We believe there's somethingbetter than bigger.
The enormous overhead. The bureaucracy. Trust us, we know what big firms are about. Our partners have been head litigators and managing partners for some of the largest firms in the Northwest. When we founded Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, we set out to reinvent what a law firm could be, putting an emphasis on personal attention and efficiency for all our clients. Instead of swelling our ranks with expensive administrative and junior-level staff, we built a firm around the top trial attorneys in the business. Because when it comes down to it, your attorney makes the closing argument, not your law firm.
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). ...
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. ...
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).
Member, American Bar Association ...
“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.’”
Mr. Bageant – who advises and represents an equal number of plaintiffs and defendants – is a quick study with a restless curiosity for his clients and their situation. What sets his advice apart is his ability to take that insight, penetrate dense facts or rhetoric, and zero in on “the win” at the heart of any legal matter – from the simplest property dispute to the most complex bet-the-company multi-forum lawsuit. To that end, Mr. Bageant has tried cases for clients around the country, including to federal juries, arbitrators, and the United States International Trade Commission.
Mr. Bageant’s informed, matter-of-fact courtroom style reflects his professional philosophy in general. He believes his clients do not want a lawyer to work their legal problems – they want a lawyer to solve them, successfully and efficiently. Mr. Bageant does not believe in fighting for fighting’s sake, spending time or energy on expensive detours that are irrelevant to the ultimate outcome, or treating any two cases exactly alike. He believes that cases are won by thorough and early preparation, by learning more about the facts than the other side, its lawyers, or even the witnesses, and by making sure that every single task on behalf of a client contributes directly to a strategy that will produce the outcome it hired him for.
Mr. Bageant joined Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, PLLC, in 2016. Prior to ASWB, he was a 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.
Representative Plaintiff Cases
Represented 30 claimants, in separate, consolidated arbitrations, who were advised by their former investment advisor to place their retirement funds into a Ponzi scheme. Obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement for his clients that that vastly exceeded their expectations.
Negotiated pre-suit insurance settlement on behalf of the claimant in a six-figure casualty loss claim. Mr. Bageant’s presentation of the case and how he intended to litigate and try it resulted in a confidential settlement that exceeded policy limits.
Represented director and largest shareholder of $1 billion publicly-traded company in claims for fraud arising from its manipulation of quarterly financial data.
Represented claimant at seven-day patent and trade secret trial in the Court of the International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Prepared and rebutted thousands of pages of dispositive and post-hearing briefing.
On behalf of potential plaintiffs, among which are some of the world’s largest publicly-traded companies and best-known brands, Mr. Bageant has created numerous highly-confidential defensive patent infringement strategies, to be deployed on short notice in the event of litigation from market competitors.
Representative Defense Cases
Obtained complete victory in defense of medical insurance subcontractor from class-action litigation under ERISA and state law. Litigation strategy involved parallel actions in state and federal court; dispositive briefing by Mr. Bageant at the pleading stage resulted in a 46-page published opinion creating new law. The case was ultimately resolved by the Plaintiff paying money to Mr. Bageant’s client.
Defended the world’s largest online retailer against a nine-figure trademark infringement allegation, including obtaining a complete victory at 10-hour evidentiary hearing on preliminary injunction.
Defended the world’s largest commercial satellite manufacturer at three-week jury trial of a multibillion dollar patent infringement and trade secrets action. The action settled after verdict for less than five percent of the alleged damages.
Defended family of debtor from fraudulent transfer claims in multimillion dollar bankruptcy proceedings. Obtained dismissal of the bulk of claims with arguments that urged novel application of Washington State statutes.
Defended an Alaska Native Corporation in two-day arbitration arising from alleged wrongful termination. Obtained a complete victory, including a full award of discretionary attorney fees.
Articles & Publications
“‘Loser pays’ arrangement produces counterintuitive results.” Guest opinion. Idaho Statesman, February 14, 2017.
Law clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2010-2011.
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
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.
Alyson represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, mediation, and advice and counseling. She has counsel 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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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.
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.
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 ActivitiesSenior 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 Awards2009 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
Danny represents and counsels clients on a variety of complex civil litigation issues. Before joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, he served as a law clerk for Justice Warren E. Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court and to Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Prior to his judicial clerkships, he worked at the San Diego, California law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.
Danny attended Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief for the school’s administrative law journal (J. NAALJ), was a teaching assistant for the legal research and writing program, interned for a federal magistrate judge, and spent a summer at a civil defense firm in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A proud graduate of Pomona College, Danny played varsity football and threw the javelin for the track and field team (Go Sagehens!). In his free time, he enjoys stand up paddle boarding and exploring Idaho with his wife, two daughters and English bulldog.
Professional Activities:American Inn of Court No. 130 (Boise, Idaho), Associate
Kindra Hansen joined Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford after more than 14 years as in-house counsel for a large Boise-based office supply company, where she was responsible for strategy and defense of commercial and employment litigation as well as consumer class action suits. Through her experience as in-house counsel, Kindra developed a skilled hands-on approach toward litigation as both the plaintiff and defendant.Some of Kindra’s notable wins have included the recovery of over $500,000 under the computer fraud and abuse act, and protecting the company in numerous patent infringement cases. Prior to providing in-house counsel, Kindra was an associate and partner at a Boise law firm, where her practice focused on construction litigation and employment law. ...
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 WorkRepresented 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 & ActivitiesWashington State Bar Association American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section King County Bar Association Idaho Women Lawyers Girls on the Run, Running Buddy
AwardsRecognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage, 2012 - 2016
Publications and PresentationsSpeaker, 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
Our unique experience includes over $2 billion in litigation wins for our clients.
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