Patrick G. Frank has a general litigation practice focused on insurance defense (errors and omissions for real estate agents, insurance agents and lawyers), products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial litigation (employment law, contract disputes, banking, insurance and real estate). He also has a general business practice and represents a variety of local businesses including building contractors, loggers, trucking companies, engineers/surveyors, pharmacies, and retail and wholesale businesses. Pat has tried a number of cases in both federal and state courts and is admitted to practice before all Montana courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pat has an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Pat joined the firm as an intern in 1979 and was admitted to practice in the State of Montana in June, 1980. He became a partner in the firm in 1984. He is a member of the Montana State Bar Association, the Western Montana Bar Association, the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. Pat has been active in a number of local charities including The United Way, The University of Montana Athletic Association, The Great Bear Foundation, The Wilderness Society and Trout Unlimited. Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Personal Injury Litigation).
Pat is from Billings, Montana and is a fourth generation Montanan. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, and his cabin located in the Cabinet Mountains with wife Kelly. He graduated from Billings West High School and obtained his undergraduate degree from Montana State University–Billings. He graduated from the University of Montana Law School in 1980. Pat served in the U.S. Navy for four years.
Bitterroot International Systems, Ltd. v. Western Star Trucks, 336 Mont. 145, 153 P.3d 627 (2007) — In a case of first impression, the Montana Supreme Court adopted the lost volume theory for damages.
Woodruff v. Bretz, 353 Mont. 6, 218 P.3d 486 (2009) — The Montana Supreme Court struck down an arbitration clause in a consumer contract ruling that the clause implicates the consumer''s constitutional rights, and that waiver of such rights must be voluntary and knowingly made.
Zuazua v. Tibbles, 335 Mont. 181, 150 P.3d 627 (2007) — In a case of first impression, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that a real estate agent breaches the duty to act in the sole interests of the buyer by representing more than one buyer competing for the same property.