Lon J. Dale

Lon J. Dale

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Missoula, MT

Milodragovich, Dale & Steinbrenner P.C.
 | 620 High Park Way, PO Box 4947
Missoula, MT 59806
Phone: 406-728-1455
Fax: 406-549-7077
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Lon has engaged in an active civil litigation practice representing plaintiffs, defendants , individuals, businesses, and insurance companies for over 45 years. The result is a significant variety of judicial decisions at both the trial and appellate level. Lon has been lead counsel in more than 40 jury cases tried to verdict, and participated as lead counsel of record in more than 50 cases decided by Montana's Supreme Court. Although appellate oral argument before the Montana Supreme Court is discretionary and relatively rare (about 2% of cases filed), over the span of four decades, Lon has orally argued more than 20 appellate cases including the often nationally cited Oliver v. Stimson decision that established a common law tort remedy in Montana for spoliation of evidence. Litigation, albeit at trial by presentation of evidence and witness testimony, or navigating through the extensive technicalities presented by appellate rules and procedures, requires attention to details while advising and assisting clients with understanding the intricacies of judicial processes. The Firm's team approach utilizing devoted attorneys and paralegal professionals has well served the needs of the Firm's many clients. For over 30 years, Lon has worked with a talented and caring paralegal, Annabelle (AB) Blade, in a dedicated and focused representation of the Firm's clients. The Firm believes in and practices the importance of long-term relationships with both clients and staff, many of whom have received or provided professional services spanning decades.


    About Lon Dale

    Admitted: 1971, Montana

    Professional Webpage: https://www.bigskylawyers.com/attorneys/lon-j-dale/


    • Member by Invitation - American Board of Trial Advocates Montana Chapter
    • AV Peer Review Rated

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • All United States District Courts in Montana
    • Certain tribal courts
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
    • Former President of Western Montana Bar Association
    • State Bar of Montana - 1971
    • U. S. Supreme Court
    • Western Montana Bar Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • State Bar of Montana
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • President of Hellgate Civilian Shooters Association
    • Former president of the Western Montana Bar Association
    • Former deputy county attorney
    • Former director Five Valleys Crimestoppers
    • Member, Rotary International
    • Member and past senior warden of vestry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church


    •  In re Estate of Bennett  2013 MT 230 clarified Montana's common law holding that  parents had wrongful death claims for grief, sorrow, and mental anguish
    • Hunt v. K-Mart Corporation, 1999 Mont. 125 -- Largest plaintiff's verdict in Ravalli County
    • Workman v. McIntyre Construction, et. al., 190 Mont. 5, 617 P.2d 1281 (1980) -- Changed Montana's case law on demonstrative evidence
    • Oliver v. Stimson, 1999 MT 328 -- Established spoliation as separate remedy
    • Britton v. Farmers Insurance Group (Truck Insurance Exchange), 221 Mont. 67, 721 P.2d 303 (1986) -- Leading case on bad faith
    • Dukes v. City of Missoula, 2003 MT 152 -- Preemption precluded for OSHA violations
    • Larson v. Squire Shops, Inc., 228 Mont. 377, 742 P.2d 1003 (1987) -- Leading case for workers" compensation domiciliary care

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctorate University of Montana 1971
    • B.A. from the University of Montana in 1968
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    Office Location for Lon J. Dale

    620 High Park Way
    PO Box 4947
    Missoula, MT 59806

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    Last Updated: 4/2/2020

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