Bruce R. Gilbert - Smith Freed Eberhard P.C.

Bruce R. Gilbert

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Bruce’s practice focuses on Construction Defect litigation. He is a lead member of Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group. His legal experience includes defending general contractors, subcontractors, and construction professionals with respect to landslide claims, EIFS claims, multi-family homeowner association litigation, general building envelope claims, Employer Liability Law (ELA) and mold claims.

Bruce’s pre-law background includes graduating with honors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. This technical expertise proves beneficial when representing contractors and construction professionals.

Bruce regularly presents to Oregon and Washington construction professionals on legal issues affecting engineering and the construction industry.

Representative Cases

  • Bruce has won several summary judgment motions dismissing six figure claims against general contractors.
  • He has represented contractors before the Court of Appeals and established important legal precedent for construction defect issues. See Quail Hollow West Owners Assoc. v. Brownstone Quail Hollow, LLC, 343 Or. 115 (2007); Harris v. Suniga, 209 Or. App. 410 (2006).
  • He also has defended multiple personal injury and construction defect arbitrations, including brain injury claims and representing general contractors in construction defect cases.

University of WashingtonBS 1992Seattle University Law SchoolJ.D. 1995
Oregon State Bar AssociationWashington State Bar AssociationOregon State CourtWashington State CourtFederal Court of the District of Oregon

Office Location

111 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Suite 4300
Portland, OR 97204
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Bruce R. Gilbert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Other Information

Gender: Male