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Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford

It’s who we are. It’s all we do. We’ve handled some of the toughest, most complex business cases in the Northwest. We’ve mastered the art of persuasion with the court in pre-trial and with juries at trial. And because we represent both defendants and plaintiffs, we understand your opponents’ motivations and strategies—and what it takes to win.

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Steven Andersen

Steven Andersen has represented both plaintiffs and defendants as trial counsel in over 100 jury trials throughout Idaho, the Intermountain West, West Coast and Pacific Northwest regions. He is a recognized expert in products liability, professional liability, business tort, insurance claims, governmental liability and agriculture.

Steven has represented clients at trial in partnership dissolutions, prosecution and defense of patent infringement claims, product defect cases, royalty disputes, professional liability, insurance bad faith, and engineering and construction disputes.

Steven is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts for Idaho, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit.

He has extensive experience in contingent and alternative fee arrangements, general commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation (see below). ...

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Amanda Brailsford

For many years, Amanda has successfully represented clients in complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Her representation has included extremely complicated cases involving numerous parties and also multi-district class action litigation. Amanda has diverse expertise in numerous areas, including all aspects of employment law, trade secrets, agricultural law, products liability, bad faith insurance, professional legal malpractice, personal injury, business disputes, and state and federal antitrust violations. In addition to her trial work, Amanda has successfully handled many state and federal appeals.

Amanda’s overarching strength is her ability to master the facts and the applicable law of any dispute in order to bring about successful results as quickly as possible. She has been repeatedly recognized as a leading attorney in her legal community by Chambers USA. ...

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Aaron Chandler

Aaron has a diverse civil litigation practice representing individuals and businesses in many industries. He has litigated disputes involving fiduciary liability, contract interpretation and enforcement, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, foreclosure, guaranty enforcement and various other commercial issues.

Additionally, Aaron has represented diverse parties in internal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). On a pro bono basis, he has litigated cases involving wrongful conviction, housing discrimination and asylum. Prior to joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, Aaron was an associate in the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (2008–2013).

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association ...

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Patrick Bageant

“I felt about Patrick the way Apsley Cherry-Garrard felt about Shackleton, ‘if I’m in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time.’”

-Former Client

Mr. Bageant – who advises and represents an equal number of plaintiffs and defendants – has tried cases for clients around the country, including to federal juries, arbitrators, and the United States International Trade Commission. What sets him apart is his ability to penetrate dense facts or rhetoric and zero in on the win at the heart of any legal matter, be it a simple disagreement or a complex, bet-the-company, multi-forum lawsuit. Mr. Bageant does not engage in fighting for fighting’s sake, spend time or money on detours that are irrelevant to the ultimate outcome, or treat any two cases exactly alike. Rather, he believes that negotiations and lawsuits are won by “distinguishing what is important from what is merely interesting” and by early preparation with an eye to what actually matters.

Mr. Bageant joined Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, PLLC, in 2016. Prior to ASWB, he was a trial lawyer with the Seattle offices of Susman Godfrey, LLP, a federal Court of Appeals clerk, and a recipient of the Jamison Prize for scholarship and advocacy upon his graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Before law school, Mr. Bageant served as a municipal firefighter, advanced EMT, and helicopter rappeller with the United States Forest Service, where he participated in and led fire suppression and rescue missions across the western United States and received multiple Commendations for Merit.

When not negotiating, litigating, or trying cases for his clients, Mr. Bageant is an enthusiastic blues/rock/country guitar player, woodworker, archer, and student of politics, economics, and United States history. He also serves on various boards of Conservation Voters for Idaho, the Redside Foundation, and the Advisory Committee to the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. Mr. Bageant is also a confidential advisor to numerous public servants and political candidates, in Idaho and beyond.

Articles & Publications

“It’s time to rewrite Idaho’s non-compete laws, which are toxic to our economy,” Guest opinion. Idaho Statesman, July 26, 2017.

“‘Loser pays’ arrangement produces counterintuitive results.” Guest opinion. Idaho Statesman, February 14, 2017.

Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2010-2011.

Education

Juris Doctorate, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2010:

Recipient of the Jamison Prize for Scholarship and Advocacy

National finalist in the 2008 National Appellate Moot Court Competition; best oralist in 2009

McBaine Honors Moot Court finalist in 2009 and 2010

Distinguished with American Jurisprudence Awards in Appellate Advocacy, California Constitutional Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, and First Amendment Law, and Prosser Award in Criminal Law

Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, writing minor, University of Idaho, 2007:

Class of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences’ Distinguished Graduating Senior

Dean’s List

Sigma Tau Delta

Multi-year academic presenter at the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference

Honors and Distinctions in Public Service

Commendation for Merit by the United States Department of Agriculture for providing technical assistance in the successful swift-water rescue of four individuals entrapped in an underwater van in the Secesh River, Idaho

Commendation for Merit by the United States Department of Agriculture for providing life-saving emergency medical care to three individuals involved in a backcountry airplane crash at Big Creek, Idaho

Commendation for Merit by the United States Department of Agriculture for leadership as incident commander of emergency fire and rescue operations at the scene of a quadruple-fatality helicopter crash on the Salmon River, Idaho

Distinguished by the City of Moscow, Idaho, for exemplary service and leadership as a municipal firefighter and Advanced EMT

Professional Associations and Admissions

State Bar of California

Washington State Bar Association

Idaho State Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

American Bar Association, YLD

King County Judicial Selection Committee

Krassel, America, Alumni Association

*Legal ethics experts would hasten to point out, and Mr. Bageant would agree, that nothing on this page is a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter – but, if hired, he will certainly do his very best on your behalf.

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Alyson Foster

Alyson represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, mediation, and advice and counseling. She has counseled her clients and obtained relief for them in many areas: contracts, business disputes, fiduciary issues, trade secrets, insurance recovery, employment counseling, and employment disputes. Alyson also advises on employment policies, business contracts, and litigation risk management. ...

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Jason Rudd

Jason counsels clients on a variety of commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, he was an associate with Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While there, Jason represented national and local clients in a variety of litigated disputes ranging from personal injury and premises liability claims to complex construction and insurance coverage disputes.

Jason has also successfully negotiated favorable outcomes for individuals and businesses. And as part of the New Mexico Second Judicial District’s Volunteer Attorney Program, he offered pro bono legal services to individuals in property and landlord-tenant disputes.

In his free time, Jason enjoys exploring Idaho’s outdoors with his wife and two dogs.

Professional Activities:

American Bar Association, Member

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Benjamin Schwartzman

Benjamin Schwartzman conducts a diverse complex litigation practice that includes extensive involvement in high-value corporate defense, federal and state class actions, government agency enforcements and multi-plaintiff recovery suits. He has won numerous successful trial verdicts, settlement awards and procedural dismissals for multinational business actors, particularly within the field of agronomic and agricultural disputes. In the realm of consumer fraud, securities fraud, and antitrust and civil rights, Benjamin has prosecuted and defended class action claims of national significance. He has also directed and achieved the full vindication of rights for corporate officers, directors and high net-worth investors through the pursuit and defense of inter- and intra-entity recovery efforts.

Because of his distinguished track record, Benjamin was named a member of the class action “dream team” by a prominent national legal advocacy group. He has also been called a “rising star” of litigation by state bar publications. ...

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Jennifer Schrack Dempsey

Jennifer Schrack Dempsey serves as litigation counsel for individuals and companies of all sizes in all phases of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A substantial part of Jennifer’s business litigation practice involves business torts, contract disputes and employment litigation. Jennifer has also litigated several cases involving crop destruction, breach of fiduciary duty and derivative claims, to name a few.

Jennifer is frequently called upon to advise clients on their rights and obligations as partners and members of closely-held companies. She is also continually called upon to advise corporate clients on their rights and obligations as employers under federal and state laws and regulations. ...

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Wade Woodard

Wade Woodard is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases. His practice has focused on complex commercial litigation, bad faith insurance claims, land-use appeals, product liability claims, securities fraud and employment issues.

Wade has been top rated by his peers in Martindale Hubble with the rating of AV Preeminent. His trial work has attracted national attention—he procured a jury verdict of $63.5 million in 2007 and $52 million in 2011. These rank among the top 100 verdicts handed down by U.S. juries during those years. He also obtained a four million dollar jury verdict in 2010 on a Fair Housing Act claim, one of the largest recoveries in the history of the Act. In a related case, Wade obtained the dismissal of Boise County’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition.

Representative Work

Plaintiff Cases

Co-counsel in a breach of fiduciary duty case against St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center that resulted in a $63.5 million jury verdict. The case was appealed, reversed and retried to a second jury, resulting in a $52.5 million jury verdict.

Secured a $4 million jury verdict in his representation of a developer who sued the Boise County Board of Commissioners for violation of the Fair Housing Act for the commissioners’ failure to approve the development of a residential treatment center in the county. The $4 million jury verdict represents one of the largest awards in the history of the Act. Boise County declared bankruptcy based on its obligation to pay the judgment. On motion filed by the developer, the bankruptcy was dismissed, requiring the County to pay the judgment plus attorneys fees.

Secured a jury verdict for sugar beet growers who sued Amalgamated Sugar for the cooperative’s failure to repurchase growers’ shares. The case was won based on the co-op’s violation of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Represented Weyehaeuser and its subsidiaries in several bad faith insurance claims against A.I.G., the Hartford and Travelers.

Represented a large ranching enterprise in its efforts to overturn land-use decisions authorizing a nuclear power plant.

Represented the largest producer of automatic motorcycle clutches in connection with patent infringement/business tort lawsuit.

Successfully represented a developer in a business tort lawsuit against Bank of America.

Defense Cases

Represented the owner of an exclusive mountain resort in a business dispute involving claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and collusion with an international bank accused of predatory lending practices.

Represented Shilo Inn in various business disputes.

Represented Agrium, Inc., in various product liability cases.

Represented Tamarack Resort in a $250 million foreclosure proceeding and related litigation.

Serves as Counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its Idaho cases.

Defended products liability and construction defect claims in over 20 states, while serving as national litigation counsel for a global leader in engineered wood products.

Pro Bono Cases

Served as a CASA volunteer attorney representing the guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children.

Professional Activities

Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Past Vice-Chair, Litigation Section of the Idaho State Bar Member, American Bar Association Member, Federal Bar Association

Honors and Awards

2009 inductee into the Litigation Counsel of America Named in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010 AV Preeminent peer rating by Martindale Hubbel, 2010-2017 Named in Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2012-2017 Named in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2017

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Haley Krug

Haley Krug is an accomplished business litigator and trial lawyer who focuses her practice on insurance recovery for policyholders. She has successfully litigated insurance coverage disputes under the full range of first- and third-party commercial coverages, including general liability, management liability, professional liability, and business property. Haley also regularly assists municipalities with disputes arising under public entity coverages, and has experience pursuing insurance claims both for and against member-owned risk management and self-insurance pools. She regularly speaks to industry groups and writes on insurance coverage topics.

In addition to her insurance recovery work, Haley routinely litigates construction defect claims, commercial real estate disputes, and other complex business cases, and has experience trying personal injury claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

A former NCAA track and field athlete, Haley enjoys running and hiking in the Boise foothills and exploring the outdoors with her family.

Representative Work

Represented Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) in a vigorous court battle related to property insurance coverage for the tunnel boring machine that recently completed its dig as part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project in Seattle. Over months of litigation, Haley helped STP’s legal team defeat the insurers’ numerous attempts – at both the superior court and appellate levels – to move the dispute to New York. The case will now be decided locally, in the community the project serves. Represented a large, multi-employer pension fund in complex, multi-party construction defect litigation that ended in trial. The court awarded significant damages to repair leaks and resulting water damage throughout a multi-million dollar construction site. Haley and her colleagues also obtained substantial recoveries for the building owners through pre-trial settlements. When a client suffered a significant environmental release and was required to clean it up, Haley helped the family-owned business recover over $500,000 from a commercial general liability insurance policy via summary judgment rulings in superior court. Successfully represented a real estate investment company’s CEO in insurance litigation taking place in federal bankruptcy court, obtaining coverage for the individual’s defense over the objection of the company’s insurers.

Professional Organizations & Activities

Washington State Bar Association American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section King County Bar Association Idaho Women Lawyers Girls on the Run, Running Buddy

Awards

Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage, 2012 - 2016

Publications and Presentations

Speaker, D&O and E&O Insurance: Available Coverages and Recurring Issues, 2nd Annual Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference, The Seminar Group, 2015 Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Employment Related Claims, 17th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, The Seminar Group, 2014 Speaker, Finding Insurance Coverage When the Employment Relationship Goes Wrong, Handling Challenging Employees, The Seminar Group, 2014 Speaker, Learn to Examine Your Commercial Property Policy, WSBA Continuing Legal Education Annual Construction Law Midyear, 2012

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Our unique experience includes over $2 billion in litigation wins for our clients.

  • Agribusiness
  • Antitrust/Unfair Business Practices
  • Commercial Litigation
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