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      Local litigation firms         Local litigation stars
      Highly recommended             Alexander Blewett
                                     Hoyt & Blewett
      Goetz Gallik & Baldwin         Personal Injury, Products Liability, Railroad

      Hoy & Blewett                  Triel Culver
                                     Edwards Frickle & Culver
      Lewis Slovak Kovacich & Marr   Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation,
                                     Environmental, Securities
      Morrison Motl & Sherwood
                                     Clifford Edwards
                                     Edwards Frickle & Culver
                                     Civil Litigation, Personal Injury
                                     Roger Frickle
      Brown Law Firm
                                     Edwards Frickle & Culver
                                     Antitrust, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation,
                                     Personal Injury, Securities

                                     Mark Kovacich
                                     Lewis Slovak Kovacich & Marr
                                     Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation

                                     Tom Lewis
                                     Lewis Slovak Kovacich & Marr
                                     Personal Injury, Toxic Tort

                                     John Morrison
                                     Morrison Motl & Sherwood
                                     Class Actions, Insurance, Medical Malpractice,
                                     Personal Injury, Securities

                                     Frederick Sherwood
                                     Morrison Motl & Sherwood
                                     Civil Rights, Commercial Litigation, Labor &

                                     David Wilson
                                     Morrison Motl & Sherwood
                                     Consumer Fraud, Environmental


Montana                                                                                                 which has handled several matters of first
                                                                                                        impression, though the appellate group
                                                                                                        recently lost James Reynolds, who was
                                                                                                        elected as a Judge of the 1st Judicial District
                                                                                                        in 2010. Founded by the merger of Reynolds
While Montana lawyers remain busy with insurance disputes, employment issues,                           Motl and Sherwood and The Morrison Law
personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability and toxic tort matters, liti-                  Firm, Morrison Motl & Sherwood has
                                                                                                        recovered millions of dollars for its clients.
gators in the state say real estate and construction litigation is booming, and                         The firm recently represented the North
they some predict an explosion in environmental litigation in the near future, as                       Duncan Drive Neighborhood Association in
well as tort reform, particularly in medical malpractice.                                               its opposition of a nearby development. The
                                                                                                        Montana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the
Highly recommended firms                           regarded civil litigation firm with a                North Duncan Drive Neighborhood
                                                   significant personal injury practice headed by       Association, stating that the developers of the
Edwards Frickle & Culver                           firm cofounder Alexander Blewett, a revered          34 acres of land had to abide by the
Billings-based Edwards Frickle & Culver is a       trial lawyer who is unarguably considered            neighborhood plan. David Wilson handled
firmly established player in the state’s legal     “one of the best lawyers in the state.” The          the North Duncan Drive Neighborhood
market with a seven-person litigation team         firm is touted for its litigation prowess in         Association case, and has been with the firm
that handles significant plaintiff matters         cases involving environmental damage,                since 1985. Wilson focuses on representing
involving environmental law, consumer class        medical malpractice, insurance coverage              Montana consumers harmed or injured by
actions, insurance coverage and personal           disputes, railroad accidents, toxic torts,           unfair or illegal business or credit practices.
injury claims while also handling the defense      employee      negligence     and     malicious       Jonathan Motl, a partner at the firm since
of antitrust claims, tort disputes, intellectual   prosecution. The litigation team under               1982, handles personal injury, commercial
property and professional liability matters.       Blewett has received numerous distinctions           and consumer fraud matters. A former
The firm has distinguished itself by obtaining     for its multimillion-dollar verdicts against         president of the Montana Trial Lawyers
multimillion-dollar verdicts against major         major adversaries including global law firms,        Association, John Morrison has tried
railroads, insurance carriers, mining and          national insurers, railroads and construction        numerous cases to verdict in state and federal
energy companies and car manufacturers.            companies.                                           court, as well as argued several appeals in the
Founder Clifford Edwards is recognized for                                                              Montana Supreme Court. Frederick
his successful track record in toxic torts cases   Lewis Slovak Kovacich & Marr                         Sherwood handles employment, civil rights,
involving the railroad industry as well as for     As one of the leading plaintiffs firms in the        personal injury, consumer fraud and other
his expertise in the agriculture, and aviation     state, the Great Falls firm of Lewis Slovak          complex civil litigation.
industries and personal injury and insurance.      Kovacich & Marr has carved out a influential
Name partner Triel Culver is an                    name for itself in cases related to                  Recommended firms
accomplished commercial litigator who              environmental law, toxic chemicals, asbestos,
specializes in employment disputes, personal       railroad and personal injury claims. The firm        Brown Law Firm
injury, and environmental law.                     handles cases ranging from soil and                  With roots dating back to Billings in 1911,
                                                   groundwater         contamination,      railroad     the The Brown Law Firm has over a hundred
Goetz Gallik & Baldwin                             employee claims, catastrophic injury and             years of experience in the Montana legal
Founded in 1972, the Bozeman firm of Goetz         products liability. The firm is noted for            market. Focused exclusively on litigation, the
Gallik & Baldwin is smaller than many of its       obtaining multimillion-dollar verdicts against       Brown team handles a range of matters
competitors but has indisputably established       oil giants such Texaco as well as the US             including medical malpractice, insurance
itself as a top firm in the state for commercial   government, major banks and health                   disputes, environmental law, financial
litigation, environmental, construction law,       providers.                                           services and mass tort disputes and clients
land use and zoning regulation matters. As            Founder Tom Lewis is praised for his              include Albertson’s, Sears, Pioneer Natural
one competitor states, “They are an excellent      significant civil litigation expertise, handling     Resources, Koch Industries along with the
firm, and they belong in the top-tier.” Firm       toxic chemical and asbestos exposure,                State of Montana and various regional credit
cofounder                                          hazardous land contamination, sever                  unions and lending companies. The firm’s
   Jim Goetz is a prominent Montana                personal injury and wrongful death claims            talent roster includes commercial trial lawyer
litigator who peers roundly admire, stating        related to premises liability, products liability,   Scott Gratton who specializes in malpractice,
“Jim Goetz is one the best two lawyers in the      and employer negligence. As one peer                 insurance coverage and defense, products
state and is beyond compare as both a trial        summarizes, “Tom Lewis is just a really              liability environmental litigation along with
lawyer and appellate lawyer.” Goetz has            good, really tough lawyer.” A former                 personal injury plaintiffs and defense.
significant trial expertise in commercial          Assistant Attorney General for Montana, J            Partners John Russell and Guy Rogers are
disputes, environmental, constitutional and        David Slovak is a deeply respected Montana           also recognized by peers for their commercial
plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation and has     litigator who specializes in toxic tort,             litigation expertise.
argued on appellate matters before the US          environmental, products liability and safe
Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.         place to work claims. Slovak was also
   Name partner Robert Baldwin is an               nominated as Special Assistant Attorney
accomplished plaintiff lawyer who has              General to co-represent Montana in the
secured multimillion-dollar verdicts on behalf     nationwide tobacco litigation suit that
of clients in employment, real estate,             resulted in an $800 million settlement for the
defamation and insurance bad faith cases.          state.
Brian Gallik focuses on complex civil and
criminal litigation, land use and public policy    Morrison Motl & Sherwood
matters.                                           Based in Helena, Morrison Motl &
                                                   Sherwood has litigated hundreds of cases for
Hoyt & Blewett                                     families and consumers across the state. The
Founded in 1985, Hoyt & Blewett is a highly        firm also has a robust appellate practice,

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