Ben A. Snipes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Great Falls, MT

Kovacich Snipes Johnson, PC
 | 725 3rd Avenue North, Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: 406-761-5595
Fax: 406-761-5805
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%),
  • Environmental Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Ben A. Snipes is a partner and shareholder with the Kovacich Snipes Johnson, P.C., law firm in Great Falls, Montana. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial advocates in the country, Mr. Snipes focuses his practice primarily on plaintiff injury claims involving toxic torts, such as asbestos and mesothelioma, and work-related injuries. In addition, he maintains an active docket of qui tam whistleblower and workers' compensation claims.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Snipes has achieved notable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of those suffering needlessly as the result of preventable tragedies as well as those who experienced retaliation from their employers for reporting unlawful or questionable business practices. From his efforts, he has helped recover numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and awards, and his law firm has secured more than $300 million in total compensation to date.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional client service, Mr. Snipes holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the National Trial Lawyers voted him as among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state as well as a Top 40 Under 40. He has also earned many other accolades from his peers along with positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients. In 2019, Mr. Snipes along with his partner, Mark Kovacich, were named Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

A magna cum laude graduate of University of Montana Western in Dillon, where he attended on a football scholarship, Mr. Snipes obtained his Juris Doctor in 2008 from the University of Montana School of Law. Along with practicing before all Montana state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Snipes is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Montana and the American Association for Justice. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association's Montana Chapter and once served as executive officer for the Cascade County Bar Association.

Devoted to his local community as well, Mr. Snipes is a member of the board of directors and former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Great Falls, and he serves on the board of the Cascade County Law Clinic.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Products Liability

Workers' Compensation (10%)

Environmental Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Products Liability

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

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About Ben Snipes

Admitted: 2008, Montana

Professional Webpage: https://www.mttriallawyers.com/about/ben-a-snipes/

Honors/Awards:

  • For Outstanding Trial Advocacy- Awared to Mr. Snipes and his partner, Mark Kovacich, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Ben Snipes has been rated as one of the Top 40 trial lawyers under 40 years of age by the National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Snipes has held this distinction from 2014-2016., Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
  • The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less., Rising Star (Mountain States), Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Ben Snipes received the peer review rating of AV Preeminent in 2015. The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating Process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource Martindale-Hubbell®., AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ben Snipes has been rated as one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in Montana. He has held this distinction from 2014-2016., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Student Member, American Association of Justice
  • American Association for Justice (member), Montana Trial Lawyers Association (member), Montana State Bar (member), Cascade County Bar Association (member)(Executive Officer, 2009, 2018); Federal Bar Association- Montana Chapter (member)(Board of Directors, 2016-present)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2008
  • Montana, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Big Brother Big Sisters of Great Falls Board of Directors (President, 2012-2014)(Executive Officer, 2010-2014); Cascade County Law Clinic Board of Directors (2015-present)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Host, MTLA Spring Seminar- Strategies for Success, 2014
  • Montana's workers' compensation system was designed to allow a claimant to speedily obtain benefits for a work-related injury.  When these claims are handled improperly, to the claimant's detriment, Montana law recognizes a remedy in tort known as bad faith.  This article discusses the development and progression of bad faith actions precipitating from the handling of Montana workers' compensation claims., Author, Montana Workers' Compensation Bad Faith Claims, Trial Trends, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Federal Bar Association (Montana Chapter) CLE- Missoula, Montana 2017, Speaker/Moderator, Trying Your Case In Montana Federal Courts, 2017
  • Using Workers' Compensation as a Springboard for Tort Actions- Trial Trends (MTLA), 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Estate of DuPuis v. Montana State Fund- $425,000 settlement, 2016
  • Estate of Knoepfle v. St. Peter's Hospital- Medical malpractice/wrongful resuscitation jury verdict $409,000., 2019
  • DuPuis v. Yellowstone County- $650,000 settlement, 2015
  • Parkey v. MUS settlement -$482,000, 2018
  • Hysell v. ASARCO Asbestos Personal Injury Trust- confidential settlement, 2016

Educational Background:

  • C.M. Russell High School
  • University of Montana, B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Major: Business Administration, Honors: With Honors, & Football Scholarship

Industry Groups

  • Asbestos
  • Mesothelioma
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Office Location for Ben A. Snipes

725 3rd Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59403

Phone: 406-761-5595

Fax: 406-761-5805

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Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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