Lon Dale

Lon J. Dale

“Give the best possible personal attention to the details of a client's needs while providing economical services.”

Lon J. Dale

Lon J. Dale

Practice Areas


  • State Bar of Montana
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court
  • All U.S. District Courts in Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Montana (J.D., 1971)
  • University of Montana (B.A., 1968)

Lon J. Dale

Lon Dale is dedicated to providing legal services that involve close client contact with full explanation of the focus and goals of the legal representation. Lon’s practice involves representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of areas, which results in a general background of the litigation process that best serves his clients. Also, Lon’s long-time paralegal, AB Blade, provides close client contact that clients greatly appreciate.


Lon was born in Great Falls, Montana. Both his maternal and paternal grandparents were homesteaders in North Central Montana. Lon and his wife, Pam, currently own and lease out farm property, including his paternal grandparent’s original homestead in Teton County near Choteau.

During law school Lon was employed summers as a U.S. Forest Service smokejumper, and has served as a corporate director for the National Smokejumper Association.

Lon and Pam, a retired a high school teacher, have two sons, Kyle and Blane. Both boys are married, have children and live in Missoula — keeping Lon and Pam busy with grandchildren. In addition to the family, Lon outside of work is an active hunter (big game, upland bird and water fowl), bird dog trainer and fisherman. He holds life memberships in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited, National Smokejumper Association, Pheasants Forever and the National Rifle Association. He is also a regular member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Montana Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited. Lon is available for consultation on the best seasonal fishing spots in Missoula and the Georgetown Lake areas.

Representative Cases

  • In re Estate of Bennett,
    2013 MT 230. Clarified parental wrongful death claims.
  • Gonzales et al. v. Montana Power Company,
    2010 MT Certified. Class action for manipulating and mishandling workers' compensation claims.
  • Oliver v. Stimson,
    1999 MT 328. Established spoliation as separate remedy.
  • Hunt v. K-Mart Corporation,
    1999 Mont. 125. Largest plaintiff's verdict in Ravalli County.
  • Larson v. Squire Shops, Inc.,
    228 Mont. 377, 742 P.2d 1003 (1987). Leading case for workers' compensation domiciliary care.
  • Britton v. Farmers Insurance Group (Truck Insurance Exchange),
    221 Mont. 67, 721 P.2d 303 (1986). Leading case on bad faith.
  • Workman v. McIntyre Construction, et al.,
    190 Mont. 5, 617 P.2d 1281 (1980). Changed Montana's case law on demonstrative evidence.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (member by invitation, Montana chapter)
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association — Section on Tort and Insurance Practice
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • The National Trial Lawyers — Top 100

Awards & Recognitions

  • Lon has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell.

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Listing for General Litigation, 2007 through 2017.

Professional Background

  • Lon was a former Deputy County Attorney for Missoula County, and an original shareholder of the law firm.