Drake Law Firm, P.C.


Areas of Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer Protection
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Human Rights Claims and Defenses
  • Construction litigation
Bar Admission
  • Montana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Montana
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • University of Idaho College of Law, JD, 2008 - Magna cum laude, Rogers Scholar, Law Review Articles Editor
  • Clemson University, BS, 1995 - Magna cum laude, Academic All-American
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Montana Bar Association
  • Law Clerk, Montana Supreme Court, Justice Brian Morris, 2008-2009

Michael joined the Drake Law Firm in 2009 after working as a Law Clerk for Justice Brian Morris of the Montana Supreme Court. Michael was attracted by the Drake Law Firm's reputation for quality, willingness to go to trial, and rarely matched success rate at trial. He appreciates the unique nature of the Drake Law Firm, including his ability as a member of a small firm to interact closely with clients, while still possessing the resources necessary to represent his clients at the highest level. Since joining the firm, Michael has played a key role in numerous successful trial court and Montana Supreme Court cases. He thrives on immersing himself in his cases and discovering the key factual details and legal theories that lead to success for his clients. Away from work, Michael enjoys exploring Montana's mountains and rivers.


Patch v. Hillerich & Bradsby/Louisville Slugger, L&C County District Court 2009, MT Supreme Court 2011, 2011 MT 175 $850,000 verdict for family of American Legion pitcher killed by ball hit by aluminum baseball bat. Achieved Montana Supreme Court decision affirming the jury's verdict.

Chriske v. State of Montana Dept. of Correction, MT Supreme Court 2010, 357 Mont. 28 Successfully defended the State of Montana in Montana Supreme Court appeal of District Court order in favor of the State.

Holdren v. Falls Construction (Great Falls, MT 2010) $1.04 Million verdict for truck driver injured in construction accident.

Thain v. City of Great Falls (Cascade County 2010) Successfully defended City of Great Falls against claims of unconstitutional city ordinances

Tirums v. Town of Cascade (Cascade County 2011) Successfully defended Town of Cascade against claims of unconstitutional actions and ordinances

Anderson v. City of Deer Lodge (Powell County 2011) Successfully defended City of Deer Lodge against claims that the City improperly enacted and applied City ordinances

Houston v. City of East Helena (L&C County 2011) Successfully defended City of East Helena against claims that the City's negligence had damaged the Plaintiffs' home.

In re the Protest of Molina Medicaid Solutions (Feb. 6, 2013): Curt Drake and Michael Kauffman successfully defended the largest procurement contract ever awarded by the State of Montana. The contract, worth $179,000,000, came under attack by the unsuccessful bidder over alleged irregularities in the bid process. The bid protest was dropped and the case dismissed after the firm won several key pre-hearing motions. In re the Protest of Molina Medicaid Solutions, Case No. RFP11-2021P (Feb. 6, 2013).

Jason Wood v. Montana Department of Revenue (D. Mont. 12/16/2011 10/11/2012 Jason Wood v. Montana Department of Revenue 12/16/2011 Represented a state agency and achieved defense verdict in a case in which a high-ranking state government official claimed his termination violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and several state laws. The jury was persuaded by the trial argument that the termination was for legitimate job performance issues and returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defense.

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Helena, Montana 59601

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