MTLA Winter Seminar
Disability, Diversity, and DMEs

February 21, 2020

Great Northern Hotel
835 Great Northern Blvd.
Helena, MT


Seminar Co-chairs:
Pat Fox and Tal Goldin, Helena


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Speaker Bios

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Live Remote OPTION


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We will be using a Zoom platform to provide  live streaming of the seminar to your desktop or mobile device.  The platform allows you to interact with the seminar, including asking questions of the presenter. 


If you plan to attend via live streaming to your desktop/mobile device, you must register online.


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REVISED Schedule – 6 CLE Credits, including 1 ethics credit



8:00   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:55   Introduction & Welcome 
    Tal Goldin, Helena
9:00   Identifying, Preparing and Trying The Mild TBI Case 
    Bruce H. Stern, Princeton, NJ
10:30    BREAK
10:45   Building The Next Case: Advancing The Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities in Your Practice
    Tal Goldin, Helena
11:45   LUNCH (on your own) 

View From The Bench

    Hon. Michael McMahon, 1st Judicial District, Helena
    Hon. Mike Menahan, 1st Judicial District, Helena
    Hon.  Jim Reynolds, 1st Judicial District, Helena
    Hon.  Kathy Seeley, 1st Judicial District, Helena
    Moderator:  Pat Fox, Helena
2:30   BREAK
2:45   Rethinking Rule 35: Fight to Keep The “Hired Gun” DME Out of Your Client’s Case
    Pat Fox, Helena
    Jim Hunt, Helena
3:45   Women in The Law and The Benefits of Diversity - ETHICS
    Hon. Jessica Fehr, 13th Judicial District, Billings






Hon. Jessica Fehr was appointed in March 2018 by Governor Steve Bullock to fill a vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District. She attended the University of Montana, where she earned her undergraduate degrees and then her Juris Doctorate. In 2006, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana where she served as the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (“ACE”) attorney and in the Criminal Division. Judge Fehr also practiced at Moulton Bellingham with a focus on medical professional regulatory defense, insurance defense, municipal defense and white collar criminal defense. She currently carries a full case load of civil and criminal matters and is working to finalize plans for a new drug court in Yellowstone County.

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Pat Fox is currently a partner at Hunt & Fox. From 2007 through 2018, he was a partner at Doubek, Pyfer & Storrar. Pat earned his JD/MBA from the University of Montana in 2005 and started his legal practice in Helena at that time. Pat was awarded MTLA’s Appellate Advocacy Award in 2018. In 2019, Pat worked with Al Smith assisting with MTLA’s legislative efforts during the 2019 session. Pat serves as MTLA’s Secretary-Treasurer and is the chair of the Membership Committee. His practice focuses on plaintiff work in personal injury, medical negligence, product liability, and insurance. Pat is also active in pro bono work through Montana Legal Services.

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Tal Goldin is a civil rights attorney and Co-Director of Advocacy at Montana Legal Services Association where he supervises the firm’s domestic violence, consumer protection, housing, agricultural worker, public benefits, and elder abuse practices. Mr. Goldin’s civil rights work focuses on the rights of students with disabilities to receive an appropriate education free from discrimination.  Prior to joining Montana Legal Services Association, Tal was the Supervising Attorney for the Education Unit at Disability Rights Montana.  Tal is a former adjunct professor at Alexander Blewett III School of Law. He earned his law degree from University of Montana School of Law and is a past president of the Western Montana Bar Association.

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Jim Hunt earned his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law (best law school in Montana) and is a partner at Hunt & Fox in Helena. He has spent his entire legal career as an advocate for consumers and victims against corporations, insurance companies, and government. Jim received MTLA's 2004 Trial Lawyer of the Year award, and 2009 Appellate Advocacy award. Mr. Hunt is a past president of MTLA, and he is currently an AAJ State Delegate representing the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

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Hon. Michael McMahon has served as a Montana First Judicial District Judge since Jan. 1, 2017. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge McMahon was the Managing Member of McMahon, Wall & Hubley, with over 25 years of experience in both litigation and non-litigation matters. While in private practice, Judge McMahon was highly regarded in a wide range of cases, from family law to class actions.

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Hon. Mike Menahan serves in the Montana First Judicial District. He is a graduate of the University of Montana (B.A. ’87) and University of Montana School of Law (J.D. ‘94). Judge Menahan was a Deputy Lewis and Clark County Attorney for eighteen years and served two terms in the Montana House of Representatives. He has been a district court judge since 2012.

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Hon. Jim Reynolds has served as a First Judicial District Court Judge since January, 2011.  He presides over the First Judicial District’s Adult and Family Treatment Courts. Judge Reynolds earned his law degree with honors in 1978 from University of Montana School of Law and clerked for Hon. Justice Gene B. Daly.  In July 1979, Judge Reynolds opened his own private practice in Helena, which eventually became Reynolds, Motl & Sherwood Law Offices.  Judge Reynolds was in private practice in Helena for 31 years focusing on constitutional litigation, employment disputes and family law.  Judge Reynolds is the recipient of numerous awards including CASA Judge of the Year (2016), MTLA’s Appellate Advocacy Award, Disability Rights Montana’s Courage Award, and the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline’s Montana Free Press Award.

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Hon. Kathy Seeley has served as a district judge in the First Judicial District since 2009. She was raised in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. She graduated from Carroll College, and received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 1983. Seeley was an Assistant Attorney General from 1985 – 2008 (nine years as an appellate attorney and thirteen years as a trial prosecutor in the Prosecution Services Bureau).  She has extensive trial experience as a prosecutor and has presided over approximately 90 jury trials as a district judge. 

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Bruce H. Stern presently serves as President of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Stern is a shareholder and member of the Personal Injury Group of Stark & Stark. He concentrates his practice in the area of trucking and construction litigation, brain and spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death. He graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1977 and from Rutgers School of Law-Camden in 1981. Mr. Stern is a past president of the New Jersey Association for Justice and a recipient of its highest award, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. He also received the Trial Bar Award for distinguished service in the cause of justice from the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. Mr. Stern is a founding member and past chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of AAJ. He also has served as chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section. He serves as Treasurer of the International Brain Injury Association and the North American Brain Injury Society. Mr. Stern is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer on the subject of traumatic brain injury litigation, evidence and trial techniques.

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