Craig A. Smith

Craig A. Smith

Practice Emphasis
Employee Benefits and Health Care

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1972)
University of Minnesota, B.S. (1967)

After graduating from law school, Craig served as a judicial clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court for two years before joining Hershner Hunter in 1974.

He has served on the Executive Committees of the Oregon State Bar Business and Tax Sections. During that service he participated in redrafting the Oregon statutes relating to professional corporations and testified in support of that legislation in the Oregon Legislature. He represents many hospital-based physician groups as well as large multi-specialty groups and other healthcare providers.

Craig’s practice coincided with the enactment of ERISA, and he has actively practiced in that area since. He represents a broad range of qualified retirement plan sponsors covering from one to over 1,000 participants.

Craig has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 in both of his practice areas.

Craig grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. He is actively involved in civic and business organizations. He was elected to serve on the Eugene School Board from 1995 to 2015 and has served as its chair twice. He was elected to serve on the Board and was an officer of the Oregon School Boards Association, as well as serving on Boards of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and Eugene Rotary Club.  He was awarded a “Turtle Award” by the City Club of Eugene for service to the community.  He enjoys travel, history and golf.  His wife Mary and he have two daughters, Kristi and Katie, both of whom work in public education.

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