Dirk’s practice focuses on the trust & estates field, with a specific concentration on fiduciary guidance and helping clients and families find workable solutions when a plan has ceased to be effective. Dirk strives to resolve complex trust and estate issues through listening and creative problem solving and, when all other avenues have been exhausted, trust & estate litigation.

A native of Central Montana, Dirk spent his formative years on a custom wheat harvesting crew, travelling with the ripening grain from Texas to the Canadian border. He also worked as a fruit picker, construction worker and salesman, from Alaska to Norway and points in between, before attending law school. Dirk has practiced in Missoula for over 30 years, raised a family in the Missoula community, and has represented clients in over 45 of Montana’s 56 counties. He knows the state well, subscribing to the notion that Montana is just a small town with very long streets.

Practice Areas

    • Banking Law, Compliance, and Internal Operations and Processes
    • Wealth Transfer Taxes
    • Trusts & Estates
    • Business Succession Planning
    • Charitable Giving
    • Elder Law Planning
    • Estate Planning
    • Fiduciary Obligations and Estate and Trust Litigation
    • Guardianships, Conservatorships and Disability Planning
    • Premarital Agreements
    • Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
    • Retirement Planning
    • Tax Planning

Bar Admission

Montana
United States Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Tax Court
United States District Court(Montana)
All Montana State Courts
All North Dakota State Courts

Education

1988 – LL.M., University of Florida School of Law
1985 – J.D., University of Montana School of Law
1980 – B.A., Economics & Political Science, University of Montana

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates (2013-Present)
Best Lawyers’ Trusts and Estates Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Missoula, 2013 and 2016
American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel – Fellow (Past State Chair)
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
State Bar of Montana Distinguished Service Award

Community Involvement

President of Kiwanis Club of Missoula (2015-16)
Former President of Board of Youth Homes
Former Board member of Missoula Food Bank, Missoula Education Foundation, Campfire and numerous other community organizations

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana CLE Institute, Chair
State Bar of Montana Business, Estates, Trusts, Taxation and Real Property Section Chair, 2013-present
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, State Chair 2011-2016
State Laws Committee 2015-present