Local Counsel in Montana

Cossitt Law regularly serves as local counsel when out of state clients and their counsel need an experienced attorney who is familiar with Montana judges, practice, procedure and local customs.

Montana Supreme Court rules severely limit non-Montana lawyers from practice in state courts. Out-of-state  lawyers seeking to appear before a Montana court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitration proceeding, must comply with Montana’s pro hac vice rule.

To be admitted under Montana pro hac vice rules, attorneys attempting to get admitted must be associated with an already-admitted attorney that is in good standing of the state bar. The Montana association requirement is generally a “material and active” participation particularly in the Montana US District and Bankruptcy courts.

Jim Cossitt has legal experience spanning over four decades in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, workouts, secured transactions, commercial litigation and consumer finance and business law. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Montana, Colorado and Iowa, and is board-certified in both Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

If you need local counsel with decades of experience in state and federal court who can work with the local Montana lawyers and judges, contact Jim Cossitt at 406-752-5616.