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 currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Law. He has served on the boards and as president of 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). Mark has served as the Montana president of ABOTA, which is a an invitation-only organization for senior trial attorneys with extensive jury trial experience.
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 Ninth Circuit. He has received the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell. Nick manages the Bozeman office.
Nick has served on the board of directors and is currently an officer for the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers, and he is an active member of Defense Research Institute. He enjoys skiing, camping, backpacking and traveling with his family.
Amanda was raised in Helena, Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A in English and Secondary Education in 2000 and received her J.D. in 2004 from the University of Montana School of Law. During law school she clerked at Williams Law Firm and also interned at Montana Legal Services representing clients in family law matters. Amanda’s practice includes construction defect litigation, personal injury, wrongful discharge, insurance coverage, general negligence and tort litigation as well as commercial litigation. She is admitted to the State Bar of Montana and the U.S. District Court of the District of Montana.
Amanda is a member of the Women’s Law Section of the Montana State Bar and has been an active participant in the Women’s Law Caucus mentorship program. Amanda is a member of the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and has represented clients in all aspects of civil litigation.
Outside the office, Amanda enjoys skiing and spending time with her family.
Jim D. Johnson joined Williams Law Firm in 2004 shortly after his admittance to the bar (Montana, U.S. District Court, District of Montana and Ninth Circuit). His areas of practice include personal injury, employment law, construction defects litigation, insurance law, motor vehicle litigation and appellate practice.
Jim grew up 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.
Jim regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on topics including independent medical examinations, witness and deposition preparation, and medical records review. He is a member of both the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.
Peter grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from Utah State University. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 2013. Between 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 the U.S. District Court in Missoula. Peter is admitted to the State Bar of Montana and the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. His areas of practice include general negligence and tort litigation, professional liability, and insurance-related matters.
Peter enjoys fly-fishing, rafting, and skiing throughout Montana.
Alex grew up in eastern Montana. Alex attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he played baseball for four years. He received his B.S. in Business Administration in 2011 and received his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law, graduating with honors, in 2014. While in law school, Alex interned for the Office of the Federal Defender and clerked for Williams Law Firm. After law school, Alex practiced in Bismarck, North Dakota, in a regional firm's litigation department.
Alex is admitted to the bars of Montana and North Dakota, and he is a member of the Defense Research Institute. His practice primarily focuses on litigation related matters.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys the outdoors.
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.
Hilde was raised in Great Falls, Montana. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Montana in 1987. Hilde started her legal career in 1987, and joined our firm in 1990. She achieved her National Paralegal Certification in 1993. She has extensive experience in civil litigation including medical malpractice and personal injury cases.
Amanda grew up in Seattle Washington and moved to Missoula in 1994. She graduated from the University of Montana and after a brief move back to Seattle she returned to Missoula and was hired as a paralegal by Williams Law Firm in 2001. Amanda enjoys back country horseback riding and spending time with her family.