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Mark M. Kovacich

Partner Attorney, Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, PC

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

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 Claims, environmental litigation, serious personal injury, products liability, workers' 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.

Education

  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana: J.D., With Honors, Law Review: Public Land & Resources Law Review, 1997 - 1999
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana: B.S. - 1996. With Honors, Major: Environmental Engineering

Noteworthy Verdicts

  • $41.2M - Sunburst v. Texaco, 2004
  • $36M - Livingston v. BNSF, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • MTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2005 & 2019
  • MTLA Appellate Advocate of the Year, 2008 and 2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star 2008, 2011 and 2012
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top One Percent, 2015-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-Present, Board Member since 2012, President 2019-2020
  • American Association for Justice, 2000 - Present, Montana State Delegate, 2017 - 2019, Member of Board of Governors, 2019-Present
  • State Bar of Montana, 1999 - Present
  • Cascade County Bar Association, 2000 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyer Representative, 2017 - 2019

Bard Admissions

  • Montana, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Classes/Seminars

  • Environmental Torts and Damages, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Seminar of the Masters' Remedies in Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Safe Place to Work Litigation, Montana Trial Lawyers Association Winter Seminar, 2010
  • Pretrial Tactics and the Use of Experts, Montana Trial Lawyers Association Fall Seminar, 2011
“The court room is the only place where people have a level playing field with the most powerful and wealthy interests.”
~ Mark Kovacich

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.

$41,200,000.00
Jury Verdict for Environmental Contamination

The firm represented several property owners in Sunburst, Montana, against Texaco for causing large scale pollution in the community as a result of historic refinery operations. After a month-long tr...

$36,000,000.00
Soil and Groundwater Contamination

We represented the City of Livingston and over 100 property owners against the railroad for causing soil and groundwater pollution in Livingston during historic railroad operations. After two weeks i...

$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...

$13,750,000.00
Traumatic Brain Injury

Our client suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when a faulty and improperly maintained parking barrier fell onto his head. After extensive litigation, including significant insurance coverage di...

Awards / Accolades