We have narrowed the focus of our firm to those cases which we are best at handling. We specialize in personal injury cases, including serious injury or death cases. We also have considerable expertise in criminal defense and real estate, zoning, and land use cases. By focusing on only these practice areas, we can more easily keep up our expertise, and better serve our clients.
I have run my own law firm since 2006. The firm was formerly the Dayton Law Firm, and was purchased from Ray Dayton after he was elected to serve as the District Judge for the Third Judicial District Court in Montana. Before that, I was a partner in the Dayton Law Firm, a principle in Grayson & Petrovich Staedler, and served as both the local prosecutor and a public defender at various times in my legal career.
1. Lady in car accident. Several weeks in hospital. Insurance company offered to pay only $17k prior to us taking case. After working case up fully, we obtained an $85k settlement for our client.
2. Man accused of felony assault. We took over case and were able to show he was present, but did not inflict any injury. Charges were dismissed by prosecutor.
112 East Commercial Ave. P.O. Box 907
Anaconda MT 59711
We offer free initial consultations of up to one hour on almost all types of cases that we handle. We will conduct these consultations either in person in our office, or over the telephone if the client prefers.
We handle most personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis: there is no fee if we don't obtain a settlement or verdict for you. We will set flat fees for many other types of cases, such as minor criminal matters and DUIs. The exact fees depend on the complexity and estimated time to be spent on each case.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
My primary areas of practice are the areas where I can bring my experience and skills to bear most effectively to help my clients. I can see the case from both my client's perspective, and still be aware of what issues the other side is looking at. I enjoy focusing my practice on these areas because it gives me great satisfaction to be able to successfully help my clients achieve their goals for the case.
I always appreciate clients who take the time to educate themselves on their legal issues. I find this makes it easier to get clients a good result, since they have a better understanding of what is happening in their case. They can also more fully appreciate the results I obtain for them.
In general, I am willing to review some documents for clients. However, this depends on the overall circumstances, and whether I truly have the detailed knowledge and facts of the client's case to be able to ethically advise him or her.
In certain limited circumstances, I have coached clients to help them resolve their legal issue without my direct involvement. This is very much a case by case decision, since there are certainly cases where clients simply must bite the bullet and actually hire a lawyer to represent them. However, I am fairly well-known to honestly help people evaluate the efficacy of hiring a lawyer in their case. I freely tell people if I feel their particular situation does not merit spending the money to hire an attorney. In those cases, I explain to them how to handle the matter themselves.
After working in business management for two and a half years following admission to the bar in 1986, I was chosen to serve as the Deputy County Attorney in Deer Lodge County in 1989. After almost four years, I went into private practice with Sherry Staedler in 1993, and also served as a part-time public defender for four years. In 1996, I was elected to serve as the County Attorney for Anaconda-Deer lodge County consolidated government. I was re-elected in 2000, and spear-headed the passage of a bond levy and the construction of a new jail facility to replace Anaconda's 100 year-old jail. In 2005, I returned to private practice, this time with Ray Dayton. After two years, Ray was elected District Judge, and I purchased the law firm.
I have a broad range of experience in my life. When I was in college, I washed dishes and waited tables. I have managed a business with over 100 employees, I have served as a public defender and the elected county attorney in my county. I have worked with people in the legal system for over twenty years, and have extensive jury trial experience. I now run my own law firm and strive to serve my clients with expertise, integrity, and hard work.
My strengths include listening to my clients to find out what their goals are for their case. Then I do my best to help them achieve their goals, while also honestly keeping the client informed of the case's progress as we go along. I want my clients to be fully informed, and to understand the exact steps that their case will go through.Personal interests:
I am active with my sons in Boy Scouts, and the various sports in which they participate. My wife and I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and camping. I am an avid baseball fan, and I also read and browse the web a lot.
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