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PO Box 4747

Missoula, Montana 59806

Shane A. Vannatta




Shane Vannatta first joined Worden Thane P.C. as an intern during law school in 1991. Upon graduating from the University of Montana Law School in 1993 (J.D. with Honors) and passing the bar exam for the State Bar of Montana, Shane became an associate of the firm in September 1993. He became a shareholder in the firm in January 2001.

Shane has a legal practice focused principally in business law. Shane provides a wide-range of business formation and development advice, including advice for copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, employment, business acquisitions, and contract drafting. Shane has assisted numerous clients with real estate sales and acquisitions, and represented clients in a variety of civil litigation matters.

Shane is deeply involved in community and bar service.  He recently completed a year as President of the State Bar of Montana, and currently serves as a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and as an ABA Commissioner.

Shane was raised on a farm/ranch north of the small eastern Montana community of Bainville, Montana. He and his three brothers, as well as his 10 aunts and uncles, all graduated from Bainville High School. Shane later attended the University of Montana and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with High Honors.

Shane can often be found hiking or biking the forests of Western Montana, or kicking it up in Taekwondo (4th Dan Kukkiwon Black Belt).

Shane's background and upbringing has given him a practical, common sense approach to solving client issues. He believes strongly in providing his clients, prompt, thorough, legal advice, and works hard to meet his client's needs and exceed expectations. 

Legal Affiliations:

State Bar of Montana

MT Defense Trial Lawyers

Western MT Bar Association

American Bar Association

Professional Recognition:

2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers® - Business Litigation

2013 Best Lawyers in America®-

    Commercial Litigation

    Copyright Law

    Corporate Law

    Litigation- Intellectual Property

    Litigation-Labor & Employment

    Litigation- Real Estate

    Trademark Law

BV Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® -

    Business Law

    Litigation and Additional Related

       Practice Areas

Civic Activities:

ABA Delegate (2012-Present)

ABA SOGI Commission (2012-Present)

President (2011-12), State Bar of MT

    State Bar of MT President's Messages

Chair (2004-10), Professionalism Committee, State Bar of MT

President (2000-01), Western MT Bar Association

Chair (1998-99), Leadership Missoula

Judge Pro Tem (2001-Present), Missoula Co. Justice Court

Ambassadors (current), Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce

Loaned Executive (past), United Way of Missoula County


Practice Areas:


Business Sales

Commercial Litigation




Real Property


Trade Secrets

General Civil Litigation


Bar Admissions:

State of Montana (1993)

U.S. District Court, District of Montana (1993)

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2012)


Appearances Before:

State Courts of MT

Supreme Court of MT

U.S. District Court - MT

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Trademark Trial & Appeal Board - U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

MT Human Rights Commission

MT Board of Personnel Appeals

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