Beck & Amsden, pllc

Western Montana Personal Injury Attorneys

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Firm Overview

If you have been harmed as the result of wrongdoing or negligence by another, let us help you. Beck & Amsden, PLLC is known and respected throughout Montana as a law firm with the ability, integrity, and strength to represent your interests. We are committed to helping you because we are committed to making society safer and holding wrongdoers accountable for everyone's benefit.

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Founded in 1982, the Beck Law Office has consistently expanded as a result of our dedicated efforts to help our clients face the system and win. Today, we are Beck & Amsden, PLLC with four trial lawyers, a dedicated research attorney and top-notch paralegals and support staff dedicated to helping our clients achieve compensation for physical and financial injuries.

We have gained a reputation for handling highly visible, tough cases that have resulted in better treatment for individuals under the law:

-We restored millions of dollars in retirement benefits for hundreds of Montana retirees whose employer had wrongfully used their pension money for its own benefit.

-We effected change in statewide hospital practices after an emergency room's failure to give a $25 vaccination left a fifteen-year old boy dead.

-We have forced corporate polluters of Montana property to compensate landowners for their losses through environmental litigation.

-We obtained one of the largest jury awards in Montana history from a corporate tire manufacturer who refused to warn thousands of Montana customers that the retread tires the defendant was selling were not safe for all uses.

-We have forced corporate defendants to provide information about other accidents and injuries caused by their products in product liability cases.

-We won an appeal limiting a defendant's ability to put on an "empty chair defense," in which the defendant attempts to blame the plaintiff's injuries on someone who is not there to defend himself and who will not compensate the plaintiff if found liable.

-We won a ruling securing the right of Montana parents to be compensated for the loss of their adult children through the wrongful conduct of another.

=We represented a rural Montanan who contracted HIV from an unscreened blood transfusion while visiting family in Oregon. The case garnered nationwide attention, with attorney Monte Beck appearing on programs such as the CBS News Show, NBC Dateline and the PBS Frontline series.

-We have obtained wrongfully withheld insurance benefits and called the insurance companies to account for their conduct.

If you've been the victim of pension fraud, pollution damage (environmental litigation), exposure to toxic substances, medical malpractice, hospital negligence, defective products (product liability), unsafe automobile features, an aviation crash, automobile accident or insurance bad faith, talk to our lawyers about how we can help. In all of our practice areas, the consultation is free and you will owe nothing unless we collect damages on your behalf.

For aggressive, effective representation, contact the personal injury trial attorneys at Beck & Amsden, PLLC in Bozeman, Montana. We have the knowledge and experience it takes to demand fair and reasonable treatment for all of our clients.
Main Office

Main Office
1946 Stadium Drive, Suite 1
Bozeman  MT  59715

Phone
  • 406-586-8700
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Personal Injury
Bozeman Personal Injury and Insurance Bad Faith Attorneys
Handling Cases Throughout Montana
It can be difficult to face corporations, insurance companies, hospitals, automobile manufacturers, corporate polluters, and government agencies in a court of law. At the Bozeman firm of Beck & Amsden, PLLC, our lawyers routinely negotiate and litigate bad faith insurance, hospital malpractice, work injuries, environmental pollution, and all other types of claims against large organizations. Our success means you receive the justice and compensation you need and deserve.

Don't Face the System Alone
Contact Our Montana Trial Lawyers
In Bozeman, Missoula, Butte, Billings, Helena and throughout Montana, our trial lawyers have a well-earned reputation for tackling the tough cases:

Insurance Bad Faith Attorneys
Insurance companies can save money by not paying your claims. If the insurance company does not have a reasonable basis for the way it handles your claim, this is called "insurance bad faith." If you've had a claim denied, talk to us about the circumstances. We'll get a copy of the policy, review it, and make sure the insurance company is not acting in bad faith.

Wrongful Death Attorneys for People Throughout Montana
If you have lost a loved one to another's negligence, medical malpractice, a defective product, an unsafe vehicle or some other type of accident, call us.
Defective Product Attorneys in Bozeman, Livingston, Billings, Helena, and the Rest of Montana
Defective products can cause serious injury and wrongful death. If someone in your family was injured, call for a free consultation.

Cases Involving Motor Vehicle Accidents
Automobile Accidents : If you or a loved one were injured in an automobile accident and it was the other driver's fault, let us help you.

Single-vehicle Accidents : Even if there was no other car involved, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of the automobile for unsafe vehicle features, against the State of Montana for unsafe roadways, or against a premises owner for unsafe conditions near the road.
Unsafe Automobiles : If you or a loved one were injured because of a defective accelerator, throttle control system, roll bar, tire, air bags, seat belt, brakes or other defective automobile feature, we can help you.

-Sudden Unintended Acceleration : If you were driving a vehicle that accelerated suddenly and without your input, you may have trouble getting anyone to listen. We will.

-Aviation Liability : If an aviation accident was caused by a defective part on an airplane or helicopter, call the aviation liability attorneys at Beck & Amsden, PLLC.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving All of Montana
The Beck & Amsden, PLLC, law firm has nearly three decades of experience handling personal injury and malpractice cases, including:

-Hospital Liability : When a hospital assures patients they will receive high-quality care, we will hold it to those standards. If you or someone you love were injured during a stay at a hospital, malpractice may have occurred.

-Medical Malpractice : When the decisions of a doctor, nurse or medical facility cause life-changing injuries, the medical provider needs to be held responsible. Talk to our law firm.
Medication Errors : Whether or not the drug was "approved" by the FDA, medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies can be held liable if the medication is prescribed negligently or without adequate warning as to its risks, if it is administered improperly, or if it is carelessly dosed.

-Emergency Room Errors : If a hospital, doctor, or nurse failed to take action, or took the wrong action, and you or a loved one were injured or died, contact one of our Montana emergency room errors lawyer to tell us about your case.
Environmental Law
If you live in Bozeman, Missoula, Butte, Billings, Helena, Big Sky, Kalispell, or any other Montana community, our environmental law trial lawyers are ready to consult with you about your water or land contamination case involving hazardous waste and toxic substances. You do not have to face the polluter alone. We will be there with you fighting for your rights and interests.

-Pollution Damage : If business pollution affects the water on your property, talk to a lawyer about recovering damages. When family members have illnesses caused by groundwater pollution, you need an attorney who will fight for your rights.

-Toxic Exposure : If pollution on your property or in your water or toxic substances at your workplace have affected your health, talk to a lawyer about recovering damages.
Workplace Related Injuries
Workers' Compensation Insurance : If you were injured on the job and your employer's workers' compensation insurer is giving you a hard time, we will help you do something about it.

-Worksite Accidents : When construction and other job sites are unsafe for employees and cause costly and debilitating injuries, we stand up against the employers or contractors who put profits over safety.

Monte D. Beck

Monte Beck, the principal partner in Beck & Amsden, PLLC, grew up in Anaconda, Montana, working summers on ranches and graduating from high school in 1971. Monte attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. While at law school at the University of Montana, Monte served on the Editorial Board of the Montana Law Review and worked part time for the law firm of Garlington, Lohn and Robinson in Missoula, Montana. Upon graduation in 1979, he served as a U.S. District Court law clerk for two years with the Honorable Paul G. Hatfield, United States District Judge in Great Falls, Montana. He traveled with Judge Hatfield throughout the western United States, Hawaii and the Mariana Islands, including Guam and Saipan, where the court adjudicated disputes arising out of the Territorial Islands. After being exposed to a wide range of litigation practices as law clerk to the District Court, Monte decided on a career as a trial lawyer.

In January 1982, Monte opened the Beck Law Office in Bozeman, Montana. The emphasis of his practice was the representation of injured workers, consumers and employees. Shortly thereafter, he was asked by the District Court Judge to serve as one of Gallatin County's two Public Defenders, an invaluable experience for a courtroom lawyer. In 1986, he was invited to serve as a member on the Board of Directors of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. In 1990, Monte was awarded the Montana Trial Lawyers Association's Public Service Award. In 1991, Monte was a recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association for his representation of clients, the outstanding results achieved in the courtroom, and the pursuit of difficult cases. In 1993, he served as President of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. In 2001 and 2002, he served as President of the prestigious Montana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This organization is limited to a small group of plaintiff and defense lawyers whose civil trial experience and integrity are recognized as outstanding. Monte is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a sustaining member of the Montana and American Trial Lawyers Associations and a member of the Montana State Bar. Monte and the firm of Beck & Amsden, PLLC have received the highest available ethical and legal skill rating as determined by fellow attorneys and judges. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of personal injury litigation. He is admitted before the Montana District Courts, the U.S. District Courts in Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court where he has successfully represented injured railroad workers.

Monte is a frequent lecturer at Universities, the University of Montana Law School and legal seminars. Monte has represented numerous individuals in high profile cases. For example, he represented the Plaintiff in Jones v. American Red Cross, where a rural Montanan contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion while in a Portland hospital. He has appeared on national television including PBS, the CBS Morning Program and NBC Dateline. He was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to co-represent the State of Montana in the tobacco litigation suit that resulted in a $900 million settlement on behalf of the State of Montana. His firm was one of ten Montana law firms chosen as local counsel for the State. Recent jury awards include a $2.2 million verdict on behalf of a victim sexually assaulted by a businessman; an $8 million wrongful death verdict for a defective tire; a $1.3 million medical negligence jury award; a $4.1 million settlement on behalf of lumber mill employees who lost their retirement after mill closure; and a $3.2 million wrongful death judgment on behalf of a tribal member while working as a sawyer under a Bureau of Indiana Affairs contract. Monte represents clients not only through trials of their cases, but also at the highest appellant level including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Monte is dedicated to the mission statement of the firm which is to zealously and competently represent individuals who have been injured, victimized or damaged as the result of the wrongdoing of corporations, insurance companies or the government.

Monte and his wife of 30 years, Kate, have two children. For recreation, Monte loves to spend time skiing the peaks surrounding Bozeman or the Chugach mountain range of Alaska. During the summer you will find him on the water at Flathead Lake, on a hike in Glacier Park, or tending his cherry orchard in the Flathead Valley.

Education:
-University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
Law Review: Montana Law Review, Editorial Board

-University of Montana, 1975
B.S.
Major: Psychology

John L. Amsden

John L. Amsden is a 1988 honors graduate of Georgetown University Law School, where he served as Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Beginning in 1988, John practiced law in Los Angeles, California, where his practice concentrated on litigation and trial of complex business disputes. John has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in partnership disputes, federal and state securities litigation, accounting malpractice and insurance coverage disputes. John has had significant responsibility in several matters growing out of the failure of large municipal and corporate organizations, including the historic municipal bankruptcy and subsequent multi billion dollar litigation arising out of the 1994 bankruptcy filing of the County of Orange, California. John also has significant experience in the litigation and trial of commercial real estate, environmental, civil rights and land use disputes. His transactional experience includes the negotiation and sale of real and personal properties located in Singapore and Malaysia, and the accompanying return of investor capital to the United States.
After practicing law successfully as a partner in a specialized litigation firm in Los Angeles, John and his family chose to return home to Montana. John returns to the firm where he previously worked as a law clerk during his undergraduate studies.
John is admitted to practice in the State of Montana, as well as the federal courts in Montana and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. John was born and raised in Eastern Montana and graduated from Powder River County High School in 1979 and from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984.

John is an active marathon runner with a beautiful wife, four children, and an abundant vegetable garden.
Areas of Practice:
-Personal Injury - Plaintiff
-Complex Business Litigation
-Litigation
-Car Accident Injuries
-Slip & Falls
-Employment Law - Employee Focused
-Medical Malpractice
-Legal Malpractice
-Rail Road Injuries
-Aviation Liability
-Workers' Compensation
-Bad Faith Insurance
-Toxic Exposure

Bar Admissions:
-Montana, 1993
-California, 1988
-U.S. District Court District of Montana
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court Montana
-U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education:
-Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988
--Honors: Honors
--Law Journal: Georgetown Law Journal, Administrative Editor
-Montana State University, 1984
--B.S.
--Major: Civil Engineering

Lindsay C. Beck

Lindsay Beck, a native Montanan from Bozeman, interned at the American Civil Liberties Union legal office while a law student. Her studies concentrated on negligence law, product liability, insurance and environmental law, interests she pursues in her practice at the Beck firm. Ms. Beck is a member of the Montana State Bar and co-chair of the Public Communications Committee of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Beck also teaches an Honors Literature Class and Constitutional Law at Montana State University.

Lindsay enjoys being outside and experiencing all the amazing scenery Montana has to offer. She loves to ski and hike and spends her free summer afternoons in her garden. Along with exploring the great outdoors, Lindsay also finds herself in the classroom, teaching occasionally as an adjunct professor at Montana State University.

Ms. Beck is a member of the Montana State and Federal Bar.

Areas of Practice:
-Personal Injury - Plaintiff
-Environmental Law
-Negligence
-Product Liability
-Medical Malpractice
-Litigation
-Insurance Bad Faith

Bar Admissions:
-Montana, 2009
-U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2009

Education:
-University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
--J.D.
-Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA, 2005
--B.A.
--Honors: University Honors Program
--Major: English Literature
-Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - 2013
-The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 (2013)

Past Employment Positions:
-Montana American Civil Liberties Union, Intern, 2008 - 2009
Education
  • University of Montana School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Justin P. Staples

Justin Stalpes has experience in complex civil litigation, including environmental contamination, medical malpractice, products liability, and pharmaceutical litigation. He serves as a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Amicus Committee, which writes legal briefs to the Montana Supreme Court on the behalf of consumers and injured persons. Mr. Stalpes also participates in the local pro bono program, representing individuals who are unable to afford an attorney. During law school, Mr. Stalpes served on the Montana Law Review and Montana Moot Court Team and graduated second in his class. During law school, Mr. Stalpes interned with Federal Magistrate Judge Lynch. Mr. Stalpes has co-taught US Constitutional Law at Montana State University.

Justin is an avid outdoorsman who thrives on being in the mountains whether on skis, a mountain bike, or hiking. His loyal companion, Bernice the Newfoundland, is never far behind. Justin is active in the Bozeman community, volunteering for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust doing trail maintenance in the summer time.

Mr. Stalpes is a member of the Montana State and Federal Bar. He is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice:
-Personal Injury - Plaintiff
-Products Liability
-Worker's Compensation
-Medical Malpractice
-Environmental Law
-Litigation
-Insurance Bad Faith

Bar Admissions:
-Montana, 2009
-U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2009

Education:
-University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana, 2009
--J.D.
-Law Journal: Montana Law Review, 2008 - 2009
-University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, USA
--B.A.
--Major: Film and Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - 2013
Education
  • University of Montana School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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