Paoli Kutzman, P.C. is a law firm in Missoula and Great Falls, Montana. We represent working people and small businesses. David Paoli of our firm is one of the United Transportation Union’s Designated Legal Counsel. Our practice is statewide. We handle injury and many other kinds of cases on a contingent fee (no recovery, no fee) basis.
In a recent closing argument, David explained our firm’s view of justice to the jury as follows:
We started this trial at the Holiday Inn ballroom. And now we’re here in this glorious courtroom. And the point that I want to make is, it doesn’t matter the venue where justice is finally determined. It’s you folks that determine justice. During this trial I have had the occasion to look at the mural behind the judge. Freedom, equality and justice. And those virtues, I know, are very dear to all of us. And I don’t know if the metaphor will be apt because I don’t want to demean those great virtues. But it’s as if they are a three-legged stool. And without one the stool doesn’t stand.
But now, we’re at justice. We can’t be free unless we’re equal. We can’t have justice unless we’re free. They’re interdependent. But now we’re here with justice. And I have heard a lot, and we all have, about preserving our freedom. And if it’s good enough to fight for, then we should fight for it. And we should do everything that we can do to fight for it . . . .
With justice, I have now learned you have to fight for it. You have to fight for it just as hard as you fight for freedom. You have to fight for it because professionals won’t do their job to do the investigation they are duty bound to do. . . . No. Justice needs to be fought for. The truth needs to be fought for. The truth does not require an explanation. . . . The truth is not equivocal. The truth is not misunderstood. The truth does not need to be rehearsed. And the truth cannot be sought nor discovered without the facts.
This firm is committed to these principles. We apply them to every case we undertake.
Our practice areas include:
- Railroad worker injuries under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA);
- Railroad worker “whistleblower” / retaliation claims under the Federal Rail Safety Act;
- Serious injury and death cases;
- Car, truck, bus, train, and airplane injury accidents;
- Product liability;
- Medical malpractice;
- Criminal defense; and
- Employment disputes.
Our attorneys have won jury verdicts and negotiated significant settlements in all areas of practice. On several occasions the State of Montana has retained us to work on important public interest litigation.
Contact us at 406-542-3330 for a free, no-obligation initial consultation.