Joe Bottomly, Partner
Joe Bottomly is recognized as one of Montana’s top civil trial attorneys representing individuals and small businesses. He has an established reputation for obtaining large verdicts based on thorough preparation and creating precedent setting case law. Joe handles all types of claims including personal injury, wrongful death, construction injuries, medical negligence, insurance cases, and business torts.
Joe has been selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America for 2008 for personal injury litigation. He was selected by his peers to be the Montana Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2000 for outstanding trial advocacy, and has been invited by his peers to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also has been consistently rated by his peers as “AV” (highest legal ability and ethical standards).
A native of Montana, Joe Bottomly received his BS from the University of Oregon in 1976, and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1980. He is licensed to practice in both state and federal courts in Montana, and has argued in a wide variety of venues including Montana Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Amy Poehling Eddy, Partner
Amy grew up in the mountains of Idaho working at a family lodge in the summers. She attended Cal Poly University, graduating cum laude in 1997 with a social science degree. She spent the next year working on issues before the Idaho State Land Board, before attending the University of Montana School of Law, graduating in 2001. While in law school she was a member of the National Moot Court Team, and clerked for the Honorable Magistrate Leif Erickson.
Following graduation from law school Amy became an associate and then partner with this firm. Her practice specializes in all aspects of appellate, serious personal injury, employment, construction, and insurance coverage disputes. Amy has represented numerous individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in all aspects of litigation.
Professional Recognitions: Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Rating; National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100” and “Top 40 Under 40;” Member, Board of Visitors for the University of Montana School of Law; 2012 Montana Trial Lawyers Association Appellate Advocacy Award; Chair, Montana Trial Lawyers Association Amicus Committee; Past President of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association; Governor, AAJ Board of Governors; Member, AAJ Legal Affairs and Amicus Committees
- Admitted to Practice: Montana State and Federal Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court
David Sandler, Partner
David was born and raised in Billings. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1995. He graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1998. While in law school, David competed on the ABA Moot Court team, making it through the regional competition to the national competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
Following law school, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable James C. Nelson of the Montana Supreme Court. Since moving to Kalispell in 1999, David has tried jury and bench trials in Montana’s state and federal courts, has tried several cases in the Montana Workers’ Compensation Court, and has orally argued cases in front of the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. David has represented individual Montanans, small businesses, large corporations, and has twice testified as an expert witness regarding the reasonableness of the fees other lawyers have charged. David joined Bottomly, Eddy & Sandler, PLLP in January 2011. In his free time, David enjoys golfing, fly fishing, running, and spending time with his wife and two children.