Boone Karlberg P.C.
201 West Main Street | Suite 300 Missoula, Montana 59802
(406) 543-6646
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Boone Karlberg provides a wide range of practice areas. The firm's attorneys are recognized as superior by national publications and have the respect of their peers. Communicating, educating, and offering peace of mind, our attorneys take ownership of clients' legal matters. Using responsive and collaborative teamwork, we provide high-level service while building client relationships through an objective, ethical approach to resolving legal matters.

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A Missoula jury unanimously determined Boone Karlberg's client was not liable for a woman's slip-and-fall injuries at a commercial property. The plaintiff slipped in the parking lot of a Missoula shopping center on Christmas Eve of 2016. She alleged the property manager failed to keep the lot clear of ice, and sought compensation for multiple hip surgeries, a head injury, and loss of income. On behalf of the property manager, attorneys Scott Stearns and Zach Franz presented eyewitness testimony, historical weather data, and photos of the parking lot from the day of the incident. At the conclusion of a three-day trial in April 2022, the jury voted 12-0 in favor of the defendant. We are pleased with the outcome and proud of another favorable result for a Boone Karlberg client.   

After 40 successful years with Boone Karlberg and serving the community, Randy Cox will begin a well-deserved retirement from the active practice of law. Randy will continue working as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the Bozeman-based company, Wildfire Defense Systems, Inc., founded by Randy and David Torgerson. WDS is the largest company in the United States providing qualified insurance resources devoted to wildfire mitigation in evacuation zones. WDS operates in 20 states and employs over 350 people. 

Throughout his career, Randy cultivated a statewide litigation practice focusing on defense of claims relating to toxic exposure, product liability, professional negligence, complex commercial litigation and railroad litigation. He also handled numerous plaintiff cases, particularly commercial disputes. Randy has briefed and argued dozens of cases in the Montana Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has tried dozens of cases in federal and state courthouses across Montana.

In addition to a busy litigation practice, Randy held membership and leadership positions with numerous legal organizations, including invitation-only memberships in the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society of Barristers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Randy served on the Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure and was heavily involved in the last major revision of those rules. Randy also served 25 years, including 12 as chair, of the Montana Board of Bar Examiners. Randy has been an adjunct professor at the University of Montana Law School, has guest lectured on trial practice topics, coached several competition trial teams and taught at the Advanced Trial Advocacy School for several years. He has given presentations, including trial skills demonstrations, at more than 75 continuing legal education programs across Montana, the United States and Canada, including roles as trial counsel in ABOTA-sponsored Masters in Trial programs. 

Along with his wife, Theresa, Randy has been a long-time supporter of Missoula community projects, including A Carousel for Missoula, Dragon Hollow Play Area, Watson Children’s Center, Missoula Food Bank, YMCA, First United Methodist Church and a number of other necessary and worthwhile projects. Randy and Theresa are devoted to Missoula-based philanthropy focused on feeding and educating children who cannot otherwise afford to be fed and educated. Randy and Theresa are devoted to their three children (Jason, Jessica and Jamie) and to their grandchildren (who live in Missoula!!), Pierce, Everett and Alanna.

We will miss working with Randy on a daily basis. In addition to his extensive knowledge of the law, Randy has imparted to his partners and students his enthusiasm for providing mentoring and skills development, affectionately earning the informal title “Trial Dad.” We wish Randy well in all his future endeavors and would like to heartily congratulate him on a full and successful career.

Boone Karlberg P.C., an established AV-rated Missoula law firm that currently employs 19 attorneys and 17 non-attorney staff, is seeking an experienced Administrator. This role will be responsible for financial reporting and analysis, human resources and payroll, and general management of the firm. This includes managing administrative operations, supervising non-attorney personnel, overseeing the firm’s finance functions, and supervising the facilities and office systems of the firm including limited management of the office building in which the firm is located.

After 34 years of serving in the legal field and 23 years of partnership with Boone Karlberg P.C., Ross Tillman is retiring from the practice of law. Throughout his career, Ross has focused on personal injury litigation, insurance coverage evaluation and litigation, insurance bad faith litigation, and defamation work. In addition to his law practice, Ross has served in the local community as a member of the board of directors for Montana Food Bank Network, volunteered his time at the Missoula Humane Society, and is a licensed foster care provider. Ross also held membership positions within legal organizations such as Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and Defense Research Institute. It is never easy to bid farewell. Ross will be deeply missed, and we wish him all the best along with his wife Marta Pierpoint and his two children Matthew Tillman and Rachel Tillman. We are grateful for Ross’s many accomplishments and his legacy, work ethic, and passion will continue to inspire us well into the future.

Boone Karlberg proudly announces the addition of Cynthia L. Walker, our new Of Counsel Attorney, 

Cindy grew up in Butte and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana in 1990, where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration. She received her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Montana School of Law in 1999. During law school, Cindy was an editor of the Montana Law Review and a teaching assistant for the law school’s legal research and writing program. From August 1999 through July 2000, Cindy clerked for Justice Jim Regnier at the Montana Supreme Court in Helena. Following her clerkship, Cindy was employed as an associate attorney with the Missoula law firm of Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C., for approximately two years and then as an associate attorney in the Missoula office of Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C., for approximately four years, before returning to Butte in February 2006 and joining the firm of Poore, Roth & Robinson, P.C.

 

 

 

Boone Karlberg P.C. is proud to acknowledge shareholders who were selected for recognition of professional excellence by Best Lawyers In America. We congratulate them on receiving these awards.

Randy J. Cox - recognized in 28th edition of The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Insurance, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants and Railroad Law.

William C. Crowley - recognized in 28th edition of The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Civil Rights Law, Litigation - Municipal, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs.

Zach Franz - recognized in the Second Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Litigation - Construction.

Natasha P. Jones - recognized in 28th edition of The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Railroad Law.

Robert J. Sullivan - recognized in 28th edition of The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Labor Law - Union, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Real Estate, and Real Estate Law.

Bob Sullivan is also a recipient of the 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" award for his work in Litigation - Banking and Finance in Missoula. One lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award.

Cindy K. Thiel - recognized in 28th edition of The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Family Law and Family Law Mediation.

Ross Tillman - recognized in 28th edition of The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

 

Boone Karlberg P.C. is proud to recognize five attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2021 Mountain States Super Lawyers publication. Of these, Natash P. Jones was one of five attorneys selected for the Top 50: 2021 Women Mountain States Super Lawyers division.  Randy Cox was selected for the Top 100 2021 Mountain States Lawyers.

 

Randy Cox - Top 100: 2021 Mountain States Lawyers, Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorneys

Natasha P. Jones - Top 50: 2021 Women Mountain  States Super Lawyers, one of 5 Montana lawyers, Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorneys

William C. Crowley - Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney, Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorneys

Matthew B. Hayhurst - Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorneys

Ross D. Tillman - Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorneys

We are seeking qualified candidates for a Litigation Associate Attorney. The position involves working alongside our experienced attorneys to represent the firm’s clients in civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Qualified candidates must have outstanding analytical and writing skills, a strong work ethic and dedication to exceptional client service. Candidates must possess knowledge of Montana law and be admitted to practice in Montana by September 2021.

We are seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Litigation Paralegal. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. Must also possess strong interpersonal, administrative and organizational skills and be able to work independently, as well as part of a team. Candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be proficient with Microsoft including Office Suite and law firm timekeeping software (firm uses Orion). Prior experience is preferred.

 

 

In celebration of 75 years of serving our clients and community, Boone Karlberg P.C. honors the legacy of trusted leadership and professional excellence established first in 1946 by founders Russell E. Smith, William T. Boone, and Jack W. Rimel.

 

For more information about our firm's history and community presence, please visit our Firm page.

Through ranking tables and editorial commentary, Chambers and Partners provides recommendations to assist people with making informed decisions when selecting legal counsel.

Five of our Boone Karlberg shareholders have received individual recognition in recent Chambers and Partners publications:

 

Jaymie Bowditch

Real Estate - Montana - Band 3 - Chambers and Partners USA 2021

James Bowditch is a well-respected practitioner who advises individuals and corporate entities on real estate transactions. He is highly sought after by buy-side clients.

Corporate/M&A - Montana - Band 3 - Chambers and Partners USA 2021

James Bowditch maintains a broad practice, with deal experience ranging from corporate transactions to matters related to real estate. He also has experience in business formation.

 

Randy Cox

Litigation: General Commercial - Montana - Band 1 - Chambers and Partners USA 2021

Randy Cox maintains his position at the forefront of the litigation market, with clients benefiting from his longstanding experience in commercial disputes. He also counsels clients on appellate matters, having advised on cases before the Ninth Circuit and the Montana Supreme Court.

 

Matthew Hayhurst

Litigation: General Commercial - Montana - Band 1 - Chambers and Partners USA 2021

Matthew Hayhurst enjoys an excellent reputation for his abilities in complex commercial disputes, including relating to insurance matters.
"He is an excellent lawyer; he is very knowledgeable and he is a very good communicator." "He is very experienced, very competent and highly respected."

 

Natasha Prinzing Jones

Litigation: General Commercial - Montana - Band 2 - Chambers and Partners USA 2021

Natasha Prinzing Jones continues to excel in high-stakes trial work, with clients seeking out her excellent courtroom advocacy skills. Her wide-ranging practice often sees her take on cases involving product liability claims and insurance coverage matters, among others.

 

Julie Sirrs

Private Wealth Law - Montana - Band 2 - Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2020

Julie Sirrs in Missoula handles estate planning, trust administration and probate, including contentious matters. She also advises on elder law, tax issues and charitable plans.

 

 

 

 

 

Boone Karlberg P.C. received Tier 1 regional rankings in the following areas in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report:

  • Commerical Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Family Law
  • Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law

For a complete list of rankings, please visit the report here.

We are pleased to announce that five attoneys with Boone Karlberg P.C. are recognized in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation:

Randy Cox - Local Litigation Star
William Crowley - Local Litigation Star
Matt Hayhurst - Local Litigation Star
Natasha Jones - Local Litigation Star
Scott Stearns - Future Star

 

Boone Karlberg Practice Areas

Boone Karlberg is a full-service law firm with more than a century of combined legal experience and expertise. We are a leader in providing legal services to clients of all sizes – from large corporations to the individual client. The firm is known for its consistent and successful work across all of its practice areas. Whether a client intends to fully litigate a claim through trial or simply needs legal advice, our attorneys have the experience to accomplish those goals.

Boone Karlberg P.C. is in the business of advocating for and achieving the best possible legal outcome for each client. For those with legal needs, Boone Karlberg strives to deliver superior outcomes through fair-minded, committed advocacy on a range of legal matters.

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At Boone Karlberg, we take pride in doing the things that matter. The things that build client confidence. The things that build trust and help clients achieve their goals. We realize that many attorneys can simply handle your legal needs, but at Boone Karlberg, we take ownership of our clients legal issues and are focused on obtaining the best client results. With vast areas of expertise, our attorneys work as a collaborative team to ensure an effective and agreeable solution.