Robert J. Phillips joins the firm as a partner in our insurance defense practice. Bob began his practice in 1978, and now practices state-wide in general civil defense, including insurance law and defense, coverage, and bad faith. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in areas including automobile, products liability, premises liability, lien foreclosure, construction and insurance bad faith. In addition to trials in State, Federal and Tribal Courts, he has been lead counsel before the Montana Supreme Court, the U.S. Claims Court, the Ninth and Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob was chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of Montana and was president in 1994-1995. He is a member of the Ethics Committee of the State Bar. He has been president of the Montana Chapter and
National Board Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was on the board of Missoula Community Medical Center for many years and was its chair for six years. He now chairs the Board of Trustees of the Missoula Community Hospital Legacy Foundation, one of the largest health care foundations in the region.