Dean StenslandDean A. Stensland

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Dean was raised in Fort Benton, Montana, and graduated from Montana State University in 1980. After graduation, Dean was an account executive for AT&T for seven years. He then attended law school at The University of Montana, competing at the regional and national levels with the Moot Court and ATLA trial teams. Dean has been practicing law with Boone Karlberg since 1990. The primary focus of Dean’s practice is a blend of construction/commercial litigation and business-related transactions. Dean has prepared and tried cases in state and federal courts and has handled multiple appeals before the Montana Supreme Court. Dean and his wife, Kim, have three children. Dean is an avid outdoorsman with a recreational pursuit for each season Montana offers. He enjoys fishing, backpacking, mountaineering, hunting, and cross-country skiing.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation - Construction and Commercial
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Real Estate
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Banking

Education and Experience

  • 1990 - J.D., The University of Montana School of Law, with Honors
  • 1980 - B.S., Montana State University, with Honors

Awards and Honors

  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Missoula Litigation-Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year'
  • Benchmark - America's Leading Litigation Attorneys
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Chambers and Partners: "Dean Stensland attracts the praise of interviewees, who single him at as a 'good bankruptcy lawyer.' He places a particular emphasis on the representation of banks in commercial transactions and as creditors in bankruptcy-related issues, though he also possesses expertise in construction mandates."
  • Dean Stensland acts as general counsel to various local businesses and also maintains a practice in both litigation and real estate.  Clients praise him as a 'creative and efficient legal counsel who is able to turn an issue around quickly'.

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Missoula Family YMCA, past president
  • Missoula Chamber of Commerce Rangers, past president
  • Congregational church, past president
  • Sentinel Kiwanis, past president