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William L. MacBride, Jr

Intellectual property Attorney at Bozeman, MT

5.0   24 reviews

About William

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     Bill is the founder of MacBride Law, PLLC, in Bozeman, Montana, where he is expanding his patent and trademark practice, among other areeas of law. Prior to founding MacBride Law, Mr. MacBride spend 21 years as a partner at the Helena, MT based firm Gough, Shanahan, Johnson and Waterman (GSJW). Before GSJW, Bill spent 6 years as an Attorney and Landman with Denver, CO based Gold Fields Mining Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Gold Fields of London, UK, representing Gold Fields in Canada, Taiwan and throughout the US. He brought to that company his 11 years of experience as a petroleum geologist, primarily with Pennzoil Company. He believes that his corporate and practical background is invaluable in providing effective representation to its clients.

     Bill specializes in business organization, natural resources, real property, intellectual property (copyrights, patents and trademarks) and immigration laws.   His federal practice areas (immigration, unpatented mining claims, as well as intellectual property) allow him to serve clients throughout the US.  

     Bill is a member of the Colorado (now inactive) and Montana Bar Associations and a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is an active member of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Rotary International. He was a co-founder of the City of Helena International Affairs Council and was, for many years, on the board of World Montana (the Montana Center for International Visitors) serving two terms as President, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Foundation (serving the Grant Kohrs National Historic Ranch), and the University of Helena-Montana Foundation Board (serving two years as President).  He is active with the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce and Prospera Business Network.   Bill is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines (BS Geol. Engr.), University of Houston (MBA) and University of Denver (JD).

 

                        

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State MT
Status Resigned/Retired
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/14/2022
State CO
Status Withdrawn
Acquired 1985
Updated 10/04/2022

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MacBride Law, PLLC
2066 Stadium Drive, Ste. 101
Bozeman, MT, 59715

Reviews

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Posted by David | July 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful
I have consulted Bill a number of times for different legal issues, both professionally and personally. Professionally, he obtained and finalized a suitable trademark for a non-profit organization that we were both affiliated. He was diligent but also efficient, and made sure all documentation was completed. Personally, he connected me with several attorneys in Helena to assist me on matters regarding family law. His connection's assistance was particularly helpful in resolving our issue. In addition, he was willing to make trips and calls these connections to help facilitate and follow-up.
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Posted by Christopher | June 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth and responsive
Bill has been great to work with and has delivered promptly in all of his commitments. Glad we worked together
Posted by Charles | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patent
William McBride is a very knowledgeable & capable attorney whose attention to detail helped me secure my patent in a very short time. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
good lawyer
everything was great and he was very understanding.
Posted by Steve | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prepared Estate Will
Bill took my wife and I through the process of developin a Will for the handling of our estate. He was very thorough and professional through the process and we ended up with a product which can be easily enhanced if some of the elements covered change over time. He could have spent some additional time discussing personal wishes such as burial preferences but the end product addressed the issues we had voiced concerns about in the beginning.
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Posted by Dave | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great!!!
Mr. MacBride was very understanding and took his time getting to know what I really needed in the matter that I hired him to do. He is a very compassionate man and does know what he is doing. I would recommend him for any matters in intellectual property matters. Dave
Posted by Deanna | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent choice
Bill has helped us with a couple projects over the years. He is very knowledgeable, detail oriented, professional, and above all he really cares about his clients. We recommend Bill to all our clients who need this type of service.
Posted by Christie | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, knowledgible and Friendly
Mr. MacBride (Bill) is down to earth, friendly, approachable, and trustworthy. He helped me through the trademark process and was in communication with me at every step. His estimate of costs was very accurate.
Posted by Charles | April 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
William L. MacBride, Jr
Mr. MacBride worked with our probate attorney to draft the preliminary and final copyright agreements in our legal disputes over certain copyright issues concerning the estate of a friend who had left the rights to her music and other intellectual properties to myself. The final outcomes were entirely satisfactory to myself and all parties concerned. We found Mr. MacBride to be knowledgeable, personable, and easy to communicate with. We later consulted with him on some questions concerning certain copyright issues involving the above-mentioned materials, and were again thoroughly satisfied with our interactions with him. We would not hesitate to recommend his services to those seeking help and/or advice on copyright matters.
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Posted by Ellen | March 10, 2017
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Service
Bill is awesome! He helped me out on a last minute issue and made me feel confident that things were handled properly.
Posted by Pat | February 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal services
Bill MacBride is an excellent man and attorney. He reminds me of old Montana. If Bill says he can get it done, he will. Quit looking in the phone book. You just found your man.
Posted by mike | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
patent acquisition
did what he said he was going to do when he said he would. very straight talking.
Posted by Ron | February 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Solid legal advice with integrity.
I have benefited from the solid legal advice received from Bill during our association of nearly 20 years. He has provided excellent legal research and opinion in the areas of not-for-profit organization bylaws, intellectual property, copyright and service marks, and immigration. He is very forthright and cordial with his interpersonal communications. I have recommended Bill to several friends and associates over the years and all have been very pleased and satisfied with his legal expertise and services. It is my pleasure to give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Lowell | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent counsel
I have depended on Bills excellent advice for going on twelve years. Bill has generated contracts, filed patents,and given me advice on numerous topics. I could go on for days praising Bills genius,truly a one of a kind!
Posted by Bill | February 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quality legal service
I have used Bill MacBride for my legal services for nearly 20 years. He has provided me with quality services for me personally and for my business. The work has ranged from consultations on natural resource issues to organizing the legal entity for my consulting company. Bill is always on point and is current with the changing rules and laws that impact my business. His contacts in the Montana legal community are exceptional. I will continue to use Bill well into the future.
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Posted by Carey | February 7, 2017
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End of life planning assistance
My parents used Bill MacBride for estate planning purposes. As the appointed executors of my parents' estate, he instructed both my sister and me on our responsibilities as our parents' personal representatives with regard to their last will and testaments and in our duties as the designated agents of their property and health care decisions. As my parents' health has declined, my sister and I now find ourselves in the position of having to make difficult decisions regarding our parents' health care and the disposition of their assets. In this area, Bill has been especially helpful and considerate in providing guidance on matters of import. I am very grateful that we met Bill. We could not have asked for a better counselor. He has been of great value to my sister and I as we navigate this final stage of life for our parents.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
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Saved My Family Medical Insurance
Bill saved my health insurance--that was about to terminate during transition from one major carrier to another major carrier. The terminating carrier decided to stop doing business in our state and Bill saw to it the new company would provide insurance.
Posted by Keith | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Multiple reviews over 15 years previously
Very thorough, careful, considerate and aware of all possible issues and complications that may arise from immediate documents or associated, related or unrelated issues involving other agreements or companies.
Posted by Wayne Gardella | January 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Legal Services
William Macbride is a customer service focused lawyer. It is so refreshing that a lawyer returns calls in a timely manner, something that I am not accustomed to with other lawyers. His advice, honesty and professionalism is top shelf.
Posted by Canada John | November 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Definitely Call Bill!
I have consulted with Bill for both his immigration and trademark expertise. Bill is very knowledgeable, approachable and very good at articulating his legal advice. I would recommend Bill to anyone. If you have an immigration scenario definitely call Bill. or If you are looking to protect your brand or intellectual property definitely call Bill.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-325 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • MacBride Law, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Management Committee
  • Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Adjunct Professor/Instructor Bus Law
  • Montana Tech
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Adjunct Professor/Instructor Bus Law
  • Helena Collage
  • 1998 - 2005
  • partner
  • Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman
  • 1994 - 2015
  • Adjunct Professor/Instructor Nat Res Law
  • Universtiy of Denver Graduate School
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Adjunct Professor/Instructor Envir Law
  • Community College Of Aurora
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Attorney/Landman
  • Gold Fields Mining Company
  • 1988 - 1993
  • attorney
  • Private Practice Law Firm
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Geologist
  • Scientific Software - Intercomp
  • 1981 - 1984
  • Geologist
  • Pennzoil Compny
  • 1974 - 1981
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Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Houston
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1979
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Mechanical Patent Issued
  • Patent Granted.
  • Copyright Registration Granted
  • Copyright Registration Issued.
  • Divisional patent Application
  • Regular, Parent and Divisional Patents obtained.
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Montana High Tech Business Alliance
  • member
  • 2016 - Present
  • WorldMontana
  • President of Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Montana State Bar
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Montana State Bar Intellectual Property Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bozeman Chamber of Commerce
  • member
  • N/A
  • Helena College Foundation
  • President of Board
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Grant Kohrs Ranch Foundation
  • Board member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Rotary Club of Helena
  • Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Helena International Affairs Council
  • Chairman
  • 2001 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Hall of Fame Indictee - Law
  • Hatboro-Horsham High School
  • 1999
  • Corporations
  • Corpus Juris
  • 1984

Publications

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Inst.
  • Mining Law Update
  • 1996
  • Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation, updates
  • Chapter 59, Checklist of Copyright Causes of Action and Defenses
  • 1992
  • Big Foot Press
  • Summary Judgments in Patent Law
  • 1990
  • J. of Petro. Tech., Vol. 38, No. 7
  • Field Study of the Shuaiba Reservoir of the Yibal Field
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Helena Photography Society Meeting
  • Copyright Law Basics
  • 2015
  • 2014 Seminar
  • Intellectual Property Law Basics
  • 2014
  • 2013 Seminar
  • Intellectual Property Law Basics
  • 2013
  • Helena Mineral Society Meeting
  • Basic Review of US mining Laws
  • 2011
  • Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Intellectual Property Seminar
  • Intellectual Property Law Basics in 2 Parts
  • 2010
  • Gov. Conf. on Fd. Manf. & Mktg.
  • Legal Issues Affecting Montana Companies
  • 2003
  • Rocky Mountain Trade Corridor Conf
  • U.S. Customs and Immigration
  • 1998
  • Presentation to China Ministry of Land and Resources
  • Economic Evaluation Program
  • 1997
  • China Mineral Title Seminar
  • Mineral Title Seminar, “Successful Legal Framework” and “Conflicting East/West Goals
  • 1997
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Inst.
  • Mining Law Update
  • 1996
  • Denver Mining Club Meeting
  • The Cumulative Impact Analysis for an Environmental Assessment Under NEPA: How Much is Enough for Exploration and Mining Permits? Updated
  • 1994
  • Natl. Western Mining Conf.
  • The Cumulative Impact Analysis for an Environmental Assessment Under NEPA: How Much is Enough for Exploration and Mining Permits?
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Friend
"Bill has a great personality and expertise in many areas of the law, including intellectual property. He provides an indispensable service to inventors and entrepreneurs in Montana."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill is a fine man with important expertise in immigration law."
Patent application Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bill is a very detailed and thoughtful attorney. His knowledge in patent law is vast. He is also just a really pleasant person who is easy to work with while at the same time makes sure the job is done correctly."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reserve. Bill was a fellow partner with me for many years and now a legal resource. Bill combines a thorough knowledge of his areas of practice as well as an exemplary professional approach to it."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is quite skilled in trademark and copyright law (as well as other areas of practice) and is easy to deal with."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a great advocate and will go above and beyond to find a solution for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is smart and thorough. Among his many areas of expertise, he knows immigration and patent and trademark law. We represented a common client in a business buysell and he has done immigration work for me. He has provided patent work for one of my own clients. He is especially expert on mining law."
Business Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a great lawyer. He is very hard-working and focused. He brings excellent candor and wit to resolving problems and finding solutions for his clients."
Business Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill did work for our business over the course of several years. Bill's expertise was the reason his services were valuable to us and we valued his assistance."
Patent application Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked closely with Bill MacBride on patent applications and his expertise and attention to detail are exemplary. Bill keeps the client appraised of the application's status during the application process and works efficiently and effectively."
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