Mark Shelton F. Williams is a fourth-generation Montanan and third-generation Montana lawyer. He was raised in Missoula and graduated from Middlebury College. Mark worked for two years in New York's financial district and then graduated with honors from 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.
Following law school Mark served as a federal judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver. He returned to Missoula to start his own practice that today includes civil trials and appeals, medical malpractice defense, products liability, insurance coverage issues and commercial litigation. He has successfully tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts and earned the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected to the International Association of Defense Counsel, selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, and elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mark has served as the Montana president of ABOTA, which is an invitation-only organization for senior trial attorneys with extensive jury trial experience.
In addition, Mark has taught future lawyers as adjunct professor of insurance law at the University of Montana School of Law, and currently serves on the school’s Advisory Board. He was recently selected to the Providence St. Patrick Hospital board of directors and previously served on the boards of the Montana Justice Foundation, Montana Defense Trial Lawyers and Missoula Catholic Schools.
Susan Moriarity Miltko 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 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, insurance coverage and defense of insurance bad faith. She has successfully tried many cases in state and federal courts.
Susan is active in several community organizations. She has served on the board of directors for Watson Children's Shelter, Missoula Catholic Schools (currently chairperson), Montana State Bar New Lawyers Section (president) and the finance committee at St. Francis Xavier Church. In addition she is an active member of the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association. Susan enjoys spending time with her family – especially when that includes skiing, hiking and entertaining.
Nicholas J. Pagnotta is a fourth-generation Montanan specializing in complex civil litigation, including professional liability, product liability, construction defect, insurance coverage and litigation, trucking liability, and personal injury and wrongful death. He grew up in Bozeman and Billings, and received a B.S. from Montana State University. He received his J.D. from the University of Montana in 2003. During law school he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and clerked 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, Southern California and North Dakota, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. Nick has tried numerous cases in California and throughout Montana, and has appeared and argued appeals before the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit on behalf of parties and as amicus counsel. He has received the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell. Nick manages the firm’s Bozeman office.
Nick has served on the board of directors and is currently the President of the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers. He is actively involved in the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and has been selected as a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.
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 has received the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell.
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 Johnson joined Williams Law Firm in 2004 shortly after his admittance to the bars of the state of Montana, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His areas of practice include insurance law, personal injury, employment law, construction defect litigation, products liability and appellate practice.
Jim grew up in Helena, Montana, and attended the University of Montana. He received his B.A. with majors in political science and art 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 that include 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.
In his free time he enjoys time with his wife and son, especially when they’re outside enjoying the plethora of recreational activities Montana offers.
Peter Ivins, who grew up in Salt Lake City, received his B.A. from Utah State University, and in 2013 his J.D. with honors from the University of Montana School of Law. While in law school, Peter was an editor of the Montana Law Review and a law clerk at Williams Law Firm. He did his clinical internship 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
Today Peter specializes in civil litigation, including premises liability, professional liability, construction defect, trucking liability and insurance coverage matters.
Peter is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Western Montana Bar Association and the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers. In his free time he enjoys fly-fishing, rafting and skiing throughout Montana.
Alex Tsomaya grew up in eastern Montana. He attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he played baseball for four years and received a B.S. in business administration in 2011. In 2014 Alex received his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law, graduating with honors. 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.
Alex handles complex coverage matters in state and federal courts, and has litigated coverage cases in both Montana and North Dakota. Alex’s coverage experience includes CGL commercial business liability insurance, homeowner’s insurance, motor vehicle coverage and first-party claims, stacking litigation, disability insurance, advance payment litigation and ERISA employee pension fund law. In addition to his coverage work, Alex has defended bad faith and Unfair Trade Practices Act claims. Alex’s practice also involves civil litigation – including personal injury litigation, construction litigation and aviation litigation. Alex’s trial experience includes to jury verdict.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys the outdoors.
Nate Ellis grew up in Santa Cruz, California. After high school, Nate attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as crew chief on aerial refueling aircraft. In 2004 he graduated with a B.S. in professional aeronautics with minors in business administration and aviation safety. And, while in school, he gained his FAA Private Pilot and A&P Mechanic licenses.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Nate worked primarily in the defense and aviation industries. In 2010 he had the opportunity to move to Missoula, Montana, to work for Neptune Aviation as a crew chief on its legacy and next-generation aerial firefighting aircraft.
Nate then attended the University of Montana School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2016 with high honors. While in law school Nate clerked for Williams Law Firm and participated in the judicial clinic with the United States District Court in Missoula. Nate is admitted to the State Bar of Montana and the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.
In his free time Nate enjoys camping with his family, riding and repairing motorcycles, and golfing.
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.