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Tarlow & Stonecipher, PLLC is proud to announce that John "Buzz" Tarlow, Tom W. Stonecipher, and Matt J. Kelly have received an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is a testament to the fact that their peers rank them both at the highest level of professional excellence.

Tarlow & Stonecipher, PLLC is also proud to announce that Anna M. Williams has received a BV Distinguished® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This widely respected achievement is a testament to all of her hard work and dedication.


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*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.  Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process.  Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

John "Buzz" Tarlow is the only elected Member of the ACCL in Montana.

The American College of Construction Lawyers is an invited association of construction law practitioners, professors, and judges. Founded in 1989, its mission is to improve and enhance the practice and understanding of construction law and to promote the positive role of lawyers as "friends of the project." The College includes lawyers from the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and France.

Fellowship is extended by invitation to those who are found to have mastered the practice or the teaching of construction law and dispute resolution in the complex technical and legal fields pertaining to the built environment, whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, scholarship, professionalism, and collegiality, and who have demonstrated a commitment to "give back" to the construction industry. The College provides a professional forum for its Fellows to explore and analyze legal and industry issues arising nationally and internationally.
*Source: ACCL

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Tarlow & Stonecipher, PLLC's Attorneys are all members of the American Bar Association.

The American Bar Association's Mission is "to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession."

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John "Buzz" Tarlow, Maggie C. Weamer, Matt J. Kelly, and Anna M. Bidegaray are active members of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

The Montana Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) is a member organization for nearly 500 Montana attorneys who represent litigants to secure a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

MTLA sponsors Montana's premier continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.

MTLA actively informs, educates and lobbies elected officials to preserve the civil jury trial system and on other issues of concern to its members and their clients.

MTLA provides support and services to enable its members to excel in their profession and in their service to their clients.

MTLA Statement of Purpose 

  • To uphold and defend the constitutions of Montana and the United States;
  • To advance the science of jurisprudence;
  • To train in advocacy;
  • To promote the administration of justice for the public good;
  • To uphold the honor and dignity of the profession of the law;
  • To advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property and who must seek redress;
  • To encourage cooperation among the members of the bar; and
  • To uphold and improve the adversary system and trial by jury.

*From The Montana Trial Lawyers Association "Who We Are" Page

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Tarlow & Stonecipher, PLLC's Attorneys are active members of the State Bar of Montana.

The purposes of the State Bar of Montana are to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain and require on the part of those engaged in the practice of law high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service, and conduct: to safeguard a forum for the discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the bar to the public; to provide for the continuing legal education of members of the bar; and to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. From: The Constitution of the State Bar of Montana, Article III, Purposes

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