W. Carl Mendenhall

W. Carl Mendenhall

since 1994

W. Carl Mendenhall

since 1994

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Hospital and Healthcare Law
  • Water Rights
  • Real Estate Law
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Workers Compensation
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1987

Year Joined Firm

  • 1987
Missoula, Montana


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1987, With High Honors
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1984
    • Major: Business

Carl’s practice primarily involves medical malpractice defense, hospital and healthcare law, water rights, real estate, general civil and commercial litigation, business transactions, workers’ compensation, and insurance defense law.  Carl holds an A-V Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of Professional Excellence).

Carl served as Chair of the State Bar of Montana Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board for eight years, and has been a member of the Board since 1990.  He is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Missoula (Board of Directors 1992-2002 and 2008-2012; President 2014-15; Kiwanian of the Year, 2002 and 2012).  He is a past Exalted Ruler (1995-1996) of the local Elks Lodge. 

A third generation Montanan, Carl was born in Cut Bank, Montana and raised on a farm.  In their spare time, Carl and his wife Carla enjoy camping and fishing with their two grown children.

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™, Martindale Hubbell
  • Kiwanian of the Year, 2002 and 2012

Community Activities

  • Kiwanis Club of Missoula, Board of Directors, 1992-2002 and 2008-2012; President 2014-15
  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana
  • Leadership Missoula Alumni (LM10)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Montana Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board, (Board Chair, 2001-2006; 2011-2014), 1990 - Present
  • Montana Justice Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2014 - 2016