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John Ries, Claims Attorney

John Ries is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. John has been a Claims Attorney for ALPS since 2009. Prior to coming to ALPS, John served as a Deputy District Attorney for Union County, Oregon, and an Associate Attorney at Stamper Rubens, PS, in Spokane, Washington.

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Avoiding Ghosts from the Past in Retirement

Whether as a distant goal or immediate concern, at some point in every lawyer’s career he or she will contemplate retirement. According to the American Bar Association’s 2023 Profile of the Legal Profession (Profile of the Legal Profession...

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Can A Lawyer Represent a Family Member?

At some point in every lawyer’s career, a family member will ask for legal advice and the question arises of whether a lawyer can represent a family...

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So, You Want to Do Insurance Defense Work?

If you are still reading this blog post after reading the title, then you have either done work for or are interested in doing work for an insurance...

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Buying Insurance For A House Already On Fire

On February 23, 2021, the Montana Supreme Court issued an opinion delivered by Justice Laurie McKinnon in ALPS Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Keller,...

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Good!

When thinking of a topic for this blog, I initially had a few ideas bouncing around in my head related to avoiding malpractice. But then what was a...

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WTF is Going On with Lawyers Falling for Wire Fraud?

In the last couple of years, I have seen several instances where an attorney receives an email from a hacker pretending to be opposing counsel...

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Timely Reporting Of Potential Legal Malpractice Claims Is So Important

Your ALPS policy is a “Claims Made and Reported” insurance policy. What does that mean? It means that as a condition precedent to ALPS’ obligation...

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