David J. Steele

Attorney

Phone:  406-541-4940

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Dave is the Managing Partner at Geiszler Steele, PC. Dave assists both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of legal matters. Dave has earned a Martindale-Hubbell “AV-Preeminent” rating by his peers, indicting the highest level of professional excellence. His practice includes advising clients about business and commercial transactions and litigation, insurance matters and coverage, real estate and property transactions, contracts and contract disputes, and other civil matters. Dave also serves as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Settlement Master. 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, and the American Bar Association. Dave was recently elected to serve as President-Elect for the State Bar of Montana, and will serve in that role until September 2022, when he will become President of the State Bar of Montana. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which is among the world's leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, and which seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. He is a Past President of the Western Montana Bar Association and also served for many years as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem for Missoula County, Montana. He is regularly asked to speak at continuing legal education seminars and to the public on a variety of topics.

Dave was born and raised in Colorado.  He 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. 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.

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 and Sur, Mexico. Dave greatly enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends and family.

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Transactions
  • Property and Real Estate Transactions
  • Will, Trust, Estate and Probate Disputes
  • Contracts
  • Civil Litigation
  • Cannabis-Related Businesses
  • Mediation and Arbitration

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions Montana, 2008

  • State Bar of Montana
  • 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 – 2019
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
  • Montana State Bar, Trustee, 2016 – 2019
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2017 – Present
  • Montana State Bar, Secretary/Treasurer, 2019-2021
  • Montana State Bar, President-Elect, 2021 – 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, President, Board of Directors, 2014 – 2020
  • Advisory Counsel to various non-profit entities

Recent Blog Posts

Recommendations

  • Very responsive

    Dave is always prompt to answer or return my calls and messages. He is attentive to my concerns and is good at handling all elements of the situation, which greatly relieves my workload and anxiety.
  • Commercial Litigation Attorney Recommends David J. Steele

    Mr. Steele is a competent, well prepared attorney. He is a valuable resource to the Montana legal community. His judgment and analytical skills are strong assets to any client he represents.
  • Litigation Attorney Recommends David J. Steele

    Dave is an exemplar of a courteous professional. He is a pleasure to work with, whether on the same or opposite side of the case.
  • Litigation Attorney Recommends David J. Steele

    David is an excellent attorney. He exemplifies the professionalism to which all attorneys should aspire. He is thorough and thoughtful. He is an extremely capable advocate for his clients.
  • Mr. Steele is an excellent attorney and a great value.

    Mr. Steele was engaged to represent me in a complex civil suit. He timely responded to my questions, thoroughly explained my case and it's risks, and was able to achieve an excellent result. I highly recommend his services.
  • Douglas Reisig, Ed.D., Superintendent Recommends David J. Steele

    Without interruption, the firm dedicated itself to understanding the school district's legal position and needs. From a client's standpoint, I cannot think of a law firm that would have been a better advocate.
  • Real Estate

    Dave is very knowledgeable and I appreciate that he always presents options.  Regardless of how small my business matter might be, he takes my calls and I get his full attention. I feel confident that Dave has my success and best interest in mind, even if it means I end up not needing his service...
  • Hellgate Elementary School Recommends David J. Steele

    In all aspects of the professional relationship, I can honestly state that the school district could not have picked a better law firm.