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Amsden, John L.
1946 Stadium Drive Suite 1 Bozeman, MT
Phone: (406) 586-8700
Fax: (406) 586-8960


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

John L. Amsden is a 1988 honors graduate of Georgetown University Law School, where he served as Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Beginning in 1988, John practiced law in Los Angeles, California, where his practice concentrated on litigation and trial of complex business disputes. John has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in partnership disputes, federal and state securities litigation, accounting malpractice and insurance coverage disputes. John has had significant responsibility in several matters growing out of the failure of large municipal and corporate organizations, including the historic municipal bankruptcy and subsequent multi billion dollar litigation arising out of the 1994 bankruptcy filing of the County of Orange, California. John also has significant experience in the litigation and trial of commercial real estate, environmental, civil rights and land use disputes. His transactional experience includes the negotiation and sale of real and personal properties located in Singapore and Malaysia, and the accompanying return of investor capital to the United States.

After practicing law successfully as a partner in a specialized litigation firm in Los Angeles, John and his family chose to return home to Montana. John returns to the firm where he previously worked as a law clerk during his undergraduate studies.

John is admitted to practice in the State of Montana, as well as the federal courts in Montana and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. John was born and raised in Eastern Montana and graduated from Powder River County High School in 1979 and from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Business
  • Litigation
  • Car Accident Injuries
  • Slip & Falls
  • Employment Law - Employee Focused
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Rail Road Injuries
  • Aviation Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Toxic Exposure

West Practice Categories

Business & Commercial Law, Commercial Leasing, Consumer Protection, Contracts, Debtor/Creditor, Joint Ventures, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Transactions, Business Organizations, Business Successions, Directors' & Officers' Liability, Dissolution, Formation & Business Planning, Insurance Law, Bad Faith, Litigation & Appeals, Complex Litigation, Federal Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, US Supreme Court, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Animal Bites -- Plaintiff, Assault & Battery -- Plaintiff, Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff, Defamation & Privacy -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Premises Liability -- Plaintiff, Property Damage -- Plaintiff, Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff, Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Alcoholic Beverages, Apparel, Asbestos, Chemicals & Cosmetics, Firearms, Food & Agricultural Products, Machinery & Tools, Medical Products & Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical Products, Recreational Products, Tobacco, Professional Malpractice Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Railroad Worker Injury/FELA, Sexual Abuse -- Plaintiff, Toxic Torts, Class Actions, Hazardous Waste, Pesticides, Radiation & Electromagnetic Energy, Toxic Mold, Workers' Compensation Law, Workers' Compensation Appeals, Workers' Compensation Subrogation


Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1993
  • California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988
    Honors: Honors

    Law Journal: Georgetown Law Journal, Administrative Editor
  • Montana State University, 1984
    Major: Civil Engineering