Thomas E. Hattersley III

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Helena, Montana

Mr. Hattersley, a partner with the firm, advises and represents clients in litigation matters involving labor and employment law, worker safety and workplace tort claims, products liability, and insurance coverage and defense. Tom's employment practice covers all aspects of employment law including wrongful discharge, discrimination and civil rights claims, wage and hour law, safety compliance, and drug testing in the workplace. He has been practicing in the area of labor and employment law for seventeen years and represents a variety of industrial and commercial employers.

Before joining Gough, Shanahan in 1984, Tom was associated with the Los Angeles firm of Bodkin, McCarthy, Sargent and Smith.

Tom is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts in Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Tom is a member of both the State Bar of Montana and the State Bar of California. He is an active member of both the Section of Labor and Employment Law, and Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Tom is a frequent lecturer before industrial and employer groups concerning employment, safety, and workplace tort issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Coverage Issues
  • Insurance Defense
  • Worker Safety and Workplace Tort Claims
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1984
  • California
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of California


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1981
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Montana, Member, Labor and Employment Law, and Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Bodkin, McCarthy, Sargent and Smith, Associate


  • Phi Gamma Mu