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Montana Dram Shop Defense Lawyers

The legal advocates at HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, possess deep knowledge of the law and provide free consultations to assist businesses facing dram shop liability claims in Montana.


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Dram Shop Liability Claims in Montana

Dram shop liability claims are quite restricted in the state of Montana.

Generally, the service of alcohol isn't grounds for liability against the server, bartender, or establishment unless one of three conditions is proven: service to an intoxicated person, service to a minor, or the use of deception to trick a person into drinking alcoholic beverages.

One of these three facts must be proven to make a statutory personal injury claim. Even if one of these triggers is met, there are notice requirements and shorter statute of limitations periods than most negligence claims.

What Are the Dram Shop Laws in Montana?

Montana's liquor liability law requires bars and restaurants to help prevent intoxicated patrons from endangering innocent motorists.

As outlined in § 27-1-710, MCA, a person or business serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person can be liable for any injury inflicted by that person. This means that if a bar serves alcohol to a visibly drunk person who then drives and injures someone, the establishment may be held liable for the victim's damages at the hands of the drunk driver.

One essential aspect of Montana's dram shop cases is the tight deadlines for injured parties to present a claim against the bar.

The injured party must notify the establishment that served the intoxicated person of the potential claim via certified mail within 180 days, and the claim must be settled or a lawsuit filed within two years of the service of alcohol. This stands in contrast to a typical negligence case, which generally has a three-year statute of limitations.

Why You Need a Liquor Liability Defense Attorney

Dram shop liability claims can seriously impact businesses like bars, restaurants, and other establishments that serve alcohol. A liquor liability defense attorney can help potentially liable parties navigate the attendant legal complexities, meet tight deadlines, and defend their businesses against these claims.

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Protect Your Business with Skilled Defense

Don't let a liquor liability claim cost you your business. Schedule a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced Montana dram shop defense lawyers today to get the personalized guidance you need to cover your bases.

Our Liquor Liability Defense Process

We follow a structured process to provide the best possible defense for our clients. Here are the steps involved.

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Initial Consultation

The process begins with a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, during which we assess the specifics of your case, clarify your needs, and discuss potential strategies to defend your business against a dram shop liability claim.


Next, our team of skilled attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and examining all relevant documents to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Case Preparation

Once we've gathered the relevant information, we'll prepare a robust defense strategy tailored to your individual case. As part of this process, we’ll review applicable laws and past cases and craft compelling legal arguments to defend your business from damaging legal action.


Our attorneys are capable negotiators and will engage with the opposing party to seek favorable settlements. This could involve reducing the claim amount or, in some cases, getting the claim dismissed entirely.


If a fair settlement can't be reached, we're prepared to represent your business in court. Our attorneys will provide a strong defense, challenging the opposing party's evidence and working diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your livelihood.

Why Put Your Trust In Us?

Why Choose Our Dram Shop Defense Law Firm?

There are many reasons to work with HagEstad Law Group, PLLC when you're seeking to defeat a dram shop liability charge. Here are a few of the most notable:


Thorough Understanding of the Law

Our attorneys boast a comprehensive knowledge of Montana's dram shop laws and extensive experience in defending businesses against these claims.


Client-Centric Process

We prioritize our clients' individual needs and work diligently to provide the best possible defense in every case.


Proven Track Record for Results

Our case history speaks for itself — we've successfully defended numerous businesses against dram shop liability claims

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • AV Preeminent Rated in Litigation, Insurance, and Professional liability by Martindale-Hubbell
David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona, Montana, and Texas.
  • President of Surprise Professional Center Office Condo Association
David J. HagEstad

Brien B. Birge

Brien B. Birge

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • Specialized in Estate Planning & Insurance Litigation

About HagEstad Law Group, PLLC

HagEstad Law Group, PLLC deftly handles various practice areas, including business law as it extends to dram shop defense. With offices in Missoula, MT, and Phoenix, AZ, we're dedicated to providing dependable legal services to businesses facing liquor liability claims in Montana.

Our experienced attorneys are intimately familiar with Montana's dram shop laws and how to protect businesses within their parameters. Trust HagEstad Law Group, PLLC to protect your business against dram shop liability claims.

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