Jill Smith

Founding Partner


Jill was born and raised in the Midwest, attended Wheaton College (1991-1994), and came to the Pacific Northwest in 1997 to attend Willamette University College of Law. She was on Willamette’s Law Review, graduated magna cum laude in 2000, and immediately moved into a judicial clerkship with Oregon Court of Appeals/Judge Walt Edmonds (2000-2002). After that two year clerkship, Jill spent two years (2002-2004) serving as an Assistant Attorney General at Oregon’s Department of Justice, in the Appellate division, where she briefed and argued more than 40 appeals.

Jill joined this firm’s predecessor, Roy & Simmons, in early 2005. She began defending drivers in collision cases in 2005 and has obtained successful settlements and/or verdicts for hundreds of them. Over the years, her practice has grown to include defense of cities, counties, schools and

their staff, fire districts, and non-profit agencies. She regularly appears in Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish and King County Superior Courts and federal district court for the Western District of Washington, as well as in EEOC and Washington Human Rights Commission proceedings. Jill is especially proud of cases where she has obtained outright dismissals for clients through motions, by early analysis of the documents and finding and applying favorable law. She has a fundamental belief that Washington’s public servants do tremendous good for those they serve, and deserve a top-notch defense when they find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit.

After-hours, Jill and her husband enjoy kayaking in Bellingham Bay, and parenting their five children.