David J. Steele II

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, construction contracts and disputes, wills, trusts and estates, and other civil litigation 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 Secretary/Treasurer for the State Bar of Montana, and will serve a two year term. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Past President of the Western Montana Bar Association.  He also serves as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem for Missoula County, Montana.

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

  • Civil Litigation
  • Business and Commercial
  • Property and Real Estate
  • Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate
  • Contracts
  • Mediation and Arbitration

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions Montana, 2008

  • State Bar of Montana
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana


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

Representative Cases


  • 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- 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

Ratings and Reviews

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