Ronald A. Bender

Ronald A. Bender


Ronald A. Bender


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Banking Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Real Estate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Litigation Percentage

  • 35% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1971
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1974
  • Kootenai Tribal Court, 1998
  • Confederated Salish Tribal Court, 1998
Missoula, Montana


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence summa cum laude - 1971, With Honors
    • Law Review: Montana Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Carroll College, Helena, Montana
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude - 1968, With Honors

Known for his Butte upbringing and his knowledge of Montana History, and to a greater degree, Butte History, and even to a greater degree, the rise and fall of the Butte Copper Kings, Ron Bender is first and foremost a member of The Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Next, he is the President of Worden Thane, holding the distinguished title primarily because of the firm’s trust in him.  His calm and sensible demeanor, institutional knowledge, and ability to lead (or herd) a large group of independent professionals, is a rare gift that he accepts humbly.  Ron carries these traits over to his practice of law, where he successfully manages a rigorous litigation practice representing individuals, small businesses and even Fortune 500 companies.  His clients trust him so much that they retain Ron to manage various legal issues outside of the litigation arena involving personal matters like estate planning, or business organizations.  In short, Ron’s presence at the firm of Worden Thane is the solid foundation of our firm’s culture and values.

Representative Clients

  • Sammons Trucking
  • St. Patrick Hospital
  • Neptune Aviation
  • First Montana Bank
  • Montana Community Development Corp.
  • Educational Logistics
  • Bob Ward & Sons
  • Mazda Motor of America
  • Toyota
  • General Motors
  • Northern Montana Care Center
  • Historical Resources Associates
  • Sheehan Majestic
  • Zip Distributing

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Agency
  • University of Montana Certificate of Excellence
  • AV® Preeminent™, Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers®
  • Super Lawyers
  • Irish Legal 100
  • Best Lawyer - Missoula 2013 (Banking), 2014 (Insurance), 2016 (Banking), Labor (2017)
  • Top 100 Montana Attorneys

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Missoula Chamber Rangers
  • United Way
  • Rotary
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Ruff Club

Published Works

  • Employee Handbooks National Business Institute, Inc., 1991
  • Foreclosure of Mechanics Liens State Bar Legal Education Institute, 1984
  • Repossession and Sale of Personal Property Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1989
  • Liability of the Manufacturer to the Ultimate Consumer Montana Law Review, 1969
  • Title VII: Seven Years After Montana Law Review, 1971
  • Right to Kill Wild Animals in Defense of Person or Property Montana Law Review, 1970


  • Phi Delta Phi


  • Western Federal Savings Bank, Missoula
  • R.H. Grover, Inc.
  • Bank of Montana, Missoula
  • Sheehan - Majestic


  • Lecturer, Business Law, University of Montana Business School, 1976
  • Chairman, Business Law Seminar, Continuing Legal Education, 1987 - 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 1991 - Present
  • Continuing Legal Institute, Montana, Member, 1987 - Present
  • Five Valley Land Trust, Director, 1980 - Present
  • Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce, Director, 1990 - Present
  • Montana Bar Association, Member, 1971 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1971 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1982 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers, Member, 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 1988 - Present
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • ABA; Section of Law Practice Management, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation
  • Lawyer Pilot Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Worden, Thane, Haines & Williams, Associate, 1973 - 1979
  • United States District Court, Law Clerk to Hon. Russell E. Smith, 1971 - 1973