Al Avignone

Al Avignone: Attorney with Avignone, Banick & Williams, PLLC AV stamp icon


Al Avignone is generally regarded as one of the most effective trial attorneys in Montana. Since being admitted to practice in 1984, Mr. Avignone has successfully represented numerous defendants in high profile felony criminal cases and tried many major and complex criminal and civil jury and bench trials in New Jersey and Montana. In 2003, Mr. Avignone was named the Montana criminal defense lawyer of the year by the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Avignone has received an AV preeminent rating in Martindale Hubbell indicating that his peers and judges believe he has achieved the highest level of professional excellence.

Mr. Avignone lives and practices law in Bozeman, Montana with his law partner and wife, Lisa Banick. Al and Lisa are avid alpine skiers and fly fishers. They can often be spotted skiing the powder of the local ski area, Bridger Bowl, or wading and fishing one of the many blue ribbon trout streams located around Bozeman.
Graduate: Justice J. Brennan, Jr., Inn of Court (Trial Lawyer Program, 1987-1989). Prosecutor, Orange, NJ, 1985-1988; New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, 1991-1992. Gallatin County Public Defender, 1994-1996. Montana Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2003; State and federal court approved for appointment in capital cases.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Law
  • DUI
  • DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Driving While Intoxicated

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Montclair State University, B.A., 1971; Seton Hall University, M.S., 1976; Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.B.A., 1980
Law School Attended:
Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 1984
Year of First Admission:
1995, U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 1984, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1991, Montana; 2008, U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of Montana; State Bar of New Jersey; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member); Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Founding Lifetime Member; President, 2009).
Birth Information:
Orange, New Jersey, September 28, 1948
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (8 reviews)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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Bozeman, Montana

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