Cal is a native Montanan originally from Shelby. After graduating from the University of Montana in the early 1960s, Cal practiced in Polson both as the city attorney and Lake County attorney. When his son Kirby graduated from law school at UM, in 1989 father and son joined with Richard Samson to open their own firm. For location, they chose a group of historic and architecturally distinctive brick homes in downtown Missoula.

Cal is not only highly knowledgeable in agricultural and water law, but he also has personal experience in ranching. He has owned large ranches in Montana, Colorado and Hawaii. Additionally, he has spearheaded large developments in Lake County, including Jette Lake and Jette Meadows. This experience supports his legal expertise in agricultural law and real estate transactions.

Cal served as a U.S. Magistrate under the Honorable Russell Smith in the late 1960s-1970s.

Cal was a member of the Governor’s Crime Commission in the 1970s and also served on the State Board of Pardons and Parole for six years.

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Agricultural Law
  • Water Law
  • Estates


  • University of Montana, B.A., philosophy, 1960
  • University of Montana, J.D., 1963

Memberships and Associations:

  • State Bar of Montana, since 1963
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • American Bar Association
  • Western Bank of Billings, chairman of the board, 1986-1988
  • Montana State Board of Pardons and Parole, 1977-1983
  • Governor’s Crime Commission, Region I Advisory Council, 1969-1977; chairman
  • Montana Council on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, 1974
  • Lake County Attorney, 1967-1970
  • City Attorney, Polson, 1963-1966

Cal has been actively involved in the Missoula business community since the 1980s and is an avid Grizzly fan. He and his wife, Marva, have three sons, Kirby, Clay and Keith. When not at the law firm, Cal enjoys spending time with the family at Flathead Lake and following the many and varied pursuits of his seven grandchildren.