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James L. Shuler

James L. Shuler

Of Counsel
Helena, Montana
800-639-9850 (Toll free)

In 2006 Mr. Shuler joined the Doney firm, bringing 30 years of combined practice, courtroom and jury trial expertise, and litigation knowledge. He was a partner in the New Mexico firm Rosenberg, Shuler, Murphy, and Meyer for 10 years before his appointment to the bench as a District Court Judge in December of 1986. After more than 400 jury trials and 19 years of service as a District Judge, he retired from the bench in 2005.

Originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Mr. Shuler moved to Helena in December of 2005 with his wife and son. He soon took the Montana Bar exam because he was "too young to retire." He enjoys hunting and playing golf in his spare time.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2006

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Real Estate
  • Water Law

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 2006
  • New Mexico, 1976


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 1976
  • University of Arizona
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1973
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Eddy County Bar Association, Member
  • New Mexico District Judges Association, Member
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Rosenberg Law Firm, Attorney, 1976 - 1978
  • Rosenberg, Shuler, Murphy & Meyer, Partner, 1978 - 1986
  • State of New Mexico District Court, 5th Judicial District, Judge, 1986 - 2005

Contact Information

Diamond Block Building 
44 West 6th Avenue, Suite 200
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 800-639-9850
Fax: 406-449-8443
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Red Lodge Office
23 North Broadway Avenue
Suite 206
Red Lodge, MT 59068
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