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 canoe 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 small travel trailer.
Practice & Experience
Vicki is a lead trial lawyer and insurance coverage partner at Bodyfelt Mount. She advises clients in and outside of litigation, in addition to representing individuals, businesses, and insurance clients in civil litigation throughout all Oregon and Washington courts. Vicki regularly handles cases involving insurance and surety bond coverage, professional liability claims, civil rights, product and warranty claims, construction defect, and other commercial disputes. Her extensive trial and arbitration experience includes insurance coverage, construction defect, contractual indemnity, product liability, commercial breach of contract, and personal injury actions.
Vicki joined Bodyfelt Mount LLP in 2002, and became a partner in 2009. 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. Best Lawyers in America lists Vicki in the category of insurance litigation.
Professional & Community Activities
Defense Research Institute
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Oregon Women Lawyers
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Vicki proudly served as President of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel in 2018. She has long been active in OADC, having served three years as an officer, (2016-2018), three years as a board member (2013-2015), and six years working up the leadership ladder in the New Lawyers Practice Group. At the national level, Vicki is heavily involved in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, serving on its Admission and Local Meeting Project Committees, and is the current Chair of the Commercial Litigation Section and Vice Chair of the Professional Women’s Forum.
Vicki also regularly presents at professional and continuing education seminars. At the FDCC's 2019 Winter Meeting, she presented on obstacles that arise when arbitrating and litigating disputes. On a commercial litigation panel at the FDCC’s 2018 Annual Meeting, she addressed arbitrability issues affecting claims by third parties. She moderated a panel discussion on closing arguments at the 2017 FDCC Winter Meeting, and she spoke on motor vehicle dealer surety bonds at the 2016 Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting. Vicki was part of a panel discussing motions against pleadings at a 2013 CLE seminar co-sponsored by OADC and the Jackson County Bar Association. She spoke about how to be a successful second-chair trial attorney at the 2012 OADC Annual Convention, and she presented twice at the Oregon Professional Liability Fund’s Learning the Ropes CLE for newly admitted lawyers (2006 and 2007). She also authors articles for FDCC and DRI publications, and 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 mentors lawyers under the Oregon State Bar’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program. She frequently volunteers as a judge for high school moot court competitions, as well.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 2001
B.A. (International Affairs and Government), Eastern Washington University, 1998