For over three decades, firm managing partner Oliver Goe has successfully represented individuals, professionals, businesses, public entities, employers, and insurers in state and federal district courts, as well as before the Montana Supreme Court. He maintains a broad-based practice focused primarily on medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, and civil and commercial litigation. He is rated AV by his peers, according to Martindale Hubbell, and has been honored in Super Lawyers since 2009.
As a medical malpractice defense attorney, Oliver defends physicians, hospitals, dentists, nurses, and other health care providers against all types of accusations involving professional negligence. He is recognized as a leading attorney in medical malpractice defense, and has successfully defended a wide range of complex medical malpractice lawsuits involving failure to diagnose, surgical errors, misdiagnosis of diagnostic testing, prescription administration errors, childbirth complications, and other alleged medical malpractice. He is frequently retained by insurance companies on behalf of healthcare clients, including cases involving catastrophic injury and damages.
Employment Defense and Counseling
Oliver’s employment practice is focused on defending employers on a wide range of matters and complicated employment issues, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, ADA compliance, illegal discrimination, wage and hour claims, FMLA compliance, independent contractor, and other employment claims. Through his workers’ compensation practice, Oliver is retained by insurance carriers that provide workers’ compensation coverage to a number of cities and towns in Montana, where he defends claims against the underlying insureds.
Oliver is a frequent lecturer to government and private employers on employment law issues. He has also been a speaker for numerous continuing legal education seminars addressing Montana employment and labor law issues.
Litigation and Insurance Defense
In addition to his medical malpractice, employment, and workers’ compensation defense practices, Oliver also maintains an expansive litigation practice, representing insurance companies and/or their insureds in a wide variety of negligence matters (including personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability), and well as civil and commercial litigation matters (including construction matters, inverse condemnation, civil rights, and environmental liability, claims, and torts). He defends major insurance companies, insurers of cities and towns, government entities, and businesses in high-value insurance, reinsurance coverage, and commercial disputes involving general liability claims.
Oliver was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of California Berkeley in 1977. He earned his Juris Doctorate three years later from the Santa Clara University School of Law. After passing the California Bar Exam, Oliver began his legal career as a public defender, where he gained extensive trial experience and skills.
In 1986, Oliver and his family moved to Montana to enjoy the great quality of life and picturesque surroundings, and shortly thereafter, he joined BKBH. He is married to Christina Goe, a fellow attorney and former General Counsel for the Montana State Auditor, and has three daughters, Rebecca, Carrie, and Emily, and three grandchildren, Anders, Clara and Linnea.
- J.D., University of Santa Clara School of Law
- B.A. (Political Science), University of California at Berkeley
- Montana (All state courts)
- United States District Court for the District of Montana
- United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- California Supreme Court (inactive)
- State Bar of Montana, Member
- Montana Defense Trial Lawyers, Inc., Member
- California Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Member
- Lewis and Clark Humane Society, Board of Directors
- Elkhorn Youth Soccer Association, Past Member, Past President, Board of Directors
- Helena Youth Soccer Programs, Volunteer Coach and Referee
- Martindale Hubbell AV rating by peers (the highest rating by such company)
- Super Lawyer (2009 – Present)