Tal is an attorney-at-law practicing throughout the State of Montana. His primary, full-time, practice is as a civil rights attorney with Disability Rights Montana (DRM), a federally funded non-profit mandated to protect the human, civil and legal rights of Montanans with disabilities. Tal is the supervising attorney for DRM’s education unit, which works to protect the rights of children with disabilities to a free appropriate public education using the full range of legal tools.
Tal also maintains a part-time private practice, called The Resolutions Project, limited solely to assisting parties in resolving disputes through non-court alternatives, including mediation, settlement conference, and Collaborative Law (CL). Prior to joining DRM, Tal spent over five years in private practice with an established medium-sized Missoula law firm where he handled family law, real estate and small business litigation and transactions.
Tal is formally trained in mediation and was the first attorney in Western Montana to receive training in and practice CL. Tal was instrumental in bringing CL to Montana, including as the lead advocate for successful passage of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) in the 2015 Montana Legislature. He is the founding vice-president of Montana Collaborative Professionals, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness and use of CL in Montana.
Tal earned his law degree from University of Montana, School of Law (UMSL) and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude in Entertainment Design and Technology from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at the State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase College. During law school Tal served on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team twice; received honorary membership in the Order of Barristers; was a semi-finalist in the ABA Pacific Region Client Counseling Competition; served on the board of the Student Bar Association; and was a graduate teaching assistant in constitutional law. Following law school, Tal co-coached the Jessup Moot Court team for three years, and was an adjunct professor in the moot court program.
Tal is the past president of the Western Montana Bar Association and a 2013 fellow of the New Leader’s Council. Prior to his legal career, Tal had an active career as a freelance art director, project manager and scenic/production designer for film, television, theatre and live events. He lives in Helena, MT with his wife and two young children. He is also licensed to practice law in Washington State.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 10 Best Briefs, Pacific Region||Jessup International Moot Court Competition||2009|
|Attorney||Wells & McKittrick, PC||2009 - Present|
|Teaching Assistant in Constitutional Law||University Of Montana School Of Law||2008 - 2008|
|Legal Intern, Crimes Against Children||Kings County D.A.||2008 - 2008|
|Development Intern||Kings County D.A.||2005 - 2006|
|Freelance Designer, Art Director and Project Manager||Tal Goldin Design||2000 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Leaders Counsel||Fellow||2013 - Present|
|Western Montana Bar Association||Vice President||2012 - Present|
|Missoula County Community Dispute Resolution Center||Volunteer Mediator||2012 - Present|
|Missoula County Crime Victims Advocate||Volunteer Attorney||2012 - Present|
|Order of Barristers||Member||2009 - Present|
|University of Montana||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Working with Pro Se Litigants||Legal ethics||2013|
|Family Law in a Nutshell||Family Law||2012|