Scott Hagel is originally from Kalispell, Montana, and attended the University of Montana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor and served on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Press Association. He later served as Director of Communications for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. On the rare occasions when he is not practicing law or performing various household chores, he enjoys golf, fishing and bird hunting.

Practice Areas

    • Construction Law
    • Construction Defects
    • Mediation and Arbitration
    • Professional Liability
    • Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
    • Collections
    • Debt Restructuring and Workouts
    • Personal Property Foreclosures, Claim and Delivery, Replevin, and Injunctive Remedies
    • Real Property Foreclosures & Landlord-Tenant Disputes
    • Healthcare Labor and Employment
    • Advice and representation in employment litigation, including wrongful discharge and discrimination matters
    • Development of drug testing policies and related advice
    • Employee discipline and termination advice
    • Employee screening, hiring practices and policies
    • Employment contract review and drafting
    • Employment policy development, including handbook drafting and review
    • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
    • Separation agreements
    • Pro Bono
    • Access, Title and Property Disputes
    • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Leasing
    • Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations
    • Development, Zoning and Land Use
    • Real Estate Financing and Security Devices
    • Water Rights
    • Other Water-Related Matters

Bar Admission

Montana, 2002

Education

2002 – J.D. with Honors, University of Wyoming
1981 – B.A. with Honors in Journalism, University of Montana

Prior Experience (Employment)

Mr. Hagel practices in the Litigation and Commercial Departments of the firm. His practice focuses on employment law, real estate, construction law, water rights, banking, commercial matters, and contract disputes.

Honors & Awards

Editor in Chief, Wyoming Law Review
Order of the Coif

Community Involvement

Leadership Flathead (Class of 2004)
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2010-2015)
Northwest Montana Historical Society Board of Directors (2004-present)
Leadership Montana, Class of 2015

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana

Reported Decisions / Cases

North 93 Neighbors, Inc., v. Board of County Com’rs of Flathead County, 2006 MT 132;
Wise v. CNH America, LLC, et al., 2006 MT 194;
Knucklehead Land Co., Inc. v. Accutitle, Inc., 2007 MT 301;
JTL Group, Inc. v. New Outlook, LLP, 2010 MT 1;
Blehm v. St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, Inc., 2010 MT 258;
Day v. CTA, Inc., 2014 MT 119;