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  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Contracts: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
  4. Appeals: 5%
  5. Probate: 5%

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Po Box 1766
309 1st Ave N
Great Falls, MT, 59403-1766


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Service Recognition AwardUnited Way of Cascade County2014
Recognition of Outstanding ServiceNational Conference of Bar Presidnets2014
Fellows of the American Bar FoundationAmerican Bar Foundation2012
Distinguished Service AwardState Bar of Montana2012
Order of the BarristerGonzaga University School of Law1985
Carl J. Lindberg Loyalty AwardGonzaga University1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSullivan Law2013 - 2016
PartnerDeschenes and Sullivan2003 - 2013
PartnerEmmons and Sullivan1992 - 2003
AssociateEmmons and Coder1987 - 1992
AssociateO’Donnell, Ramis, Elliot, and Crew1985 - 1987
Systems AnalystMartin Marietta (Lockheed/Martin)1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Montana Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Cascade County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Montana State BarPast President1987 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1985 - Present
National Conference of Bar PresidentsExecutive Counsel Member2011 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Montana State BarThe Montana Citizen’s Guide to the Courts - Contributing Editor2012
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“When Bench and Bar Get Together”2011
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“The Future of the Bar, Ours to Shape”2011
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“New Methods of Mentoring”2011
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“The Need for Education”2011
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“Where Do We Go From Here?”2011
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“We Must Persist ‘til Justice Triumphs”2011
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“We Need to Laugh at Ourselves”2010
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“What Have You Done for Me Lately”2010
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“Ghost Writers in the Big Sky”2010
Montana Lawyer - “President’s Message”“Coffee, Donuts, and Civility”2010
Montana State BarMontana Guide to Turning 18 - Contributing Editor2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Gonzaga UniversityMathematicsBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 State Bar Board of Trustees Meeting: AnacondaPresentation on ABA Ethics 20/20 - Speaker2015
2015 State Bar Annual Meeting: MissoulaState of the Law in Montana – Moderator2015
2015 NCBP Midyear Meeting: HoustonUnified Bar Issues - Moderator2015
2015 NCBP Annual Meeting: ChicagoState Bar Roundtables: Our time to talk - Moderator2015
2015 NCBP Annual Meeting: ChicagoA Discussion of Unified Bar Issues – Moderator2015
2014 State Bar Meeting: Big SkyMontana Supreme Court Argument: Post Argument Student Program - Moderator2014
2014 NCBP Midyear Meeting: ChicagoNCBP Breakout Discussion Session for State Bar Leaders - Moderator2014
2014 NCBP Annual Meeting: BostonNCBP Breakout Discussion Session for State Bar Leaders - Moderator2014
2013 State Bar Annual Meeting21st Century Discovery - Speaker2013
2013 NCBP Midyear Meeting: DallasQuick Hits - New Lawyer Services to Attract and Retain Members - Panelist2013
2013 NCBP Annual Meeting: San FranciscoNCBP Breakout Discussion Session: When the Rubber Hits the Road - Moderator2013
2013 Annual Dispute Resolutions CLE: Issues, Ethics, and Opportunities in Dispute Resolution: BozemanArbitration and Mediation Opportunities - Speaker2013
2013 Annual CLE and SKI: Big SkyThe Evolution of Practicing Law in 2013: Ethically and Competently - Speaker2013
2013 Annual CLE and SKI: Big SkyFamily Corporations: 20+ Years Out - Speaker2013
2012 Law School PresentationE-Discovery, Legal Research, Use of Technology, and Social Media - Speaker2012
2012 Judicial Conference: BozemanJudicial Presentation on Technology - Speaker and Moderator2012
2011 State Bar Annual Meeting: KalispellAppellate Practice Before the Montana Supreme Court - Faculty and Moderator2011
2011 Law School PresentationTechnology in a Trial Setting - Speaker2011
2011 Judicial Conference: MissoulaSocial Media, Internet, and Court Room Presentations - Speaker and Moderator2011