Like many Montana families who came to Montana three or four generations back, I had my start back east in New York City.
As a boy I spent summers on my grandparents’ farm in rural New Hampshire. We knew everyone in the valley. Our closest neighbor was a mile away, but the distances belied how close we were: everyone would drop whatever he was doing to help in a pinch. It is why I felt at home when I first came to Montana.
Between my years at Harvard and law school, I did everything from putting up hay, slaughterhouse and railroad work to custom house painting, moving households, and traffic engineering.
I discovered what work was while working in the sand hills of northwestern Nebraska on railroad tie and siding gangs.
I learned early that everyone counts.
I went to law school in Colorado. I was an Articles Editor on Law Review, but instead of seeking a big firm job after graduation, I chose work in which everyone counts.
I was a law clerk for Chief Judge Joseph Bellipanni in Colorado’s Boulder District Court and I also clerked for Justice W. William Leaphart on the Montana Supreme Court.
I had a stint as a deputy public defender in Missoula.
For six years I was an associate with the firm of Hoyt and Blewett PLLC in Great Falls. Hoyt and Blewett is a plaintiffs’ firm that has received national recognition for its trial work. My cases ranged from automobile negligence, underinsured motorist claims, oil pipeline spills, insurance bad faith, product liability, and wrongful death to illegal radiation exposure.
I have tried cases to juries in state and federal district court. I have argued cases on appeal before the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
My practice emphasizes personal and business injury, farm and ranch litigation, and land disputes.