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Labor & Employment — Montana


Crowley Fleck PLLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading team renowned for its representation of employers in an array of issues, encompassing contentious and noncontentious matters at both the federal and state levels. Regularly mandated by major employers to handle matters relating to ERISA, discrimination, employment benefits and workforce management. Well placed to advise on employment manuals and contracts, as well as wrongful discharge claims and pay disputes.

Notable practitioners

Steven Lehman regularly advises clients on an array of employment issues and has extensive experience in employment litigation. He is especially well placed to handle discrimination and wrongful discharge claims and is highlighted in the market for his strong track record representing clients before the Supreme Court.

Joe Maynard maintains a strong litigation practice and focuses primarily on defending clients in workers' compensation claims. He has additional expertise in utility-based personal injury and medical malpractice matters.

Marcia Davenport has considerable experience advising clients in labor and employment disputes. She also has expertise in professional licensing matters, bad faith litigation and product liability claims.

Interviewees appreciate Michael Green's ability to provide excellent client service, noting: "He is very smart, very available and very good at providing us with advice." He has notable experience advising clients on contentious employment matters, including wrongful discharge and discrimination cases.

Christopher Oliveira focuses his practice on defending employers in discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. Interviewees praise his ability to build strong relationships with clients, noting: "He is knowledgeable, conscientious and does a good job."

About the Team (content provided by Crowley Fleck PLLP)

Employment Practice Group lawyers assist employers in understanding their rights and obligations under a broad array of federal and state employment laws, including ERISA and other matters involving employment benefits. Attorneys in this group are dedicated to helping employers develop and implement sound employment and benefits policies, follow best employment practices and maintain stable and dedicated workforces. We strive to help our clients avoid claims and disputes, but when litigation or other contested matters arise, we provide vigorous and capable representation. We also defend workers compensation insurers and advise on a broad variety of workers compensation issues.

Attorneys in this group have successfully represented employers in federal and state courts, administrative investigations and contested federal and state administrative hearings. They regularly speak on, and publish articles related to, a broad variety of employment topics, including new developments in the law.

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Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC - Labor & Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice that is well regarded for its ability to handle a breadth of issues such as occupational diseases, wrongful discharge, workers' compensation, unemployment benefits and discrimination. Known for its focus on managing and settling disputes prior to litigation. Regularly advises clients from the healthcare sector on employee contracts and terminations.

Strengths One client praises the firm for its "high-quality legal services and its genuine concern for the needs of the client."

Another interviewee enthuses: "I would highly recommend them without reservation."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Oliver Goe has considerable experience assisting clients from the healthcare, insurance and governmental sectors with an array of employment litigation matters. He frequently handles discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, as well as FMLA matters and workers' compensation disputes.

Leo Ward has a strong employment litigation practice which focuses on the defense of employers in discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. He is well placed to assist clients from the insurance and power industries, and also handles workers' compensation claims on behalf of local governmental entities.

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Christensen & Prezeau, PLLP - Labor & Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact practice that provides preemptive employment counsel covering the full gamut of issues, including wrongful discharge, workplace investigations, and wage and hour matters. Possesses experience representing both employers and employees in mandates before state and federal courts. Strong track record for advising private sector clients from the healthcare and construction sectors.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Amy Christensen divides her time between representing clients in employment litigation and advising on compliance issues and workplace investigations. She has considerable expertise in matters relating to discrimination, professional licensing and disability accommodation. Interviewees rate her highly, with one source noting that she is "very timely and good to work with," adding: "She knows her stuff."

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Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP - Labor & Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded group offering a full spectrum of labor and employment services, both contentious and noncontentious. Operates on behalf of major employers providing advice on matters such as collective bargaining agreements, employment discrimination claims and ERISA disputes. Also possesses experience advising on contractual matters, FMLA claims and workplace policies.

Strengths Interviewees note that the firm is "well regarded" in this space, highlighting its longstanding presence in Missoula as a key strength.

Notable practitioners

Missoula-based practitioner Candace Fetscher has a diverse litigation practice with a strong focus on contentious employment matters. She also handles medical malpractice and healthcare-related cases.

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Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP, offers a large, dynamic employment law practice serving the state of Montana. We advise employers ranging in size from small start-up businesses to large, national corporations. Our attorneys provide legal representation in all areas of employment and labor law, from transactional work to arbitration, mediation and litigation, including:

  • Employee contract negotiation and drafting
  • Collective bargaining agreements negotiation and drafting
  • Employment handbook and policy review and creation
  • Employment discrimination claims
  • Sexual harassment defense
  • Disability discrimination claims
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims
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  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disputes
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) claims
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Collective bargaining arbitration
  • Labor relations management
  • Title VII/Title IX/Montana Human Rights Act
  • NLRB elections and unfair labor practices

Our attorneys often serve as mediators in employment disputes. We frequently host mediations and settlement conferences, and video conferencing is also available for clients who are not able to come into our offices.

The attorneys in our employment practice group are dedicated to helping businesses avoid employment-related legal battles. We conduct workplace training sessions and workplace investigations for employers and host free employment law seminars for clients and other interested employers.

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Hattersley Walter, PLLP - Labor & Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly thought of group with experience counseling on a spectrum of labor and employment-related issues. Noted for its expertise in a range of claims such as wrongful termination and discrimination matters, and also advises clients on the contractual status of employees, whistle-blowing, noncompete agreements and tort claims. Serves clients from its offices in Helena and Billings.

Notable practitioners

Longstanding practitioner Thomas Hattersley has decades of experience assisting clients with a wide range of employment and litigation matters. He frequently advises on cases relating to workplace safety and wage laws. He is deeply respected by his peers in the market and commentators refer to him as "a very good practitioner."

Teri Walter is singled out by interviewees as an "outstanding practitioner," with expertise in contentious and noncontentious employment matters. One impressed source notes: "She is very knowledgeable, very thorough in her work and analysis, very competent and does a nice job for her clients."

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Holland & Hart LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Skilled team with experience handling an array of contentious and noncontentious employment matters, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, labor relations and employment agreements. Also provides advice on the negotiation of severance packages and the design of equity compensation programs.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Nedrow is regularly instructed to advise clients on employee benefits, ERISA and executive compensation matters, with additional experience in succession strategies and tax compliance. Interviewees describe her as "a very good lawyer," highlighting her strong focus on employee benefits work.

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Brown Law Firm PC - Labor & Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Billings and Missoula-based group notable for its practice advising clients from both the private and public sectors, on a spectrum of labor and employment-based issues such as race and gender discrimination and workers' compensation claims, alongside FELA-related mandates.

Strengths Interviewees report that the firm has a "really strong reputation" for handling work on behalf of clients in Billings.

Notable practitioners

Michael Heringer maintains a broad civil litigation practice with particular expertise in employment defense work. Interviewees highlight his strong focus on workers' compensation matters, remarking that he is "a great guy and a good lawyer."

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Worden Thane PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team that handles labor and employment-focused matters. Regularly provides counsel on wage and hour matters, discrimination and workers' compensation claims, alongside handling issues pertaining to contract terminations and union negotiations.

Strengths Sources are quick to highlight the firm's "very strong reputation in the field of employment law."

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Ronald Bender is described by interviewees as being "super knowledgeable" in the field of employment litigation. He is highlighted for his longstanding experience in this space, with one source noting: "He has been around a long time and is very well respected."

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Band 1

Amy D Christensen

Christensen & Prezeau, PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Amy Christensen divides her time between representing clients in employment litigation and advising on compliance issues and workplace investigations. She has considerable expertise in matters relating to discrimination, professional licensing and disability accommodation. Interviewees rate her highly, with one source noting that she is "very timely and good to work with," adding: "She knows her stuff."

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Band 1

Crist, Krogh & Nord, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The highly respected John Crist of Crist, Krogh & Nord, LLC has a broad-based employment practice which includes representing clients in wrongful termination and discrimination disputes. He also acts for clients in construction and personal injury cases. Market commentators highlight him as "an excellent lawyer."

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Band 1

Faure Holden PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jean Faure of Faure Holden PC garners enthusiastic praise from interviewees, with one source noting that "she is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers I know and does an outstanding job for her clients." She has more than 30 years of experience in the labor and employment arena and focuses her practice on representing public and private employers in disputes concerning wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour issues.

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Thomas E Hattersley III

Hattersley Walter, PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Longstanding practitioner Thomas Hattersley has decades of experience assisting clients with a wide range of employment and litigation matters. He frequently advises on cases relating to workplace safety and wage laws. He is deeply respected by his peers in the market and commentators refer to him as "a very good practitioner."

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Band 1

Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Lehman regularly advises clients on an array of employment issues and has extensive experience in employment litigation. He is especially well placed to handle discrimination and wrongful discharge claims and is highlighted in the market for his strong track record representing clients before the Supreme Court.

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Band 2

Worden Thane PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Esteemed practitioner Ronald Bender is described by interviewees as being "super knowledgeable" in the field of employment litigation. He is highlighted for his longstanding experience in this space, with one source noting: "He has been around a long time and is very well respected."

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Band 2

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Missoula-based practitioner Candace Fetscher has a diverse litigation practice with a strong focus on contentious employment matters. She also handles medical malpractice and healthcare-related cases.

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Band 2

William Andrew Forsythe

Moulton Bellingham PC

From the Chambers USA guide

William Andrew Forsythe of Moulton Bellingham PC is highlighted for his extensive experience in the labor and employment space and is described by interviewees as an "excellent and technically very good lawyer." He focuses his practice on employment litigation and frequently represents clients from the healthcare sector.

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Band 2

Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Oliver Goe has considerable experience assisting clients from the healthcare, insurance and governmental sectors with an array of employment litigation matters. He frequently handles discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, as well as FMLA matters and workers' compensation disputes.

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Band 2

Brown Law Firm PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Heringer maintains a broad civil litigation practice with particular expertise in employment defense work. Interviewees highlight his strong focus on workers' compensation matters, remarking that he is "a great guy and a good lawyer."

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Band 2

Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joe Maynard maintains a strong litigation practice and focuses primarily on defending clients in workers' compensation claims. He has additional expertise in utility-based personal injury and medical malpractice matters.

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Band 2

McLean & Associates, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department David McLean of McLean & Associates, PLLC is lauded by clients, who highlight his responsive, practical approach and his excellent track record in employment litigation. One source enthuses: "His work is of the highest quality, he is tenacious in his approach, and he has the background and experience to take on different issues around employment law and HR issues." He frequently handles discrimination and wage and hour disputes as well as FMLA matters and contract issues. Of late, he defended St. Peter's Hospital against a claim of alleged discrimination and retaliation brought by an employee.

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Band 2

Ritchie Manning LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees are quick to highlight Jason Ritchie of Ritchie Manning LLP as an "outstanding labor and employment lawyer," noting that "he knows the substantive law very well, is a great advocate for his clients and understands practical solutions." He regularly handles workplace investigations and employment litigation and is singled out by market commentators for his experience in discrimination cases.

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Band 2

Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Leo Ward has a strong employment litigation practice which focuses on the defense of employers in discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. He is well placed to assist clients from the insurance and power industries, and also handles workers' compensation claims on behalf of local governmental entities.

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Band 3

Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marcia Davenport has considerable experience advising clients in labor and employment disputes. She also has expertise in professional licensing matters, bad faith litigation and product liability claims.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees appreciate Michael Green's ability to provide excellent client service, noting: "He is very smart, very available and very good at providing us with advice." He has notable experience advising clients on contentious employment matters, including wrongful discharge and discrimination cases.

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Band 3

Charles Hansberry

Hansberry & Jourdonnais, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Hansberry of Hansberry & Jourdonnais, PLLC possesses considerable experience handling employment litigation matters before both state and federal courts. He is also well placed to advise clients in employment-related arbitrations.

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Band 3

Elizabeth A Nedrow

Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Nedrow is regularly instructed to advise clients on employee benefits, ERISA and executive compensation matters, with additional experience in succession strategies and tax compliance. Interviewees describe her as "a very good lawyer," highlighting her strong focus on employee benefits work.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Hattersley Walter, PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Teri Walter is singled out by interviewees as an "outstanding practitioner," with expertise in contentious and noncontentious employment matters. One impressed source notes: "She is very knowledgeable, very thorough in her work and analysis, very competent and does a nice job for her clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Wills Law Firm, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Wills of Wills Law Firm, P.C. has considerable experience advising clients in the labor and employment space. Interviewees are quick to highlight his expertise in workers' compensation matters.

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Up and Coming

Christopher Oliveira

Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Oliveira focuses his practice on defending employers in discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. Interviewees praise his ability to build strong relationships with clients, noting: "He is knowledgeable, conscientious and does a good job."

^ See whole ranking table