David J. Steele II

Dave is an equity shareholder at Geiszler Steele, PC.  Dave was born and raised in Colorado, and  received his B.A. in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law in 2008.

While attending law school in Missoula, Dave worked as a prosecutor for the Missoula City Attorney’s office, and clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Whaley, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Washington, and for the Honorable Jeremiah C. Lynch, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Montana, as a clinical intern.

Dave assists both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of legal matters. His practice includes advising clients about business and commercial transactions and litigation; insurance matters and coverage; real estate and property transactions; construction contracts and disputes; wills, trusts and estates, and other civil litigation matters. Dave is admitted to practice in all Montana State Courts and all United States District Courts in Montana. He is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Western Montana Bar Association, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. Dave currently serves as a Trustee for the State Bar of Montana, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He is a Past President of the Western Montana Bar Association, where he continues to serve as a Director.  He also serves as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem for Missoula County, Montana.

Prior to his legal career, Dave was a professional mountain and river guide, worked as a mountaineering and climbing instructor and ski patroller in Colorado, Utah and California, and as program manager for the Colorado Outward Bound School’s international sea kayaking program in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Dave greatly enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends and family.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Business
  • 20% Property
  • 10% Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate
  • 20% Insurance

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions Montana, 2008

  • U.S. District Court District of Montana

Education

  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • Juris Doctor – 2008
  • Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
    • B.A. – 1996
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • New Lawyers Workshop, State Bar of Montana, 2016 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Western Montana Bar Association, Director, Past President, 2012 – Present
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2008 – Present
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
  • Montana State Bar, Trustee, 2016 – Present
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2017 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Missoula City Attorneys office, Trial Intern – Prosecutor
  • Honorable Robert H. Whaley, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Washington, Clinical Intern
  • Honorable Jeremiah C. Lynch, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Montana, Clinical Intern
  • Colorado Outward Bound School, Instructor, Course Director, Program Manager, 1996 – 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Wild Rockies Field Institute, Vice President, Board of Directors, 2014 – Present

Ratings and Reviews

9.2David J. Steele II
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