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September 20, 2012 | ATTENTION: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

URGENT:  The Spence Law Firm, LLC has been notified that we may have not received some attempted emails or online contacts by visitors to our website.  Apparently an error or malfunction in our website email contact page(s) has prevented us from receiving emails and online contact submissions through the website.  We were unaware of this problem so we may have failed to respond to some attempted contacts to our office.  If you have recently attempted to contact our office and have not received a response, please recontact us immediately by emailing [email protected] (please note there is NO “nd” in our email address) or phone 1-800-967-2117.  We apologize for any delay in communication–someone from The Spence Law Firm will contact you to answer questions or address your concerns, as soon as possible.… Read more


Kent W. Spence and Grant H. Lawson of The Spence Law Firm, LLC, recently settled a personal injury case against Precision Drilling Company LP (formally known as Grey Wolf Drilling Company, LP).  A Wyoming worker, Darrell Jent, who suffered severe and permanent injuries when he was catapulted off a falling derrick, has agreed to a confidential settlement with Precision Drilling Company. The Spence Firm had filed the injured worker’s lawsuit in Wyoming federal district court.

The suit alleged that the A-leg bolts attaching the A-leg to the derrick had been loosened by the Defendant’s employees and were not properly reattached and tightened. One of the legs came lose during the lowering of the derrick, causing the derrick to crash down, which destroyed the drilling rig. At the time the Plaintiff was working as a consultant on the drilling operation and did not know the A-leg was loose. As he was … Read more


Through embedded radio reporting from an oil patch and “man camps” in North Dakota, Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota catalyzes discussion about the local and national impacts of the region’s rush to drill. The show is produced by independent producer Todd Melby and brought to you by Prairie Public.

For more information on Prairie Public click here: http://www.prairiepublic.org/radio/

For more information on Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota click here: http://blackgoldboom.com/Read more


Mel C. Orchard of The Spence Law Firm, LLC, on behalf of an Afton couple, has filed a civil lawsuit against Grand Targhee Resort and Action Integrated Management after their son was improperly secured to a zip line before he fell 25 feet to the ground. The young boy was one of 17 middle school students attending a summer program at Grand Targhee Resort in 2008.

According to the complaint, the employee who took the reservation neglected to properly record it or to notify Action Integrated Management that there was a group intending to use the course. As a result, when the group arrived there were not enough people to operate the course.  A resort employee improperly pressured an Action Integrated Management staff member to allow an untrained resort employee to work the zip line. The untrained resort employee failed to “properly and safely” secure the boy, and he fell … Read more


North Dakota is changing. The Bakken Oil boom has created an influx of jobs in oil drilling and the construction industry. The increase of activity in these industries also leads to an increase of workplace injuries and fatalities, bringing North Dakota to the No. 5 most dangerous state in the nation for workers.

On April 25, 2012 The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new findings from the 2010 census of fatal occupational injuries. According to this report, North Dakota was 1 out of 28 states that saw an increase in fatal workplace injuries in 2010. For more information on fatal occupational injuries in the United States, please see http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/worker_memorial.htm.

The Spence Law Firm and SAFER continue to monitor these developments and fight for enhanced worker safety laws.  For more information, contact us at 800-967-2117.… Read more


Tyson E. Logan, of The Spence Law Firm, LLC, has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Casper woman who was poisoned by carbon monoxide gas in her apartment as she slept.  The suit alleges the woman suffered a traumatic brain injury in her apartment when the furnace or the ventilation system leaked.  Firefighters and investigators that responded to the scene found carbon monoxide levels of 500 parts per million inside the Casper apartment.  The exposure to the carbon monoxide caused the woman a permanent traumatic brain injury.

According to the complaint, the apartment complex owners or management knew the furnaces were in need of repair or replacement, and at least one had leaked carbon monoxide in dangerous levels less than a year before the woman was poisoned.  The suit alleges that despite such knowledge, the defendants, in reckless disregard for the safety of the tenants, did nothing to

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Dan Fleck recently spoke at the North Dakota Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in Fargo, North Dakota, giving a speech titled “The Power of Extra Monetary Settlements: Getting Concessions in Addition to Money to Benefit the Client, the Lawyer and the Profession.”

Dan was honored to share his experiences with a dedicated group of North Dakota trial attorneys on the subject of how lawsuits can be used to correct injustices and prevent accidents and injuries from happening again.  ”Trial lawyers need to use the power of the process to “legislate” against bad conduct, to make sure that future tragedies are prevented.”

Dan is a native North Dakotan, and has recently been licensed to practice in both Federal and State court by the North Dakota Bar.  Dan’s areas of practice include oil and gas workplace injuries,  complex medical malpractice cases including hypoxic-ischemic birth injuries, Erb’s Palsy and shoulder dystocia birth trauma,  

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The Spence Law Firm is pleased to announce that R. Daniel Fleck has been admitted to practice law in the State of North Dakota.  Dan focuses his practice in North Dakota and across the country on a broad range of complex cases including Oil Field injuries and accidents, hypoxic-ischemic birth injuries, Erb’s Palsy and shoulder dystocia birth trauma, medical malpractice, aviation liability (fixed-wing and helicopter), trucking and auto accidents, pharmaceutical liability, defective nutritional supplements (Olympic and Professional athletes), workplace safety, product liability and sexual abuse by authority figures.

Dan Fleck was admitted to the bar by Order of the Supreme Court of North Dakota on November 29, 2010.  Dan is a North Dakota native – he was born in the small farming community of Ashley in McIntosh County.  “I am excited about the opportunity to practice where I grew up, and assist North Dakotans in need of legal help.”  Dan

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Just one day before trial, The Spence Law Firm successfully settled a wrongful death case against Pioneer Drilling and Denali Oil and Gas for the wrongful death of 20 year old, Zachary Anderson.  Zach was killed while working as a stabber on a drilling rig.  The confidential settlement was the largest wrongful death settlement for noneconomic damages in North Dakota history.  We also required Pioneer Drilling to change its safety policies as part of the confidential settlement.

Following the settlement Zach’s family was able to set up the Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship to honor his legacy.  learn more about Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship here

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In 2008, The Spence Law Firm brought a wrongful death and punitive damages claims against Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. and successfully settled with the oil and gas giant for a confidential amount.  The Halliburton supervisor failed to chain down or otherwise secure a pipe, which was carrying cement under very high pressure.  The cement pipe clogged in the cold weather, and when the pressure was released, the pipe shot out of the hole and whipped around the derrick floor, knocking a young man 35 feet off the derrick floor to his death.  The Halliburton supervisor admitted that he had not slept in over 47 hours prior to taking on the job at this well site.  We represented the young man’s family, and we brought claims against Halliburton for intentional failure to enforce a fatigue prevention policy among its workers.  After prevailing through years of expensive appeals brought by Halliburton, the … Read more