Mark Shelton F. Williams is a fourth-generation Montanan and third-generation Montana lawyer. He was raised in Missoula and graduated from Middlebury College in 1987. Mark worked for two years in New York's financial district and then returned to attend The University of Montana School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Montana Law Review and was elected Graduate of the Year by the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi. He received his J.D. degree with honors in 1992.
Following law school Mark served as a federal judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, before returning to Missoula to start his practice that today includes civil trials and appeals, medical malpractice defense, insurance coverage issues and commercial litigation. He has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts and earned the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell. He has taught future lawyers as adjunct professor of insurance law at The University of Montana School of Law and served on the boards and as president of both the Montana Justice Foundation and the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association and a selected member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Mark has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, and has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Susan Moriarity Miltko has been an attorney with the firm since 1995. She is a fourth-generation Montanan who was raised in Missoula and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and international relations.
From 1991 to 1992 she served as a Jesuit volunteer teaching school to multiple disabled children in Mobile, Alabama. She then attended Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, receiving her J.D. degree in 1995. While in law school, Susan served as an Articles Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review, which published her article on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. She also served as an intern in the American Dental Association's Department of Legal Affairs.
Susan's areas of practice include general negligence and tort litigation, professional malpractice, construction litigation, commercial litigation, governmental liability and defense of insurance bad faith.
Susan is active in several community organizations. She is the 2012 president of the board of directors for Watson Children's Shelter, serves on the Missoula Catholic Schools Advisory Council and is a member of the finance committee at St. Francis Xavier Church. She previously served as president of the Montana State Bar New Lawyers Section, and on the board of directors for Spirit at Play Early Child Education Program.
Nicholas J. Pagnotta is a fourth-generation Montanan specializing in complex civil litigation, including professional liability, products liability, construction defect, insurance coverage, trucking liability, personal injury and wrongful death. He grew up in Bozeman and Billings and received a B.S. from Montana State University, and his J.D. from The University of Montana in 2003. During law school he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and was a law clerk at Williams Law Firm. After law school Nick practiced in San Diego, where he focused on insurance litigation and real estate errors and omissions defense. He returned to Montana in 2007.
Nick is admitted to the state bars of Montana and California, the U.S. District Courts of Montana and Southern California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Nick has tried numerous cases in California and Montana, and has appeared and argued appeals before the Montana Supreme Court and the federal Ninth Circuit.
Nick serves on the board of directors for the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers and is an active member of Defense Research Institute. He enjoys skiing, camping, backpacking and traveling with his family.
Tammy Wyatt Shaw earned her B.S.B.A., with honors, from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate, with high honors, from The University of Montana in 1994. Tammy has spent more than 17 years representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation in Montana state and federal courts, both at the district and appellate levels, with an emphasis on personal injury and wrongful death cases, employment litigation and insurance coverage. She is admitted to the State Bar of Montana, as well as the U.S. District Court of Montana and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; she is BV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Tammy also is past president of the Western Montana Bar Association and the Missoula Food Bank. Currently, in 2012, she serves on the board of trustees to the state bar and is an active member of the Defense Research Institute. She enjoys watching the trout rise with her husband, Graeme, from their homes on the Bitterroot River in Montana and the Calcurrupe River near Llifen, Chile.
Amanda Zitzka Duman is an attorney with Williams Law Firm whose areas of practice include general negligence and tort litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense and defense of insurance bad faith.
Raised in Helena, Montana, Amanda graduated from The University of Montana with a B.A. in English literature and a Secondary Educator's License. After graduation, Amanda taught American literature in Coventry, England, and then taught English at Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona. She returned to Montana and earned her J.D. degree from The University of Montana in 2004. During law school she interned at Montana Legal Services, assisting clients with landlord/tenant and family law issues. Amanda also clerked with Williams Law Firm and joined as an associate upon her admission to practice in the state and federal courts of Montana.
Amanda is a member of the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.
James D. Johnson joined Williams Law Firm in 2004 shortly after his admittance to the bar (Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana). His areas of practice include personal injury, employment law, construction defects litigation, insurance law, motor vehicle litigation and appellate practice.
James was born in Helena, Montana, and attended The University of Montana. He received his B.A. degree in 2000 and his J.D. degree in 2004. During law school he was the Executive Editor of the Montana Law Review 2003-2004 and interned for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
James regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on topics including independent medical examinations, prevention of attorney malpractice and medical records review. He is a member of both the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.
Peter Ivins grew up in northern Utah and graduated in 2006 from Utah State University. He received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Montana in 2013. Between his university and legal studies, he worked in the real estate and service industries in Salt Lake City and Big Sky, Montana.
During law school Peter clerked for Williams Law Firm and was an editor of the Montana Law Review; he also interned with U.S. District Court Chief Judge Dana L. Christensen. Peter is admitted to the Montana State Bar and the U.S. District Court of Montana. His practice focuses on general civil litigation and insurance-related matters.
Peter enjoys golfing, skiing and fly-fishing throughout Montana.
Shelton C. "Mike" Williams is a third-generation Montanan and graduated with an A.B. degree in English literature from Dartmouth College in 1963. At The University of Montana School of Law, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Montana Law Review. He received his J.D. degree cum laude in 1966.
Mike worked as a law clerk on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco before returning to Missoula. He taught courses in insurance law and remedies as an adjunct professor at UM Law School. He has served on the board of directors of the Montana Bar Association and the board of trustees of the State Bar of Montana. He was president of the Montana Association of Defense Counsel. He was a member of the Defense Research Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel, and was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mike retired from full-time practice in 2008 and serves as an Of Counsel member of the firm.