Ben A. Snipes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Great Falls, MT

Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, PC
 | 21 3rd St N, Suite 301
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406-761-5595
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
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 Odegaard Kovacich Snipes in Great Falls, Montana. Nationally recognized as a top trial advocate, Mr. Snipes focuses his practice primarily on plaintiff injury claims involving trucking accidents and construction injuries. He also has unique experience in toxic tort cases, such as asbestos and mesothelioma cases, and work-related injuries. In addition, he maintains an active docket of qui tam/false claims act whistleblower and workers' compensation claims.

    Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Snipes has achieved notable success in fighting for the rights and entitlements of those suffering needlessly as the result of preventable tragedies. He has helped recover numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and awards, and the 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 is recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Montana 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. Since 2018, Mr. Snipes has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a distinction reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. In 2019, Mr. Snipes along with his partner, Mark Kovacich, were named Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

    After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Montana Western in Dillon, where he was a two time All-American offensive lineman and athletic scholarship recipient, 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 local, state and federal legal communities, 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, the Cascade County Bar Association and the Cascade County Law Clinic.

    Mr. Snipes has authored numerous professional articles and provided numerous lectures regarding trial practice. Mr. Snipes also devotes substantial time and professional skill providing pro bono legal services to indigent clients and serving as a court-appointed guardian ad litem.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    • 10%Environmental Litigation
    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 3 years

    Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

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    About Ben Snipes

    Admitted: 2008, Montana

    Professional Webpage: https://mtlawyers.com/our-team/ben-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:

    • 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

    21 3rd St N
    Suite 301
    Great Falls, MT 59401

    Phone: 406-761-5595

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