Ronald F. Waterman (Helena)


  • University of Montana, B.A., 1966
  • University of Montana, J.D., 1969
  • Montana State District Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Montana
  • Montana Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • business
  • insurance defense
  • construction
  • civil rights
  • school law
  • product liability
  • toxic tort
Ronald F. Waterman (Helena) Mr. Waterman, a partner with the firm, is an experienced and well-recognized litigation attorney in the state of Montana. Rons trial practice is diverse and includes complex litigation, business transaction litigation, insurance defense, and construction law disputes. He has also litigated important civil rights cases, school law and gender equity issues. Ron has developed a strong expertise in product liability and toxic tort law.

Before joining Gough, Shanahan, Ron was the law clerk to Honorable W.J. Jameson, U.S. Senior District Judge for the District of Montana (1969-1970).

Ron is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Montana and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. His professional organizations include the State Bar of Montana; American Bar Association, State Membership chair, 1973-1977; the American Judicature Society, Board Member, 1979-1983; American Law Institute; and American Bar Foundation, State President, 1987-present. He is a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Montana School of Law.

Ron grew up in a small community in Western Montana and has a deep attachment to the state and its citizens. He contributes time to several charitable organizations including the United Way, which honored Ron in 1998 for 25 years of service and dedication, the Florence Crittenton Home, and several other organizations addressing the social needs of youth. He is also a past board member and President of Helenas Grandstreet Community Theater.


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