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Great Falls, MT 59401
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Ben A. Snipes

Partner Attorney, Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, PC

With multiple office locations across Montana, Odegaard Kovacich Snipes has experience serving clients throughout the state.

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.

Education

  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana: J.D. - 2008
  • University of Montana - Western, Dillon, Montana: B.S. magna cum laude, Honors: With Honors, & Football Scholarship, Major: Business Administration

Honors and Awards

  • AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rated
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • 2019 MTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Montana State Bar, Member, 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Federal Bar Association (Montana Chapter), Board of Directors, 2016 - Present
  • Cascade County Bar Association, Member/Executive Officer (2009)

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cascade County Law Clinic (Board of Directors)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Great Falls (Board of Directors, President, 2012-2014)
“I approach the law much the way my family approached their jobs. You have to put in the hours and be available to put your clients first.”
~ Ben Snipes

Over $500 Million Recovered for Our Clients

Giving it all it takes to maximize our client’s recovery. Read our case results to see how we’ve recovered millions for injury victims. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, turn to a firm with a history of success.

$24,000,000.00
False Claims Act / Whistleblower Settlement

The largest False Claims Act recovery in Montana history. Representing a whistleblower CFO for a large Montana medical facility, Paul Odegaard acted co-counsel with lead counsel, Bryan Vroon, an Atlan...

$1,800,000.00
Insurance Bad Faith Settlement

Paul Odegaard represented an oil field trucker who injured his low back while changing a tire during a work shift. While the work comp claim was initially accepted, the insurer later denied the claim ...

$1,200,000.00
Motor Vehicle Accident

Client was a passenger in a semi-truck driver who was ejected from the cab when the driver fell asleep at the wheel at interstate speeds and hit a guardrail. We ultimately obtained the liability limi...

$1,050,000.00
Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our Client, a water truck driver working in the oil fields of Montana and North Dakota, was severely injured when he was run off the road by another semi-truck. Initially, his Workers' Compensation cl...

Awards / Accolades