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Last updated: 3/4/2018
Vicki M. Smith
Defense Counsel -- Committees: Professional Women's Forum
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Bodyfelt Mount, LLP
319 SW Washington Street
Suite 1200
Portland
97204  United States
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503 243-1022 (Phone)
503 243-2019 (Fax)
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  Commercial Litigation, Construction, General Liability, Insurance Coverage, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Property Insurance, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law
  Vicki M. Smith is a partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP in Portland, Oregon. Her practice includes general civil litigation and insurance coverage. She is currently handling cases involving insurance and surety bond coverage, construction defect, breach of warranty, and products and professional liability claims. Vicki practices in all courts in Oregon and Washington. She has tried cases involving claims of contractual indemnity, product liability, commercial breach of contract, and personal injury actions.
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Education/Experience
Vicki earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2001. She obtained her B.A. in international affairs and government from Eastern Washington University in 1998.
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Vicki is proud to be the President of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel in 2018. She has long been active in OADC, having served as an officer on the board of directors since 2016, three additional years as a board member (2013-2015), and two years each as Chair, Vice Chair and Publications Liaison of the New Lawyers Practice Group. She is currently a Vice Chair to the FDCC Commercial Litigation and Toxic Tort & Environmental Law sections. Vicki has also served as DRI's Annual Meeting Liaison for Oregon since 2015.
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Longstanding legal directory Martindale-Hubbell assigned Vicki an AV® Peer Review Rating -- the highest rating an attorney can obtain for legal ability and ethical standards. The Best Lawyers in America lists Vicki in the category of insurance litigation.

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 helped train 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, and she really enjoys mentoring. For six years, she 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 mentored a lawyer under the Oregon State Bar’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program (2016). 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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