Morrison, Motl and Sherwood is an AV rated civil firm composed of public interest trial lawyers. We fight for our clients in cases that help make Montana safer and fairer for everyone. Our cases have recovered millions of dollars for individuals and businesses in this state while shaping the law in important ways. We believe insurance companies, banks and investment companies should treat people fairly. We believe those who are wrongfully injured should be fully compensated. We believe that workers should be treated fairly too, products should be safe, government should be open, and our natural resources should be treated with care and respect. We believe that constitutional rights deserve protection and that the quality of your lawyer should not depend on the size of your bank account.

Firm History

Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson and Deola has a long history of public interest advocacy and protecting the rights of everyday Montanans. The firm began as a Utah bail bonds agency, in 1982 when James Reynolds and Jonathan Motl opened a storefront law firm in downtown Helena. Over the next 28 years, the firm grew to include partners Rick Sherwood, Lin Deola and Kim Wilson, and associates Andree Larose and Brian Miller, as well as Brenda Lindlief Hall (who recently left the firm to work for a conservation group). Reynolds, Motl and Sherwood developed a reputation as a dogged public interest law firm, experienced at both the trial and appellate court level. The firm bought and restored an historic building in downtown Helena.

In 2010, James Reynolds was elected as a Judge in the 1st Judicial District. Upon Jim’s departure, John Morrison became a partner in the firm. He had previously practiced with the firm of Meloy and Morrison in the 1990s, where he served as President of the Montana Trial Lawyers’ Association and handled a wide variety of civil litigation, including representing the State of Montana in the Tobacco Litigation. After being elected twice as Montana State Auditor and Commissioner of Insurance and Securities, John returned to private practice in Helena before joining the firm in 2010.

In 2013, Jonathan Motl was appointed by Montana Governor Steve Bullock as the State’s Commissioner of Political Practices and left the firm.

Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson and Deola continue their dedication to carrying on the strong tradition of civil trial work and advocacy in Montana.