Lon Dale

Milodragovich, Dale & Steinbrenner, P.C.
P.O. Box 4947
Missoula, MT 59806
406-728-1455
www.bigskylawyers.com


Mr. Dale's emphasis is in civil litigation including vehicular litigation, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, product liability, real estate litigation, workers' compensation and Indian law.

Mr. Dale's practice includes the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation settings. Representing plaintiffs, businesses, insurance companies, and defendants in numerous litigation cases in Montana state courts, Montana Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts in Montana, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court provides a wide scope of experience beneficial to any entity involved in civil litigation.

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Representative Cases

Dukes v. City of Missoula, 2003 MT 152 -- Preemption precluded for OSHA violations.

Oliver v. Stimson, 1999 MT 328 -- Established spoliation as separate remedy.

Hunt v. K-Mart Corporation, 1999 Mont. 125 -- Largest plaintiff's verdict in Ravalli County.

Larson v. Squire Shops, Inc., 228 Mont. 377, 742 P.2d 1003 (1987) -- Leading case for workers compensation domiciliary care.

Britton v. Farmers Insurance Group (Truck Insurance Exchange), 221 Mont. 67, 721 P.2d 303 (1986) -- Leading case on bad faith.

Workman v. McIntyre Construction, et. al., 190 Mont. 5, 617 P.2d 1281 (1980) -- Changed Montana's case law on demonstrative evidence.

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Bar Admissions

State Bar of Montana - 1971

All United States District Courts in Montana

United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

U. S. Supreme Court

Certain tribal courts

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Education

J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 1971

B.S. from the University of Montana in 1968

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Awards and Recognitions

AV Peer Review Rated

Member by Invitation - American Board of Trial Advocates Montana Chapter

Mountain States Super Lawyers Listing for General Litigation, 2007 and 2008

Seriously Outstanding only 5% selected each year; visit superlawyers.com

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Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates

Western Montana Bar Association

American Bar Association - Section on Tort and Insurance Practice

Defense Research Institute

State Bar of Montana

American Association for Justice

Montana Trial Lawyers Association

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Super lawyers for Mountain West region for 2009

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Community Involvement

Rotary International

Former deputy county attorney

President of Hellgate Civilian Shooters Association

Member and past senior warden of vestry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

Former director Five Valleys Crimestoppers

Former president of the Western Montana Bar Association

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Personal

Mr. Dale was born in Great Falls, Montana. Both of his maternal and paternal grandparents were homesteaders in North Central Montana, and his family still owns farm property in Teton County near Choteau.

During law school Mr. Dale was employed as a U.S. Forest Service smokejumper during the summers, and also served as a corporate director for the National Smokejumper Association.

His wife, Pam Dale, recently retired from a thirty year career as a high school teacher. They have two sons, Kyle and Blane. Kyle is a board certified radiologist who is currently in a fellowship at the Medical Center of South Carolina in Charleston. Blane is a civil engineer employed with an environmental firm in Missoula.

Mr. Dale's recreational pursuits include big game hunting, upland bird hunting, water fowl hunting, bird dog training, and fishing. He holds life memberships in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Trout Unlimited, and is a regular member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Pheasants Forever, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Ducks Unlimited.