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I grew up on a farm north of Havre, MT.  Attended the U of MT for undergraduate studies and graduated with High Honors with a Degree in Political Science and minors in History and Economics in 1987.  I went to law school at the U of MT Law School and graduated with Honors in 1990.  I was an associate editor of the law review and I published an article on comparative negligence.  I was also on the Negotiation Team for two years and represented the law school in regional and national competitions.  I started my practice out of law school and have been successfully practicing law since the age of 24.  I have focused my practice on primarily personal injury and commercial litigation for the last fifteen years.  I think the fact that I like to help people makes the practice of law ideal as a career choice. 


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
    26 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 30%
    26 years, 400 cases
  3. General Practice: 5%
    26 years, 1.5 thousand cases



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  • Thomas Charles Orr

    I endorse this lawyer. John is honest, dedicated and diligent. He knows the law and has the skills to get results for his clients. If you use his firm, you can be sure that you will receive the personal attention that you won't in a large firm.


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  • William Edward Rideg

    With decades of experience, there are few attorneys that can provide the wealth of knowledge and expertise of John Velk. I strongly endorse him.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

523 South Orange Street
PO Box 7791
Missoula, MT, 59807


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client Reviewed RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top LawyerWho's Who In American Law2015
Missoula's Best LawyerMissoulian2014
Outstanding Service AwardMissoula Exchange Club2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyThe Law Offices of John Rayburn Velk, P.C.1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Montana State BarMember1990 - Present
Montana Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
Western Montana Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Spraggins vs. State FarmSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Montana Law ReviewComparative Negligence in Montana1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Montana School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferencePersonal Injury Law2014
NBI Seminar on Personal InjuryPersonal Injury2007