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Mark M. Kovacich

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Great Falls, MT

Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, PC
21 3rd St N, Suite 301
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406-205-3307
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008, 2011 - 2013
Licensed in Montana Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Environmental Litigation
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Attorney Profile

Mark Kovacich, a principal at Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, has lived in Montana for most of his life. Mark joined Odegaard Kovacich Snipes in 2000 and has focused his practice on representing plaintiffs in cases involving asbestos & Environmental Claimsenvironmental litigationserious personal injuryproducts liabilityworkers' compensation, and safe workplace litigation. Mark was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association in 2005 and 2019 and received the association's Appellate Advocacy Award in 2008 and 2016.

Mark has been consistently recognized as a Rising Star by Mountain States Super Lawyers dating back to 2008, and as a Super Lawyer since 2014.

Mark has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America and has achieved the highest possible peer review rating. In 2004, Mark served as trial counsel, along with his partners, Tom Lewis and David Slovak, in the case of Sunburst v. Texaco, which resulted in a record $41.2 million verdict. In 2012, Mark acted as trial counsel in Livingston v. BNSF, ending with a $36 million settlement during the second week of trial. Mark has successfully represented hundreds of plaintiffs in high profile cases, learn more about his - Verdicts, Judgments & Settlements.

Mark spends most of his free time with his family. He enjoys running, playing golf, hunting, and fishing.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 20%Environmental Litigation
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Asbestos, Toxic Torts


9 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2008, 2011 - 2013

About Mark M. Kovacich

First Admitted: 1999, Montana

Professional Webpage:


  • Gamble v. Sears, 160 P.3d 537 (Mont. 2007)
  • Christian v. Atlantic Richfield Company, 358 P.3d 131 (Mont. 2015)
  • Daniels v. Anaconda Minerals Co, WL 848408 (D. Mont. 2011)
  • Sunburst v. Texaco, 165 P.3d 1079 (Mont. 2007)
  • Daniels v. Anaconda Minerals Co., 09-35438 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Nelson v. Cenex, 181 P.3d 619 (Mont. 2008)
  • Montana v. BNSF Ry. Co., 623 F.3d 1312 (9th Cir. 2010)

Representative Clients

  • Citizens of Helena
  • Citizens of Libby
  • City of Livingston & Citizens of Livingston
  • Citizens of North Havre
  • Sunburst School District & Citizens of Sunburst
  • Citizens of Opportunity

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Pretrial Tactics and the Use of Experts, Montana Trial Lawyers Association Fall Seminar, 2011
  • Safe Place to Work Litigation, Montana Trial Lawyers Association Winter Seminar, 2010
  • Seminar of the Masters' Remedies in Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Environmental Torts and Damages, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Law Review: Public Land & Resources Law Review, 1997 - 1999, University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana


  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Montana Lawyers
  • MTLA Appellate Advocate of the Year, 2008 and 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - 2018  
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2014 - 2018
  • MTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2005
  • Benchmark Plaintiff, Local Litigation Star, 2012
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star 2008, 2011 and 2012
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top One Percent, 2015-2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-Present
  • Cascade County Bar Association, 2000-Present
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1999
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyer Representative, 2017–Present  
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member since 2012
  • State Bar of Montana, 1999-Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008
  • American Association for Justice, Montana State Delegate, 2017 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2000-Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Member, 2011-Present
  • Montana, 1999

Educational Background

  • Colstrip High School, Colstrip, Montana, Honor: Valedictorian, 1991
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana, B.S., Honors: With Honors, Major: Environmental Engineering, 1996
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Office Location for Mark M. Kovacich

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

Phone: 406-205-3307

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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