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Tarlow Stonecipher Weamer & Kelly, 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 all at the highest level of professional excellence.

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.

*From: Martindale-Hubbel 

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Super Lawyers

Tarlow Stonecipher Weamer & Kelly, PLLC is proud to announce that John “Buzz” Tarlow and Matt J. Kelly have been recognized as Mountain States Super Lawyers since 2017. These honors are awarded based on a high degree of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

*From: Super Lawyers 

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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Buzz Tarlow has been inducted as a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Formed in 2008, NADN is America’s foremost professional organization for experienced mediators and arbitrators practicing in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution. All Academy members are distinguished by their commitment to excellence in the field of dispute resolution, and enjoy sterling reputations within the profession.
Membership is by invitation only – based on peer nominations and due diligence research in each state, under the guidance of our state committees. Once identified, nominees are thoroughly vetted to ensure they meet our practice requirements. We’ve been proud to collaborate with the national defense bar (DRI) and Trial Bar (AAJ) associations in these litigation firm research efforts over recent years.
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Charted Institute of Arbitrators

Buzz has recently completed the training and examination to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

CIArb is a London based global organization comprising more than 16,000 counsel and advocates, academics, experts and other professionals engaged in the practice, promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution.

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American College of Construction Lawyers

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.

*From: American College of Construction Lawyers

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American Arbitration Association

John “Buzz” Tarlow is a panel member for the American Arbitration Association.

The American Arbitration Association (AAA), is a not-for-profit organization with offices throughout the U.S. AAA has a long history and experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution, providing services to individuals and organizations who wish to resolve conflicts out of court.

The AAA’s role in the dispute resolution process is to administer cases, from filing to closing. The AAA provides administrative services in the U.S., as well as abroad through its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). The AAA’s and ICDR’s administrative services include assisting in the appointment of mediators and arbitrators, setting hearings, and providing users with information on dispute resolution options, including settlement through mediation. Ultimately, the AAA aims to move cases through arbitration or mediation in a fair and impartial manner until completion.

*From: The American Arbitration Association

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Montana Justice Foundation

Margaret C. Weamer is the 2020 President of the Montana Justice Foundation.

MJF’s Mission is to achieve equal access to justice for all Montanans through effective funding and leadership.

The Montana Justice Foundation is a non-profit organization that was first created, under the name of the Montana Law Foundation, as a a program of the Montana State Bar in 1979. The Montana Law Foundation made its first grant, $85,000 generated from voluntary IOLTA revenues, to Montana Legal Services Association. The Montana Law Foundation continued to make grants and promote pro-bono services, and operated as part of the Montana State Bar until 1997 when the organizations board of directors made it an independent organization and gave it a new name, the Montana Justice Foundation. Since then, MJF has continued to act as the charitable arm of Montana’s legal community by making grants, monies which comprise IOLTA revenue and, increasingly, individual funding.

Today, MJF continues its work of achieving access to justice for all, and, to date, has distributed more than $5.9 million to Montana’s legal aid community.

*From: Montana Justice Foundation

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American Bar Association

Tarlow Stonecipher Weamer & Kelly, 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.”

*From: American Bar Association

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Montana Trial Lawyers Association

Matthew A. Haus is an active member 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 

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Montana Defense Trial Lawyers

Empowering members advocating for balance and fairness in the civil justice system for those who have been sued.

*From: Montana Defense Trial Lawyers

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American Bar Foundation

Margaret C. Weamer ; John “Buzz” Tarlow are both members of the American Bar Foundation.

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than 65 years, the ABF seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects of unmatched scale and quality on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world.

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission, the ABF will produce timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally.

*From: American Bar Foundation

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