Michael C. Coil
Partner – Retired 2018
Mr. Coil is the senior partner and one of the founding members of the law firm. He is also a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the Gallatin County Bar Association (President 1991) as well as the American Association for Justice. Mr. Coil is admitted to the state and federal bars of Montana and the 9th Circuit. He has also taught Business Law, Taxation and Finance courses at Montana State University.
Mr. Coil’s reported cases include the following: May v. Figgins, 186 Mont. 383, 607 P.2d 1132 (1980); Carkeek v. Ayer, 188 Mont. 345, 613 P.2d 1013 (1980); Mends v. Dykstra, 195 Mont. 440, 637 P.2d 502 (1981); McConnell v Dempster, 200 Mont. 276, 650 P.2d 799 (1982); Safeco v. McHenry, 200 Mont. 447, 652 P.2d 1160 (1982); Hughes v. Salo, 203 Mont. 52, 659 P.2d 270 (1983); Montana Coalition for Stream Access v. Curran, 210 Mont. 38, 682 P.2d 163 (1984) (Amicus Curie); Montana Coalition for Stream Access v. Hildreth, 211 Mont. 29, 684 P.2d 1088 (1984) (Amicus Curie); First National Bank of Bozeman v. Powell, 212 Mont. 468, 689 P.2d 255 (1984); Safeco v. McHenry, 215 Mont. 420, 697 P.2d 1354 (1985); Wessel v. Wessel, 220 Mont. 326, 715 P.2d 45 (1986); Association of Unit Owners v. Big Sky, 224 Mont. 142, 729 P.2d 469 (1986); Anderson v. TW Corporation, 228 Mont. 1, 741 P.2d 397 (1987); Wagner v. LDS, 232 Mont. 332, 757 P.2d 779 (1988); Boggli v. Glacier Mt. Cheese, 238 Mont. 426, 777 P.2d 1303 (1989); John C. Hughes, as Administrative Manager of the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust Fund v. Blankenship, 239 Mont. 519, 781 P.2d 1132 (1989); Association of Unit Owners of the Deer Lodge Condominium v. Big Sky of Montana Inc., et al., 242 Mont. 358, 798 P.2d 1018 (1990); Hughes v. Blankenship, 699, 266 Mont. 150, 879 P.2d 685 (1994); Indendi v. Workman, 272 Mont. 64, 899 P.2d 1085 (1995); Erker v. Kester, 296 Mont. 123, 988 P.2d 1221, (1999); Maney v. Louisiana Pacific Corp. et al., 57 St. Rptr. 1561, 303 Mont.398, 15 P.3rd 962, 2000 WL 1877769 (2000).
Other significant cases handled by Mr. Coil include the following: Livingston v. Isuzu, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Cause No. CV-92-50-BU-PGH, jury verdict on June 16, 1995 of $2.1 million. Maney v. U.S. & Louisiana Pacific, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Cause No. CV-98-2-BU-DWM, wrongful death action settled without trial for $800,000. Bennett v. El Monte RV, et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Cause No. CV-97-56-BU-RWA defense of a wrongful death action concluded by entry of summary judgment for Defendant. Livingston v. Haight, Montana Eighteenth Judicial District, Cause No. DV 98-04, infant wrongful death, successfully concluded by settlement. Risenhoover v. Rimrock Stages, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Cause No. CV 02-102-BLG-RFC, wrongful death case concluded by settlement prior to the start of trial. Estate of Elicia Nead, Park County, Montana Sixth Judicial District Court, Cause No. DP-04-02, wrongful death of teenager, successfully concluded by settlement. Murray v. Xantera, Montana Sixth Judicial District Court, Cause No. DV-02-181, wrongful discharge matter with entry of verdict after 2 week arbitration hearing. Barnes v. Montana Milk Express, Inc., Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, Cause No. DV-01-305, wrongful discharge matter, settled prior to trial.
Mr. Coil has volunteered on various local boards and non-profits including Trout Unlimited, the Sourdough Volunteer Fire Department and two terms on the board of directors of the Bridger Bowl Corporation. He resides in Bozeman with his wife and has two grown children and 2 grandsons. He spends his free time skiing, fly fishing, mountaineering, bicycling, hunting, back packing and is a well known local photographer.