Spoon Gordon Ballew, PLLP

Experienced attorneys are skilled in litigating on behalf of personal injury victims and insurance companies.

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Firm Overview

Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC is a Missoula-based, full-service law firm serving Montanans. We are a small trial and litigation firm addressing claims for both injured parties and insurance companies. With our more than 60 years of combined legal experience, you can be sure your case gets the focused and knowledgeable attention it deserves. We are conveniently located in Missoula and serve clients throughout the state of Montana.

Our attorneys can help you in the following areas of the law:
-Auto Accidents
-Insurance Law
-Personal Injury
-Employment Law
-Product Liability
-Human Rights & Discrimination
-Medical Malpractice
-Construction Defects

Montana attorneys provide high level of legal service:
With decades of experience, our attorneys at Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC have established themselves throughout Montana by providing a broad range of high quality legal services. This high quality of service is the foundation of our practice. We are dedicated to defending victims of injustice with personalized attention. Our attorneys pride themselves on being approachable, knowledgeable, professional and personal in all they do.

Our legal team is on your side throughout the entire process:
Dan Spoon, Will Ballew and Bryan Spoon have surrounded themselves with a superb support team of paralegals and associates. From the time your phone call is first answered, our qualified team of professionals is working to ensure you feel comfortable and confident with each step of your legal services.

Lawyers with a reputation you can trust:
Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC has a flawless reputation and an ethical belief in advocacy for all those who entrust us with their representation. We offer free consultations and welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal needs.

The firm currently has two attorneys who are AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for it's professionalism and ethics.
Main Office

Main Office
800 South 3rd Street West, P.O. BOX 8869
Missoula  MT  59807-8869

Phone
  • (406) 541-2200
Fax
  • (406) 541-2202
Personal Injury
Personal injury law covers many different situations and provides the opportunity for an injured person to sue another person at fault for those injuries.
Some areas of the law our attorneys can help you with include:
-Dog bites
-Trip/fall
-Spinal injury
-Brain injury
-Bicycle accidents
-Third party wrongful death
-Product liability
-Recreational injury
-Automobile negligence
-Catastrophic injury
-Commercial vehicle liability
-Electrical injury
-Head injury
-Motor vehicle accidents and injuries
-Motorcycle accidents
-Neurolaw
-Pedestrian injuries
-Severe burns

Catastrophic injuries arise in different forms. They include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, damage to sight, or nerve damage to name a few. Whether it is the result of a slip and fall, an auto accident, a victim of a drunk driver, a defective product, a work-related accident, or other intentional or negligent cause, the financial and emotional effects to a victim can be enormous. Often such injuries result in a lifetime of medical treatment and continuous life-care support. Victims may also face years or decades of lost income because of disability. Such injuries, in short, can lead to drastic changes in the lives of individuals.

A plaintiff who is successful at making a personal injury claim may be entitled to lost income, past and future medical costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress compensation. Many personal injury claims settle out of court, sometimes at a Settlement Mediation. If an out of court settlement does not occur, the personal injury case may make it to a judge or jury who will decide first on fault and then on damages.

Because of the potential great damages involved in catastrophic injuries, it is particularly important that the injured claimant retain a law firm with exceptional expertise, an established record of proven successes. The attorneys at Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC can help you determine your legal rights, give you examples of personal injury settlements and give you an idea of your chances of receiving compensation for your losses.

Dan L. Spoon

Member

He has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas:
-Negligence
-Business litigation
-Insurance

Admitted:
-Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court in 2011
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1994
-Montana, U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 1981

Education:
-University of Montana, J.D., 1981
-University of Montana, B.S., with honors, 1977

Associations & memberships:
-State Bar of Montana
-American Bar Association
-Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Personal information:
A native Montanan, Dan grew up in Laurel watching his Grandfather ranch and practice law. After serving in the Air Force he returned to Montana where he earned his undergraduate degree and attended law school at the University of Montana in Missoula. Dan earned his Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Montana Bar Association in 1981 and the US Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) in 1994.

Dan began his career in Great Falls, returning to Missoula in 1989. As a lifelong resident of Montana, Dan has a special understanding of the landscape of Montana litigation & the nuance of handling cases throughout the state. Specializing in personal injury and insurance defense, Dan has a unique understanding of ensuring his clients have representation and the personal attention of an attorney with diverse understanding of the law. Dan is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the American Bar Association, the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and is licensed to practice in the Northern Cheyenne Court.

Dan is recognized by his peers with the Martindale-Hubbell award for the highest level of legal ability and ethics.

Making his home in Granite County with his family, Dan continues in the tradition of his grandfather - ranching and practicing law.
Education
  • University of Montana
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

William V. Ballew, III

Member

He has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas:
-General litigation
-Medical malpractice defense
-Insurance defense
-Railroad defense

Admitted:
-Texas, 1984
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1985
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1990
-New Mexico, 1999
-Montana, 2005

Education:
-University of Houston, J.D., 1984
-Williams College, B.A., 1980

Associations & memberships:
-State Bar of Montana
-American Bar Association
-State Bar of Texas
-State Bar of New Mexico
-Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
-National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Biographical details:
-Research Editor, Houston Law Review, 1983-1984
-Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of
Legal Specialization

Personal information:
Will was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated from WilliamsCollege in 1980 with a degree in history. He attended the University of Houston Law Center where he was a Research Editor of the Law Review and received his J.D. in 1984. He began his law practice in El Paso,Texas, with the law firm of Scott & Hulse, P.C. where he remained for 20 years and became a senior shareholder. He specialized in medical malpractice defense and railroad defense. He moved to Montana with his family in 2004 and is member of the Montana State Bar Association, the Montana Association of Defense Attorneys, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. Will is licensed to practice law in Montana, Texas and New Mexico, and is admitted to practice in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Will joined the firm of Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC in 2008. His law practice is entirely related to litigation. He is very experienced in insurance defense, medical malpractice, personal injury and construction litigation. He is also very experienced in railroad cases of all kinds (Fela, Grade Crossing, Haz Mat and Cargo) as well as Workers
Education
  • University of Houston
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

Bryan L. Spoon

Attorney

Practice areas:
-Accidents
-Automobile accidents and injuries
-Automobile negligence
-Bodily injury
-Brain injury
-Catastrophic injury
-Head injury
-Motor vehicle accidents and injuries
-Pedestrian injuries
-Plaintiffs personal injury
-Spinal injury
-Traumatic brain injury
-Wrongful death
-Insurance defense
-Products liability
-Medical malpractice

Admitted:
Montana, U.S. District Court, District of Montana, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit and Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court, 2011

Education:
-University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 2010
-Vanderbilt University, B.A., English Literature, with honors, 2007

Associations & memberships:
-State Bar of Montana
-American Bar Association
-Montana Trial Lawyers Association
-American Association for Justice

Biographical details:
-Bryan was Executive Editor of the Montana Law Review in 2010
-He was a staff member of the Montana Law Review in 2009-2010

Personal information:
Bryan grew up in Missoula, Montana. After earning his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, he attended University of Montana Law School. During his time at UM he was a member of the Law Review staff 2010-2011 and was the Law Review Executive Editor 2011.

Admitted to the bar in 2011, Bryan joined his father Dan Spoon, and partner Will Ballew at Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC.

Bryan is currently a member of the State Bar of Montana and the American Bar Association, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and is licensed in The Northern Cheyenne Court.

With emphasis on personal injury, employment law, insurance defense and general practice of the law, Bryan is appreciated by his clients with excellent reviews of being trustworthy, knowledgeable, responsive and in keeping his clients informed.

An avid outdoorsman Bryan enjoys fishing, hiking and camping.
Education
  • University of Montana School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2010
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