Betts Patterson Mines

Elisha S. Smith

Of Counsel

Seattle Office

(206) 268-8636

Elisha S. Smith

Elisha primarily works in the firm’s defense litigation practice. She is a member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association, and provides some pro bono legal services. Elisha has successfully handled litigation at the trial and appellate court levels, in state and federal court, and at arbitration, in a variety of cases. These include serious personal injury and death claims, premises liability disputes, dog bite claims, boundary disputes, construction defect claims, land use disputes, cosmetology claims, veterinary claims, and HOA and condominium owner disagreements.

Elisha earned a double major in English and Spanish at the University of Puget Sound, and studied abroad in Spain during college. She worked her way through most of law school at night while working full-time as a legal assistant/clerk to the Seattle Assistant Chief Counsel of the U.S. Customs Service, which provided legal advice and services to Customs offices and personnel in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. After graduating from law school, Elisha clerked for the Honorable Leonard W. Kruse and the Honorable William J. Kamps of the Kitsap County Superior Court, where she conducted legal research, wrote legal memoranda and memorandum opinions for the judges, and assisted with administrative matters relating to the judges’ dockets.

Representative Cases

  • Assisted in securing a defense verdict in a slip-and-fall premises liability case after jury trial in Pierce County Superior Court.
  • Secured a defense verdict in complicated veterinary malpractice matter, litigated at a multi-day arbitration in a Thurston County Superior Court case.
  • Assisted in securing a judgment in favor of clients on their counterclaims in a boundary dispute case, after bench trial in King County Superior Court, including a favorable attorney fee award against plaintiffs in favor of defendant clients.
  • Assisted in securing dismissal mid-trial in veterinary malpractice matter during a jury trial in Lewis County Superior Court.
  • Assisted in overturning Snohomish County Superior Court’s denial of Motion for Summary Judgment seeking dismissal of claims in personal injury case involving a fall off a horse and applicability of the equine activities statute, in Division One of the Washington Court of Appeals. Glover v. Weber, Court of Appeals, Div. 1, No. 70853-8-I 9 (2014)
  • Assisted in securing favorable decision at the Washington Supreme Court level in a case involving many land use issues, arising in San Juan County. Durland v. San Juan County et al., 182 Wn.2d 55 (2014)
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of various cases, including an HOA dispute in Pierce County, dog bite claim based on the Veterinarian’s Rule in Snohomish County, premises liability claim based on a trip-and-fall on a porch in Clallam County, and miscellaneous other matters.