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Ronald A. Bender




Ron Bender was born in Butte, Montana. After receiving his B.A. with Honors from Carroll College in 1968 and his J.D. with Honors from The University of Montana in 1971 he was admitted to the bar. He served as a law clerk for two years to the Honorable Russell E. Smith, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Montana.

Ron joined Worden Thane P.C. in 1973 and his practice focuses on banking, labor and employment, real estate, insurance defense, commercial transactions and products liability.

Ron is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has authored three articles in the Montana Law Review. Ron is an AV Preeminent rated attorney with extensive legal experience in the litigation and business arenas. Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Employment law-Management, Insurance Law, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Bankruptcy, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants and Real Estate Law); Super Lawyers; Chambers; Irish Legal 100. Ron has tried in excess of 40 major trials and handled over 40 appeals.

Reported Cases and Publications (PDF)

Legal Affiliations:

State Bar of Montana

Western Montana Bar Association

Montana Defense Trial Lawyers

American Board of Trial Advocates

ABA; Section of Law Practice Management, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court

Lawyer Pilot Bar Association


Professional Recognition:

AV® Preeminent™, Martindale Hubbell- Corporate Law; Products Liability; Commercial Law; Labor and Employment; Banking Law; Insurance Defense; Mergers and Acquisitions

Best Lawyers®


Civic Activities:

Ancient Order of Hiberians

Missoula Chamber Rangers

United Way


Society for Human Resource Management

Ruff Club




Practice Areas:


Corporate Law

Products Liability

Commercial Law

Construction Law

Labor and Employment

Banking Law

Insurance Defense

Real Estate

Mergers and Acquisitions


Bar Admissions:

State of Montana (1971)

U.S. District Court, District of Montana (1971)

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1974)

Tribal Court - Confederated Kootenai & Salish (1998)


Appearances Before:




Montana Human Rights Commission



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