Michael G. Black


Michael G. Black holds a B.A. in History/Political Science from the University of Montana in Missoula and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.

In the past ten years, Mike has led or supported litigation in complex and multi-forum cases including class actions, ERISA fiduciary disputes, minority shareholder litigation, director and officer liability cases, partnership disputes, insurance coverage disputes, and constitutional litigation. Before joining the firm as of counsel in 2017, Mike was a sole practitioner, Director of Litigation for Montana Legal Services, and Civil Bureau Chief and Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Montana Department of Justice. He has worked in complex civil litigation for over 30 years.

Mike worked in conjunction with the with the firm on the Tidyman’s cases, the Yellowstone Club World cases, the Vann’s Inc. litigation, and the Montana Hospitals litigation. He has associated with the firm on cases dating back to 1999. Mike was also lead counsel for the State of Montana in numerous constitutional cases from District Court to the U.S. Supreme Court involving due process, equal protection, and First Amendment rights.


  • Personal Injury – Plaintiff
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Employment LW – Employee Focused
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Litigation
  • Constitutional Law and Entity Control Litigation


  • Montana
  • Montana Federal District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • Montana Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Cornell University Law School, 1989
  • University of Montana, 1986 – B.A. in History/Political Science. Graduated with High Honors.

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