Thomas E. Towe

Thomas E. Towe: Attorney with Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, P.L.L.P.


Phi Delta Phi. Author: "Personal Jurisdiction Over Non-Residents & Montana's New Rule 4B," Montana Law Review, 1962; "Unavoidable Accident Instruction Held Reversible Error in Negligence Actions," Chapter in Book edited by Melvin Belli, 1962; "Criminal Pre-Trial Procedure in France," Tulane Law Review, 1964; "Fundamental Rights in the Soviet Union: A Comparative Approach," Pennsylvania Law Review, 1967; "Natural Law and the Ninth Amendment," Pepperdine Law Review, 1975; "A Growing Awareness of Privacy in America," Montana Law Review, 1976. Co-Author: "Truth and Individual Rights: A Comparison of United States and French Pre-Trial Procedures," American Criminal Law Quarterly, 1974. Seminar: Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers. Member, Youth Justice Council, 1981-1983. Member, Advisory Committee, Montana Crime Control Board, 1973-1978. Member, Montana House of Representatives, 1971-1974. Member, Montana State Senate, 1975-1986, 1991-1994. Chairman of Judiciary, State Administration, Labor, and Taxation Committees of the Montana Senate. Democratic Candidate for Congress for the Eastern District of Montana in 1976. Named, 26th most influential Montanan of the 20th Century by the Missoulian (1999). Recipient, Janet Rankin Award for Protection of Civil Liberties by the Montana Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in May of 2008.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Farm Law
  • Ranch Law
  • Class Actions
  • Taxation Law
  • Estate Planning Law
  • Indian Law
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Law
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Intellectual Property

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
406-248-7337  Phone
406-248-2647  Fax
University Attended:
Earlham College, B.A., 1959; L'Institut d'Etude Politique, France; University of Michigan, Candidate, SJD
Law School Attended:
University of Montana, LL.B., with honors, 1962; Georgetown University, LL.M., 1965
Year of First Admission:
Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court; 1963, U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Fort Peck Tribal Court; 1967, U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1965, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Claims Court and U.S. Supreme Court; Crow Tribal Court; 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1962, Montana
Yellowstone County Bar Association; State Bar of Montana (Member, Federal Court Section).
JAGC Army, 1959-1962, Capt.
Special Agencies:
Office of Controller of Currency. Montana Department of Labor. Public Service Commission. State Tax Appeal Board. Internal Revenue Service. U.S. Tax Court.
Birth Information:
Cherokee, Iowa, June 25, 1937
Reported Cases:
MDL 1206 - Oil Royalty Litigation, Citigroup, Inc.; MDL 1354 - Capital Accumulation Plan Litigation; Marceau v. Blackfeet Housing Authority, 2008 WL 3876575 (9th Cir.).

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Billings, Montana

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