Joel E. Henry Ph.D.



Dr. Henry advises start-up companies, established businesses, and individuals using his extensive understanding of technology, business, and intellectual property law. Joel’s experience inventing, commercializing and protecting his own intellectual property gives him unique perspective – that of someone who has worked through invention, startup, capital raise, and exit of his own software company.  He understands the fast-paced, technologically-driven world entrepreneurs live in, allowing him to help businesses make right-sized decisions about corporate formations, capital financings, mergers, acquisitions, private placement securities offerings, and general corporate advice. Few corporate attorneys also bring intellectual property and deep technical experience to their client’s needs. Joel works with companies to succeed by building relationships instead of simply delivering legal services and bills.




With a PhD in Computer Science to supplement his legal skills, Joel also has significant experience in block chain and cryptocurrency law, data privacy and security, and the use and development of electronic discovery software platforms used by law firms across the nation. He brings an effective solution-focused approach to complex and interdependent problems involving technology, law, and business. Joel plays a vital role across the State of Montana as a unique attorney in the technical, legal, and entrepreneurial space. Integrating the ability to understand complex technology with his law degree, Joel crafts innovative, cost effective solutions for clients who need more than a legal beagle.



  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • J.D. – 2012
    • Honors: CALI Award for Intellectual Property
  • Virginia Tech
    • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) – 1993
    • Major: Computer Science – Software Engineering


  • Montana State University, Bozeman
    • Master of Science (M.S.) – 1986
    • Major: Computer Science

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Blackstone Launchpad
  • Montana World Trade Center

Past Employment Positions

  • Michael Best & Friedrich, Partner
  • University of Montana, Professor of Computer Science
  • Agile Data Solutions, Co-Founder

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • IEEE Computer Society
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • State Bar of Montana
  • American Bar Association

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Development Professional, IEEE Computer Society

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