Monte Beck grew up in Anaconda, Montana, working summers on ranches and graduating from high school in 1971. Monte attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. While at law school at the University of Montana, Monte served on the Editorial Board of the Montana Law Review and worked part time for the law firm of Garlington, Lohn and Robinson in Missoula, Montana. Upon graduation in 1979, he served as a U.S. District Court law clerk for two years with the Honorable Paul G. Hatfield, United States District Judge in Great Falls, Montana. He traveled with Judge Hatfield throughout the western United States, Hawaii and the Mariana Islands, including Guam and Saipan, where the court adjudicated disputes arising out of the Territorial Islands. After being exposed to a wide range of litigation practices as law clerk to the District Court, Monte decided on a career as a trial lawyer.
In January 1982, Monte opened the Beck Law Office in Bozeman, Montana. The emphasis of his practice was the representation of injured workers, consumers and employees. Shortly thereafter, he was asked by the District Court Judge to serve as one of Gallatin County's two Public Defenders, an invaluable experience for a courtroom lawyer. In 1986, he was invited to serve as a member on the Board of Directors of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. In 1990, Monte was awarded the Montana Trial Lawyers Association's Public Service Award. In 1991, Monte was a recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association for his representation of clients, the outstanding results achieved in the courtroom, and the pursuit of difficult cases. In 1993, he served as President of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. In 2001 and 2002, he served as President of the prestigious Montana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This organization is limited to a small group of plaintiff and defense lawyers whose civil trial experience and integrity are recognized as outstanding. Monte is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a sustaining member of the Montana and American Trial Lawyers Associations and a member of the Montana State Bar. Monte and the firm of Beck, Amsden, and Staples have received the highest available ethical and legal skill rating as determined by fellow attorneys and judges. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of personal injury litigation. He is admitted before the Montana District Courts, the U.S. District Courts in Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court where he has successfully represented injured railroad workers.
Monte is a frequent lecturer at Universities, the University of Montana Law School and legal seminars. Monte has represented numerous individuals in high profile cases. For example, he represented the Plaintiff in Jones v. American Red Cross, where a rural Montanan contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion while in a Portland hospital. He has appeared on national television including PBS, the CBS Morning Program and NBC Dateline. He was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to co-represent the State of Montana in the tobacco litigation suit that resulted in a $900 million settlement on behalf of the State of Montana. His firm was one of ten Montana law firms chosen as local counsel for the State. Recent jury awards include a $2.2 million verdict on behalf of a victim sexually assaulted by a businessman; an $8 million wrongful death verdict for a defective tire; a $1.3 million medical negligence jury award; a $4.1 million settlement on behalf of lumber mill employees who lost their retirement after mill closure; and a $3.2 million wrongful death judgment on behalf of a tribal member while working as a sawyer under a Bureau of Indiana Affairs contract. Monte represents clients not only through trials of their cases, but also at the highest appellant level including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Monte is dedicated to the mission statement of the firm which is to zealously and competently represent individuals who have been injured, victimized or damaged as the result of the wrongdoing of corporations, insurance companies or the government.
For recreation, Monte loves to spend time skiing the peaks surrounding Bozeman or the Chugach mountain range of Alaska. During the summer you will find him on the water at Flathead Lake, on a hike in Glacier Park, or tending his cherry orchard in the Flathead Valley.
Areas Of Practice
- Personal Injury - Plaintiff
- Product Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Environmental Law
- Insurance Bad Faith
- U.S. District Court District of Montana
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana - Law Review: Montana Law Review, Editorial Board
- University of Montana - B.S. Psychology