William Michael Gilbert



William Michael Gilbert is a fourth generation Montanan. Will graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2000 and has been practicing in Montana since that time. Prior to founding High Plains Law, P.L.L.C., he was a partner in a well-respected firm and focused his practice on insurance defense, including personal injury, premises liability, construction defects and coverage issues. He defended substantial and complex claims in areas such as industrial accidents, health care facility liability and mining subsidence.

Will is admitted to practice in all of the State Courts of Montana, the Federal Court for the District of Montana and the Ninth Circuit. He is also admitted in several of Montana’s Tribal Courts. Will is also an active member of his profession, with memberships in the State Bar of Montana, the Yellowstone Area Bar Association, the American Bar Association and Phi Delta Phi.

Will has been a resident of Billings since 2001 and strongly believes in its community, volunteering his time through the Magic City chapter of the Optomists and a government advisory board. Previously, he has coached Little League and volunteered for the Red Cross. In his spare time, Will enjoys the many opportunities available in Montana including hunting, fishing, floating Montana’s many rivers, and riding his motorcycle.

Fees: Hourly ($200-225/hour), contingent (25-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types: Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info
2718 Montana Ave Ste 218
Billings Business Center
Billings, MT, 59101-2346

Office (406) 254-8903

License
State Status Acquired Updated
MT Active 2000 07/16/2015

Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Owner High Plains Law, PLLC 2011 – Present
Partner Halverson & Gilbert, PC 2005 – 2011
Associate Herndon, Sweeney & Halverson, PC 2001 – 2005
Associate Law Offices of Chris R. Young 2000 – 2001

Associations
Association name Position name Duration
Montana State Bar Member 2000 – Present
National Rifle Association Member 2008 – 2013
Yellowstone Area Bar Association Member 2001 – 2012
Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Member 2001 – 2012
Montana Trial Lawyers Association member 2001 – 2009

Legal cases
Case name Outcome
Slight v. Noonkester, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9133 (D. Mont. 2014). Client prevailed
Financial Pacific Insurance Company v. American General Financial Services, et al, 2014 U.S. Dis. LEXIS 164839 (D. Mont. 2014) Favorable to client
Hein v. Sott, et al, 2015 MT 196, 380 Mont. 85, 353 P.3d 494. Favorable to client

Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
University of Montana School of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 2000
Rollins College Psychology BA – Bachelor of Arts 1993

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