MTLA Spring Seminar

Proving and Obtaining Damages
6.5 CLE Credits – including 1.5 ethics credits

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April 28, 2017

Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center Billings
1223 Mullowney Lane
Billings, Montana


Seminar Co-chairs:  Joe Cook & Tucker Gannett, Billings

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Speaker Bios





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7:15 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:10 Introduction & Welcome Tucker Gannett, Billings

Damages in Real Property Cases: Yes, It’s About The Money


David P. Legare, Billings


The (Un)constitutionality of the Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases: How to Crush the Cap


Elizabeth M. Varela, Billings

10:15 BREAK

Damages in Personal Injury

  Roberta Anner-Hughes, Billings
11:30 LUNCH (on your own)

Stacking Liability Coverage from the Quenemoen Case to the Present

  ♦ Tucker Gannett, Billings
♦ Colin Gerstner, Billings
♦ Kyle Anne Gray, Billings

When Politics Meets the Law (1 ethics credit)

  Jonathan Motl, Helena
2:45 BREAK
3:00 Perspectives from the Bench
  ♦ Hon. Justice Dirk M. Sandefur, Montana Supreme Court
♦ Hon. Gregory R. Todd, Thirteenth Judicial District

Moderator: Joe Cook, Billings

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Roberta Anner-Hughes practices at her own firm (the Anner-Hughes Law Firm) in Billings, Montana, where she specializes in civil litigation, representing plaintiffs.  She started her legal career as an associate, working with now Federal District Court Judge Donald W. Molloy and spent the majority of her years in practice with Cliff Edwards until she opened her own firm.  Bobby is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law where she participated on the ATLA (now AAJ) trial team for three years, winning a National Championship in 1992. She has served as the president of MTLA, president of her local bar association and chair of the MSU-B Foundation Board.  Bobby has been named in The Best Lawyers of America and the Mountain States Super Lawyers, notably named in the top 40 Women Lawyers in the Mountain States.  Bobby has been a member of MTLA throughout her years of practice.  She is also a member of AAJ and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.



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Tucker Gannett is a native of Montana and attended the University of Montana for both undergraduate and post-graduate studies, obtaining his law degree in 2011. He currently practices in the firm of Harris, Gannett & Varela in Billings specializing in insurance coverage disputes, personal injury and real property litigation.  Prior to joining his current firm, Mr. Gannett served as a law clerk to Hon. Susan P. Watters and worked in private practice in Billings.  Tucker is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Montana as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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Colin Gerstner graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a B.A. in History.  Colin attended the University of Montana School of Law and graduated with honors in 2012.  After graduation, Colin served as a law clerk to Judge Susan Watters in both state and federal court.  Colin loves practicing law in his hometown, and he enjoys representing consumers and injured individuals.  Colin focuses on personal injury, insurance coverage disputes, consumer law, criminal law, and family law.  Colin is admitted to practice in Montana state and federal courts.

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Kyle Anne Gray practices environmental and commercial law with the Billings office of Holland & Hart LLP.  Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including appellate law, and she has briefed and argued dozens of cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Montana Supreme Court, the Wyoming Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1984, and subsequently clerked for then Chief Judge Clarence Brimmer of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming before moving to Montana in 1986.  Ms. Gray’s insurance-related practice generally involves advising and representing corporations on insurance issues, but on occasion she has handled complex insurance disputes for individuals struggling against their insurance companies.  


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David Legare is a trial lawyer from Billings, who advocates for plaintiffs in real property cases.  He graduated from the University of Montana in 1992 and the School of Law in 1995.  He is a member of the AAJ, MTLA, and the Montana and Federal Bar Associations.  He is listed in the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers and admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Montana, the United States District Court of Colorado, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He enjoys family, friends and vacations.


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Jonathan Motl served as Montana's 11th appointed and 8th confirmed Commissioner of Political Practices.   The office of the COPP is a state agency with authority to enforce Montana's ethics, campaign practices and lobbying laws.    Prior to becoming Commissioner Mr. Motl worked for 30 years as a trial  attorney in predecessor firms to the current Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson and Deola law firm in Helena, Montana.


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Hon. Justice Dirk M. Sandefur won election to the Montana Supreme Court in November 2016 and was sworn into office January 2, 2017, to fill the position of retiring Justice Patricia O’Brien Cotter.  Justice Sandefur served three terms as State District Judge in one of Montana’s busiest and most populous districts, Montana’s Eighth Judicial District in Great Falls. Prior to serving as a State District Judge, he served for eight years as a State prosecutor and chief legal counsel for Cascade County and local government agencies regarding zoning, subdivision, property, property tax, employment, school, and other local government issues and transactions. After graduating from the University of Montana School of Law, with high honors, ranked third in his class, he worked in private practice as an associate attorney in a Great Falls law firm and briefly as a contract public defender. Prior to attending law school, he served for three years as a police officer for the City of Havre.


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Hon. Gregory R. Todd graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1977 and spent three years as a Deputy Gallatin County Attorney in Bozeman.  He then moved to Billings and had a twenty year litigation practice that emphasized personal injury, domestic relations and criminal defense.  He was appointed as a District Court Judge in Billings in December 2000.  He is married with two grown daughters and two granddaughters.


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Elizabeth M. Varela graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law.  She received her undergraduate degrees in German and Foreign Affairs from The University of Virginia.  Ms. Varela  is an attorney with Harris, Gannett & Varela.  Before joiningthe firm, she was a litigation associate at Crowley Fleck.  Liz now represents plaintiffs in civil litigation.  Her practice includes an emphasis on property damage, real estate disputes, and land use law.  


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