ALPS - Attorneys Liability Protection Society

Florence Building 111 North Higgins Ave, Suite 200 Missoula, MT 59802
ALPS was created in response to the insurance crisis of the mid-1980s. During this time lawyers’ malpractice insurance was unaffordable or, in some cases, unavailable to attorneys. Founded by a group of forward-thinking attorneys, ALPS provided the solution. Since then we have dedicated ourselves to constant improvement by looking at how our services are offered, expanding our offerings to more people, and providing continued education and professional enrichment to lawyers like you. Today ALPS is endorsed by more State Bars than any other insurance company and we are the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyers’ malpractice insurance.

Company Staff

Bradley D. Dantic is Vice-President, Secretary and General Counsel of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company. He has been employed with ALPS Corporation since August 2002. Prior to joining ALPS Corporation, Brad was an attorney and certified public accountant practicing as a principal shareholder in the law firm of Worden Thane, P.C. in Missoula, Montana. He attended The University of Montana and obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting in 1985 (B.S. with Honors). While attending The University of Montana, Brad was an honorable mention All‑Big Sky Conference wide receiver and was twice selected as an Academic All‑American District 7. Upon obtaining his undergraduate degree, he successfully passed all four sections of the Uniform CPA examination in November 1985 and thereafter practiced as a certified public accountant in Phoenix, Arizona with the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. In 1988, Brad returned to The University of Montana to attend law school and received his law degree in 1991 (J.D. with High Honors). During law school, he was selected to serve as a member of The University of Montana Moot Court team. Brad formerly served as a course instructor in the subject areas of business law and real estate secured transactions for candidates studying for the Montana bar examination. Prior to joining ALPS Corporation, Brad’s legal practice emphasized corporate and commercial law, health care, taxation, real estate, pension plans and ERISA. He is admitted to practice law in both the State of Montana and the State of Washington has received a general recommendation rating of "Very High" by his peers in the legal profession. Brad is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1991.
David A. Bell is the President & CEO of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company. David joined ALPS in 2012. He was previously with Allied World Assurance Company (NYSE: AWH), a publically traded global (re)insurance company. David was a founding executive and served as the Chief Operating Officer. After graduating from the University of Montana in 1996 with a degree in finance he began his career with The Chubb Corporation. David co-founded and serves on the board of Grateful Nation Montana, a first-of-its-kind in the nation organization that provides tutoring, mentoring and a college education for the children of Montana soldiers killed while on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends and numerous other television and radio outlets talking about the need to make funding educations for the children of our fallen soldiers a national priority. David served as President of PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society), the largest insurance industry association focused on education. He currently serves on the board of the Bank of Montana as well as The Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center, which promotes better understanding of Asia and of U.S. relations with Asia. He has presented to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), focusing on expropriation and kidnap/ransom in Asia and the Middle East, and he has spoken and written extensively on the subject of insurance risk transfer. In 2010 David authored a book titled The Best Quotes on Business, Leadership & Life.
Erika Taylor
Underwriting Manager
Mark Bassingthwaighte
Risk Manager
Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq
“My primary role is to be a resource. Be it an ethics concern, a tech problem, or simply wanting a little advice on how to improve the calendaring process, I’m the guy that’s here to try to tackle the questions you have regarding the practice of law.” As a Risk Manager with ALPS, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. is responsible for developing and delivering new risk management and CLE products and services, risk management consulting, and law firm risk evaluations. In his tenure with the company, Mark has conducted over 1,000 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented numerous continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States and written extensively on risk management and technology. Mark received his J.D. from Drake Law School. Mark is available to answer practice management questions. If you are an ALPS-insured firm, you can arrange to have Mark perform a Risk Assessment Visit, auditing your firm’s critical systems to spot and avoid any potential problems, for a reasonable fee.
Matt Lubaroff
Director of Client Services
Michael McCullough
Information Technology Director
Rob Tameler
Claims Manager
Sara d. Smith
Sara D. Smith is the CFO of ALPS Corporation. Sara joined ALPS in 2003 as a staff accountant and later as controller. Sara has worked for a diverse group of companies including Montana Rail Link, Dudley & Associates LLC, and the Target Corporation. She received her B.A. degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Montana in 1998 and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in 2002. Sara also received her CPA in 2006 and is licensed in the state of Montana. She is an active member in both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants. Sara serves on the Board of Directors for Lawyers Reinsurance Company. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Montana Community Development Corporation, the Wild Rockies Field Institute, and the Missoula Art Museum.