Trent M. Gardner

Education:

University of Washington, J.D., 2004 Order of Barristers, Officer of Moot Court Honor Board
Montana State University, B.S., 2000

Biography

Trent is a Montana native, growing up in Kalispell. He moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University in 1996, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business-Finance and a Minor in Economics.   Trent attended law school at the University of Washington, graduating in 2004.  During law school, Trent was active on the Moot Court Honor Board and was appointed to the Order of Barristers.
After law school, Trent returned to Montana and started practicing at Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes, where he has developed a broad practice representing both plaintiffs (often on a contingency-fee basis) and defendants in complex litigation matters.  Trent has represented litigants in wide array of commercial matters, including real estate disputes, securities fraud (representing both plaintiffs and defendants), oil and gas disputes, corporate/shareholder disputes, and insurance coverage and bad faith.  Trent has also developed an extensive bankruptcy practice focused primarily on recovery of assets for Trustees and protection of creditor’s rights.
Trent is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.  He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Montana, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal District Court of Puerto Rico.  Trent has been selected as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in 2009, and 2011-2014, and is named to the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation.
Trent is married with three children.


REPRESENTATIVE TRIAL EXPERIENCE: 
Mosely, et al. v. American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge John Brown. Securities fraud case.


Healy, et al. v. St. James Healthcare, et al., Montana Second Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge Ray J. Dayton. Anti-trust/unlawful restraint of trade case.


West v. The Club at Spanish Peaks, LLC, Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, 2 week jury trial in October of 2006. Breach of contract, statutory claims, breach of fiduciary duty, etc. Result: $734,000 jury verdict for our client, and additional damages and attorney fees bringing total judgment affirmed on appeal to approximately $1.25 million.


Gardner v. Stokes, Montana Eleventh Judicial District Court, 3 day jury trial in September of 2008. Result: $3.8 million verdict for our clients.


REPRESENTATIVE APPELLATE CASES:
Benefis Healthcare v. Great Falls Clinic, LLP, 2006 MT 254, 334 Mont. 86, 146 P.3d 714 (2006), emergency appeal regarding denial of preliminary injunction.


Mosley, et al v. American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., 2010 MT 78, 356 Mont 27, 230 P.3d 479 (2010), securities fraud.


West v. Club at Spanish Peaks, L.L.C., 2008 MT 183, 343 Mont. 434, 186 P.3d 1228, regarding contract, slander of title, negligence, wage claim.