Vicki Smith

 

PARTNER

 

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.  Her current bucket list includes earning the Six Star Medal, which requires her to run the six World Marathon Majors.  One down, five left.  When not running, Vicki can be found attempting to grow vegetables in her garden, paddling lakes and canoe trails in central Oregon or exploring national parks with family.

Telephone: 503-595-7801

Fax: 503-243-2019

E-mail: smith@bodyfeltmount.com

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Practice & Experience

Vicki is a lead trial lawyer and insurance coverage partner at Bodyfelt Mount.  She advises and represents individuals, businesses, and insurance clients in and outside of litigation throughout all Oregon and Washington. Vicki regularly handles and tries cases involving insurance and surety bond coverage, civil rights, product and warranty claims, professional liability claims, personal injury and wrongful death claims, and other commercial disputes.

Vicki joined Bodyfelt Mount LLP in 2002 and became a partner in 2009.  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.  She has also been listed as an Oregon Super Lawyer for 2020 - 2022.

Professional & Community Activities

Defense Research Institute
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Oregon Women Lawyers
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Vicki enjoys participating in professional organizations so she can take an active role in advancing and enhancing the legal professional and legal practice.  She has long been active in the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and proudly served as its President in 2018.  She 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 (2006-2012). Vicki remains active in the organization in her role as Past President.

Vicki is also a proud member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, which is an organization of vetted civil defense attorneys and corporate executives who have achieved professional distinction.  Vicki currently serves on its Admissions Committee, is a Vice Chair of the Professional Women’s Forum and was the past Chair of the Commercial Litigation Section.  Vicki is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, a non-profit sister organization of the FDCC that promotes civil justice and enhances the quality of legal practice and service. 

Vicki has been a long-time member of the Defense Research Institute, where she currently serves as the Oregon State Representative.

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 trial attorney at the 2012 OADC Annual Convention, and she presented multiple times 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 mentored lawyers under the Oregon State Bar’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program.

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

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 2001
B.A. (International Affairs and Government), Eastern Washington University, 1998