Billings Office
550 North 31st Suite 200
Billings, MT 59101
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Paul D. Odegaard

Partner Attorney, Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, PC

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

Biography

Paul Odegaard, a North Dakota native, came to Montana in 1999 to begin his legal career in private practice. Prior to earning his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1998, Paul graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota in 1994. While attending law school, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, which reflected his achievement for graduating in the top 10% of his class. After graduating from law school, Paul served as a law clerk for the Justice Mary Muehlen Maring of the North Dakota Supreme Court for one year. From there, he began working for the Crowley Fleck firm in Billings, Montana, where he handled civil litigation cases-primarily in the fields of personal injury and workers' compensation.

Committed to Helping Clients

In 2001, Paul joined the firm Cozzens, Warren & Harris, where he focused primarily on representing plaintiffs in personal injury, product liability, workers' compensation and safe workplace litigation cases. In 2005, the firm became Cozzens, Harman, Warren, Harris & Odegaard, PLLP. In 2008, Paul started his own practice and continued to focus on helping people deal with the devastating effects of physical injuries or wrongful death - whether caused by a workplace accident, defective products, or the negligence of others. Having spent much of his youth near the Bakken oil fields of the Williston Basin, he became particularly committed to representing victims of workplace injury in that region.

In 2019, Paul merged his law practice with his friend and colleague, A.J. Miller-forming Odegaard Miller Law, PLLC. In 2020, Paul and A.J. merged their firm with their respected colleagues, Mark Kovacich and Ben Snipes to create Odegaard Kovacich Snipes. The firm has grown to include a larger staff of attorneys who all have a shared philosophy: to do what is right by the client. The firm, with a combined legal experience of 100+ years, has offices across Montana, and represents clients statewide.

Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota: J.D.- 1998
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota: with Honors- 1994

Bar Admission

  • Montana

Best Lawyer Profile

“I grew up learning that trust is the most important thing. If I have earned that with a client then I've succeeded.”
~ Paul Odegaard

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...

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