Boone Karlberg P.C.
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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

A Gallatin County judge granted Boone Karlberg's motion to dismiss all claims against a Belgrade daycare in regard to an infant’s alleged head injury.  

Attorneys Ross Tillman and Zach Franz filed the motion on behalf of the daycare and its owners, whom the plaintiffs alleged were responsible for a 4-month old's subdural bleeding.  Tillman and Franz took the depositions of 10 witnesses, including treating doctors, law enforcement officers, and state daycare licensors.  Their investigation demonstrated a lack of evidence that the daycare caused the child's medical condition, and established the condition may have arisen naturally.  

In their summary judgment motion, Tillman and Franz argued the plaintiffs had not met the legal burden necessary to support their claims.  After written briefs and an in-person hearing, the District Court judge agreed.  

We are proud to have represented the defendants in this case and are pleased with the favorable outcome.  Read the full Order here.

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.

After 30 years practicing law with Boone Karlberg and volunteering his time in the Missoula community, Dean Stensland has set his sights on a well-deserved retirement.We have benefited from his outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence in all aspects of life. While never easy to bid farewell, we know Dean will not slow down or retire in the traditional sense but merely shift the focus of his considerable talents and boundless energy in pursuit of his other passions. Dean will be deeply missed, and we
wish him all the best as he takes on new challenges and adventures with his amazing wife, Kim, who is herself retiring from an impressive career of serving the community in nursing.We are grateful for everything Dean has accomplished. His work ethic and legacy will inspire us well into the future.

Boone Karlberg P.C. proudly announces the addition of our new Associate Attorney, Rebecca L. Stursberg.

Rebecca L. Stursberg was born and raised in New York City.  She attended college at the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature in 2010.  Following a cross-country road trip, Rebecca ended up in Missoula, fell in love with the community and life in the Rocky Mountain west, and decided to stay.  She attended the University of Montana School of Law, where she worked as an editor on the Montana Law Review, a teaching assistant, and a research assistant.  After graduating with honors in 2019, Rebecca clerked for Justice Beth Baker of the Montana Supreme Court. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, and cooking with her family and friends.

Boone Karlberg P.C. proudly announces the addition of our new Associate Attorney, William T. Casey III.

William T. Casey III was born and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the 2011 National Championship baseball team.  Will attended law school at the University of Montana, graduating with honors in 2019.  During law school, he was a member of the National Trial Competition Team and the recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in Trial Advocacy.  After law school, Will clerked for Judge Sam E. Haddon, United States District Court for the District of Montana.  Will is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time fly fishing, hunting, and skiing.

 

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 P.C. is proud to announce that 8 of our attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers In America®.

 

James A. Bowditch

Randy J. Cox

William L. Crowley

Matthew B. Hayhurst

Natasha P. Jones

Scott M. Stearns

Dean A. Stensland

Robert J. Sullivan

Cindy K. Thiel

 

Boone Karlberg’s tradition of legal excellence stretches back for 74 years and will continue well into the future with the addition of our newest associate attorney Alison R. Potts. Alison is a 2019 graduate of the University of Montana where she graduated with her JD and MBA. Alison’s practice focuses primarily on family law, but also includes business, real property, and estate planning. Alison was raised on the Connecticut shoreline but moved to Montana to attend Montana State University. While in the joint JD-MBA program, Alison interned for a Missoula law firm, was a graduate student fellow at the Missoula Economic Partnership, and completed her clinical internship at the University of Montana Office of Legal Counsel. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on the trails of Montana hiking with her dogs or riding her horses, pushing herself outside of her comfort zone by learning to rock climb, and trying out new recipes in her kitchen.

Boone Karlberg is proud to highlight the article "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Charitable Giving Impact and Planning Strategies" published by our shareholder, Julie R. Sirrs. The article was published in a recent ABA publication Probate & Property.

Boone Karlberg P.C. is one of three nominees for the "Montana Firm of the Year" award with Benchmark Litigation. Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to the world's leading litigation law firms. The award will be given at the 2020 Annual Awards Gala in March. A shortlist of the West Coast nominees can be found at here.

Boone Karlberg P.C. is proud to introduce our newest partner and shareholder, Zach Franz.  Zach studied journalism at the University of Montana, then covered the “cops and courts” beat for the Great Falls Tribune before returning to Missoula for law school.  After law school, Zach served as a law clerk to the Hon. Keith Strong, federal magistrate judge.  Zach married his wife, Allison, during the clerkship.  They have two spirited daughters, Lily and Nora.  Zach was a legal intern at Boone Karlberg during law school and returned to the firm as an associate in 2014.  His practice focuses on litigation defense.

Boone Karlberg’s tradition of legal excellence stretches back for 73 years and will continue well into the future with the addition of our newest associate attorney Evan B. Coren. Evan’s practice is devoted primarily to business and real estate transactions, bankruptcy matters and commercial litigation. Evan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago and earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2013. After law school, Evan joined a Philadelphia-based litigation boutique, where his practice focused on litigation involving financial institutions, real estate and bankruptcy trustees. Evan went on to clerk with the Honorable James J. Tancredi, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut, and later joined a large law firm, where he represented creditors and debtors in connection with bankruptcy reorganizations, liquidations and related transactions. Evan spends his free time on the trails and rivers of Montana with his wife, Clare, and their two rambunctious Australian Shepherds.

Randy J. Cox of Boone Karlberg P.C. has been admitted to membership in the International Society of Barristers (ISOB).  Membership is attained by invitation extended only after a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges in jurisdictions in which the lawyer has practiced.  ISOB members mutually support common goals – safeguarding the right to trial by jury, improving advocacy, recognizing courtroom advocacy as a specialty, encouraging and promoting ethical conduct in litigation and protecting the rights of citizens in the judicial process.  Randy has advocated on behalf of clients in a wide range of legal areas in state and federal courts across Montana.  In addition, he has been devoted to teaching trial advocacy through trial colleges in Montana and Texas, coaching the University of Montana Law School trial competition teams and teaching at dozens of legal education programs in Montana, California, Utah, Idaho, Kansas and Quebec, Canada.  Randy will be formally inducted to ISOB in March, 2020, in South Carolina.

Boone Karlberg P.C. is pleased to announce three of our attorneys received the 2020 Lawyer of the Year awards through Best Lawyers.

Matt Hayhurst, 2020 Lawyer of the Year award for his work in Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Dean Stensland, 2020 Lawyer of the Year award for his work in Litigation - Real Estate

Bob Sullivan, 2020 Lawyer of the Year  for his work in Litigation - Banking and Finance

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award.

 

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.