When clients need a skilled advocate who is able to fight on their behalf, they look to Mr. Houtsma. As a seasoned trial attorney, he handles all types of complex commercial litigation, and he guides clients smoothly through the process.
He has worked on a variety of cases, including contract, construction, and insurance litigation; litigation involving financial institutions; royalty and real estate litigation; business torts; class action matters on both the plaintiff and defense side; intellectual property and product liability litigation; Indian law matters; and professional liability matters, including director and officer liability and attorney and accountant liability matters in federal and state courts.
With more than 35 years of experience at Holland & Hart, Mr. Houtsma has tried more than 50 cases in various forums. He was the youngest partner to serve on the firm's Management Committee. He has also served as Financial Partner, Managing Partner from 1995-1997, Chair of the firm's Litigation Department from 1998-2001 and Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee from 2002-2004. While serving in these capacities, Mr. Houtsma has always maintained a full litigation practice.
Agrofollajes, S.A. et al. vs. DuPont — Mass tort case brought in state court in Dade County, Florida on behalf of 27 leatherleaf fern growers whose crops were damaged by a fungicide, Benlate, manufactured and distributed by DuPont. Nine week jury trial resulted in verdict of over $100 million, reduced by the trial judge to $55 million. Case is presently on appeal. Case is one of hundreds brought against DuPont for it Benlate product.
Christina Brittingham v. Ana Maria Brittingham, et al. — State court action in Webb County, Texas in which daughter-in-law brought action against mother-in-law for breach of contract, fraud and theft of funds. Jury returned a verdict of $108 million for daughter-in-law, including punitive damages. Case ultimately settled.
EJS Properties vs. City of Toledo, et al. — Case in United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against municipality and former City Councilman who solicited a bribe for a rezoning request, which was denied when the developer refused to pay the bribe. City Councilman ended up in prison for his role in the matter. Section 1983 action alleging violation of various constitutional rights.
Nez Perce Tribe v. Idaho Power — Represented the Nez Perce Tribe in connection with litigation brought in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho for the destruction of treaty-reserved fishing rights as a result of the construction and operation of dams in the Northwest. Parties spent several years in mediation which ultimately resulted in settlements for the Tribe in excess of $50 million.
Tim Addams, et al. v. The United States of America and DuPont — Mass tort litigation in which we represent 100+ farmers whose crops were injured by an herbicide manufactured by DuPont and applied to over 50,000 acres of burnt rangeland by the Bureau of Land Management in South Central Idaho. Herbicide moved off-site due to wind and soil erosion. Bellwether trial in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho for 4 months in 2009 in which unanimous jury found for all 4 bellwether Plaintiffs, thereby establishing liability and general causation for all the remaining Plaintiffs. Situation was described by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture as the largest agricultural disaster ever in the state.