MTLA Winter Seminar
Hot Topics in Civil Litigation

February 22, 2019

Great Northern Hotel
835 Great Northern Blvd.
Helena, MT

 

Seminar Co-chairs:
Scott L. Peterson and Keif A. Storrar, Helena

 

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Schedule – 6.25 CLE Credits, including 1 ethics credit

 

 

7:30   Registration & Continental Breakfast
     
8:20   Introduction & Welcome
    Scott L. Peterson, Helena
     
8:30   What Practitioners Can Do Better – Common Mistakes Made in Civil Litigation
    Hon. Brian Morris, U.S. District Court of Montana, Great Falls
    Hon. Justice Ingrid Gustafson, Montana Supreme Court, Helena
    Hon. Amy Poehling Eddy, Eleventh Judicial District, Kalispell
     
9:30   Untying the Gordian Knot: Multiple Parties and Multiple Causes in Montana
    Randy Bishop, Missoula
     
10:30   BREAK
     
10:45   PTSD as the New Brain Injury (PTSD Causes Atrophy of the Brain), and How to Prove It with Your iPhone
    Dorothy Clay Sims, Ocala, FL
     
11:45   Legislative Update
    Jim Hunt, Helena
     
12:00   LUNCH (on your own)
     
1:15   Leveraging: What To Do About Venial and Mortal Sins By Insurance Carriers
    John L. Amsden, Bozeman
    Gary M. Zadick, Great Falls
     
2:15   Ethics Discussion – Meta-Data and What It Means for Your Practice
    OVERVIEW:
    Michael Pasque, Billings
    PANEL DISCUSSION;
    Hon. Justice James J. Shea, Montana Supreme Court, Helena
    John M. Morrison, Helena
     
3:15   BREAK
     
3:30   Nuts and Bolts of Settlement Taxation Under the New Tax Bill
    Ross Keogh, Missoula
     
4:30   SEMINAR ADJOURNS

 

 

Speakers

 

 

John L. Amsden is a native of eastern Montana, a graduate of Montana State University in Civil Engineering and a 1988 honors graduate of Georgetown University Law School.  John represents plaintiffs in cases involving shareholder disputes, class actions, pension fraud, product liability and some general personal injury matters. John serves on MTLA's Board of Directors and is a Past President and former chair of the Education Committee.

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Randy Bishop maintains a limited civil trial practice in Missoula, Montana, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of products liability and torts (2015) and coaches the Trial Team at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.  Randy is a Past President and sustaining member of MTLA, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and current President of Montana ABOTA. He has been honored with MTLA’s Public Service, Appellate Advocacy and Career Achievement Awards.

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Judge Amy Eddy has been serving as a District Court Judge in Flathead County since November of 2015. In the past three years she has presided over more than 4,000 cases. Additionally, she was appointed by the Montana Supreme Court as the Asbestos Claims Court Judge in November of 2017, and in that capacity, presides over the pretrial proceedings of more than 2,200 claimants who have alleged exposure to asbestos in Libby, Montana. She currently serves as the Chair of the Uniform District Court Rules Commission. Prior to serving as District Court Judge, Judge Eddy was in private practice for 15 years as a complex civil litigator.

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Hon. Justice Ingrid G. Gustafson was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court in December 2017. Prior to that she served for 14 years as a District Court Judge for the 13th Judicial District, Yellowstone County, Montana. Prior to taking the bench in 2004, Justice Gustafson practiced law for 16 years maintaining a broad-based, private practice. She is currently President of the Montana Judges Association. She is also serving on the National Center for State Courts Evidence-Based Sentencing Judicial Peer Group as well as Montana’s Pre-Trial Advisory Committee, the Court Assessment Program and the State Bar's Fee Arbitration Committee.

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Jim Hunt earned his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law (best law school in Montana) and has a solo practice 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. In addition to being President of MTLA, he is currently the AAJ State Delegate representing the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

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Ross Keogh was born and raised in the intermountain west, except for a stint in New York during college. He attended the University of Montana where he earned his law degree and a Master’s degree in Economics. Ross practices in Missoula, MT and excels at identifying efficient tax advantageous strategies at any scale, and at quantifying the bottom line.

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Hon. Brian Morris was commissioned to the U.S. District Court for Montana in December 2013. Judge Morris graduated from Stanford Law School in 1992. He served as law clerk for Hon. William Rehnquist at the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Hon. John Noonan, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He worked in private practice from 1995 through 1999. He served as Solicitor for the Montana Department of Justice from 2001 until being elected to the Montana Supreme Court in November 2004.

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John Morrison is a past MTLA president and received MTLA's 2015 Appellate Advocacy Award. He served as the Montana State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner 2001-2008, and chaired the Health Insurance, Market Conduct and Consumer Protection committees of the NAIC. He has given invited testimony in both houses of Congress and is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor on ERISA issues. John led the national ban of discretionary clauses, upheld by the Ninth Circuit in Standard Insurance v Morrison.

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Mike Pasque is an attorney at Halverson, Mahlen & Wright, practicing in the areas of civil litigation and insurance defense. He is admitted to practice in Montana State and Federal Courts. Mike previously consulted with lawyers and corporations as the Senior Vice President at Agile Data Solutions, helping them navigate complex e-discovery processes, from data retention to production. He has written and presented nationally on topics including e-discovery, data protection/privacy, and technology in law.

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Justice James J. Shea attended the University of Montana, where he earned his law degree; he then served as a law clerk to Hon. Paul Hatfield of the U.S. District Court in Great Falls. After his clerkship, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked as a trial attorney with the Metropolitan Public Defender and then practiced civil law in the private sector. Justice Shea returned to Montana in 1996 and practiced in Missoula. In 2005 he was appointed Judge of the Workers’ Compensation Court, serving until 2014, when he was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court.

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Dorothy Clay Sims, Esq, helps lawyers prepare for cross examinations, walking them through what, when and how to ask questions regarding a particular expert. Fed up with lying experts, she spent l0 years studying psychological and physical tests, taking the tests herself, meeting the authors to find out how bad doctors spin the science. Her book, Exposing the Deceptive Defense Doctor has been a number one best seller 3 years in a row. She has given over 350 speeches on medical/legal issues.

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Gary Zadick is a member of the Great Falls firm of Ugrin, Alexander, Zadick & Higgins specializing in negligence, insurance and products liability law. In April 2000, Mr. Zadick, along with his partners Neil Ugrin, Robert James and Bert Fairclough, prevailed in the Matter of Insurance Imposed Billing Rules and Procedures. The decision is the first in the country from a court of last resort addressing the role of defense counsel. He earned his law degree from UM School of Law and has an active mediation/arbitration practice.

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