’s Trial Division for two years. The natural progression after law school was to clerk for a trial judge, which she did for the Honorable Lyle C. Velure in state court.

Practice &  Experience
  • Vicki joined Bodyfelt Mount LLP in 2002, and became a partner in 2009. Her practice includes general civil litigation and insurance coverage. She is currently working on cases involving insurance and surety bond coverage, professional liability claims, warranty claims, construction defect, and asbestos-related injuries. She practices in all courts in both Oregon and Washington. She has tried many cases across the state of Oregon, in both state and federal courts. One of Vicki’s most recent trials was a construction defect case in which she obtained a defense verdict for her general contractor client. She has also tried cases involving claims of contractual indemnity, product liability, commercial breach of contract, and many personal injury actions. Vicki arbitrated numerous cases in both binding and non-binding arbitrations, including co-chairing a five-week construction defect arbitration.
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Introduction

Vicki M. Smith loves the Pacific Northwest. She grew up in a small town in eastern Washington and spent a summer during college working in Montana at her favorite place, Glacier National Park. She enjoys training for and running marathons, rock climbing, and paddling hidden lakes and water trails. Her dog does not enjoy their kayak adventures as much as Vicki and her husband, but the entire family loves to explore national parks with their 17’ Casita travel trailer. The family spent their three-month sabbatical in 2014 driving the Alcan Highway and exploring Alaska.

Vicki became an attorney because she enjoys the challenges and strategies in problem-solving and is a trial lawyer to her bones. An introduction to trial practice class in her undergraduate school was the lynch pin to sending her to law school. Her love of trial strategy carried through law school mock trial competitions, the mock trial student board, and through her clerkship at the Oregon Department of Justice’s Trial Division for two years. The natural progression after law school was to clerk for a trial judge, which she did for the Honorable Lyle C. Velure in state court.

Practice &  Experience
  • Vicki joined Bodyfelt Mount LLP in 2002, and became a partner in 2009. Her practice includes general civil litigation and insurance coverage. She is currently working on cases involving insurance and surety bond coverage, professional liability claims, warranty claims, construction defect, and asbestos-related injuries. She practices in all courts in both Oregon and Washington. She has tried many cases across the state of Oregon, in both state and federal courts. One of Vicki’s most recent trials was a construction defect case in which she obtained a defense verdict for her general contractor client. She has also tried cases involving claims of contractual indemnity, product liability, commercial breach of contract, and many personal injury actions. Vicki arbitrated numerous cases in both binding and non-binding arbitrations, including co-chairing a five-week construction defect arbitration.
Admitted to Practice
  • Oregon
    Washington
    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Education
  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 2001
    B.A. (international affairs and government), Eastern Washington University, 1998
Professional & Community Activities
  • Defense Research Institute
    Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
    Oregon Women Lawyers
    Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

  • Vicki is an officer of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and will be its President in 2018. She has long been active in OADC, having served as a board member since 2013, and for two years each as Chair of the New Lawyers Practice Group (2010-2011), Vice Chair (2008-2009), and Publications Liaison (2006-2007). Vicki also served as the Defense Research Institute’s Annual Meeting Liaison for Oregon in 2015.

    Vicki has presented at continuing education seminars on a number of topics. As a faculty member for the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s 2017 Litigation Management College, Vicki trained claims professionals, third-party administrators, and self-insured corporate litigation managers on the critical skills that lead to improved claim handling performance. At the Defense Research Institute 2016 Annual Meeting, she addressed challenges and strategies specific to sureties that issue motor vehicle dealer bonds around the country. Vicki was part of a panel discussing motions against pleadings at a CLE seminar co-sponsored by the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and the Jackson County Bar Association (2013). She spoke about how to be a successful second-chair trial attorney at the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (2012), and she presented twice at the Oregon Professional Liability Fund’s Learning the Ropes CLE for newly admitted lawyers (2006 and 2007). She also regularly contributes substantive content to Bodyfelt Mount’s website and newsletter.

    Vicki supports a number of community organizations. For five years, she was partnered with middle or high school students to read and analyze books together, as part of the Multnomah Bar Association's Imprint Program. Through the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run, Vicki served as a running buddy to multiple 8- to 10-year-old girls. Vicki mentored law students at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College for several years and was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Andrea Swanner Redding Outstanding Mentor Award. She also mentors a lawyer under the Oregon State Bar’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program. She frequently volunteers as a judge for high school moot court competitions, as well. Vicki co-initiated Bodyfelt Mount’s participation in the Rebuilding Together program to provide assistance to low-income homeowners by remodeling and rejuvenating their homes. The firm participated in that program for six years. Vicki also started the firm's annual holiday toy drive.





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