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David P Smith

Business Attorney at West Linn, OR

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    Oregon - OR 27 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Whether you are involved in a merger, acquisition, refinance, or restructuring, we will assist you in determining your objectives, goals, priorities of business and negotiating strategies. I haveprovided business law services in northwest Oregon for almost 15 years, including services involving: • LLC/S-Corporation Start-ups • Business transactions • Business suc

    27 years

  2. Construction and development
    When business plans are threatened by an owners' failure to pay for work performed or materials supplied, a business can face a serious problem. I have provided construction and mechanics lien and bond claim legal services throughout the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area since 1996, including: • Prepare, record, provide notices, and perfect lien rights • Initiate suits foreclose construction

    27 years

  3. Contracts and agreements

  4. Litigation
    I have extensive experience in handling complex business arbitration and litigation in both state and federal courts. We can handle a broad range of disputes, including disagreements involving: Business tort litigation Contract disputes Covenants not to compete/non-compete agreements Intentional interference with business relations Theft of corporate opportunities Commercial, financial institution, and lender collections Breach of fiduciary duties Shareholder/partnership

    27 years

  5. Real estate


David Smith strives to personify the intent of his firm, to care for businesses as people. His experience advising businesses, contractors and property owners on transactional matters, as well as handling a wide array of litigation cases, creates a solid foundation for his law firm.

David has gained his experience in solving complex commercial disputes while representing a wide range of clients, including financial institutions, contractors, developers, property owners, securities brokers, product manufacturers, insurance companies and business professionals. Combined with his diverse litigation background, David's in-depth knowledge of the legal process enables him to assist his clients in solving disputes that otherwise get in the way of what they know best — business.


David Smith is an experienced Portland attorney, and can effectively handle complex cases involving multiple parties, questions of liability and other complex business issues.

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The Smith Firm, P.C.


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Posted by Benjamin | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
David handled a billing dispute between my company and one of our clients. He always returned our calls and emails in a timely manner. The case was resolved to our satisfaction. Thanks David!
Posted by Ramona | September 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
"The Fixer"
After a big name law firm messed up a legal situation where my elderly parents were being sued, we hired Dave to unravel and resolve the debacle. Dave came up with a resolution we could live with so my mom didn't have to go through anymore unnecssary heartache. Dave didn't "lawyer" up the case and if anyone has had a bad attorney, you know what I am talking about. He knows the law but he has common sense too. He didn't talk us in circles or come up with crazy ways to drag things out for the sake of running up fee's - he did his job and did it well. My mother, who was caring for my dad with dementia, was incredibly fragile and Dave treated her with the utmost respect and care throughout the case.
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Posted by Jaclyn | June 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You
We have no doubt in our mind that we chose the right attorney to represent us during a complicated and frustrating construction defect matter. From start to finish, our three-year legal battle with a contractor based in Portland hand many unprecedented challenges, yet Dave Smith skillfully navigated through them all. With remarkable ease, he effectively managed our expectations and fought tirelessly on our behalf. We were delighted with the outcome and immensely relieved to finally put this matter behind us.
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Posted by Robert and Mary | May 30, 2018
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Very professional and great to work with
We highly recommend David P Smith in matters of construction law.  During the two and half years of our legal process we immensely appreciated David's straight forward and honest dealings, his fair billing, and his personal style which is calming, encouraging and professional.  David's real expertise is in his litigation skills.  He guided us well with strategy and to anticipate and prepare for the events guiding us to a successful settlement.  His receptive personal demeanor and excellent legal skills make him a great attorney to work with.  Thank you David!
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Posted by Arnold and Marie | November 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks for your help Dave.
We hired Dave Smith to help us with a small legal situation. We found him to be professional, helpful and an all around good guy. We were satisfied with the outcome and it was handled in a quick and efficient manner.
Posted by Jamie | September 2, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
A great choice - a clear solution
Calm, clear, and concise. That is how I would describe my experience with The Smith Firm, P.C. David Smith breaks down your legal concerns, offers workable scenarios and helps guide you through the matter at hand. I received great insight into my legal situation and was given good direction as to how to solve the matter moving forward. Legal matters are never pleasant, but David and his team made it far less stressful and definitely manageable.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2015
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Big firm experience, but fully accessible!
David has handled all legal needs for our LLC, from assisting with the formation, to contracts and general legal expertise. He has an impressive resume, having worked at the big city firms and is not afraid to take on the most complicated of cases. But, most impressive is his effort to have direct communication with clients. He always responds in a timely manner. And, during meetings or calls, David has the talent of making you feel that your case is his most important. If you are looking for a lawyer you can fully trust to handle your legal needs in a professional manner with excellent results, I would fully recommend David Smith.
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Posted by Fadi | September 1, 2011
Best lawyer i've ever worked with
I have worked with Dave since I started my own business about 6 years ago. I don't really use the word genius lightly but this lawyer is hands down a genius. I have referred many clients to him over the years and he has never disappointed. You definitely cannot go wrong choosing this lawyer.
Posted by Greg | August 24, 2011
Chief Credit Officer of Pacific West Bank recommends Dave Smith
Pacific West Bank uses Dave Smith for much of our legal work. Some of that work entails commercial collections, property foreclosures and filing lawsuits. Dave and his legal assistant Wendy are very quick to respond to the Bank's needs and are always open to all kinds of legal questions. Dave's office is only a few blocks away from the Bank and a very informal relationship has been developed over the years. We can drop into Dave's office unannounced and leave documents with Wendy or Dave anytime. In addition, Wendy is frequently in the Bank delivering documents. This professional informality allows the Bank to respond to our legal situations quickly. As a Chief Credit Officer, I have worked with other attorneys before from both large, downtown firms and small, local firms. Dave's overall legal knowledge and ability combined with his friendly, accessible manner makes him a highly valued resource for Pacific West Bank.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2011
David Smith has always worked above and beyond our expectations
We initially hired David Smith two years ago to assist us with a complicated real estate transaction. He helped to simplify the process, went above and beyond what was necessary, and left us feeling confident about our investment. Since then, we have consulted with him a few times on other business matters and have always found his advice or actions taken to be sound decisions, and in our company's best interest.
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Posted by Margo | August 24, 2011
Great service and followup .. Highly recommend!
Dave has handled several types of cases for me (dog bite, employment contract and advice on a bad debt collection.) He always kept me informed, honestly gave me his opinion on my chances of winning, was always professional in dealing with the other side. I would highly recommend him.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mead Smith, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Senior Associate
  • Jordan Schrader Ramis, PC
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Miller Nash
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Bullivant Houser Bailey
  • 1996 - 1999
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  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Oregon State Bar Association
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  • Washington State Bar Association
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  • Multnomah County Bar Association
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  • Clackamas County Bar Association
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  • Deschutes County Bar Association
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  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
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  • Central Oregon Association of REALTORS
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • American Geophysical Union v. Texaco, Inc.
  • Copyright Law -- Application of the Fair Use Defense to Scientific Researchers Employed by a For-Profit Corporation
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David was opposing counsel in a multi-state business litigation matter. He was a zealous advocate for his client and a professional adversary in this case. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Business Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a highly talented business and litigation attorney."
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West Linn Business Lawyer David P Smith
David P Smith
Business Attorney
West Linn, OR
Licensed for 27 years