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Jory C. Ruggiero, Esq.

Since 1998, Jory Ruggiero’s practice has emphasized environmental protection, insurance bad faith and personal injury litigation. Formerly a partner at the Bozeman law firm of Beck, Amsden and Ruggiero, Jory formed Western Justice Associates, PLLC in 2008. He is a member of the bars of the State of Montana, the U.S. District Courts in Montana and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jory is the Western Montana Representative of the Natural Resources Section of the Montana Bar Association. He sits on the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors and is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Prior to practicing law, Jory worked as a biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, as a back country ranger for the National Park Service and as an ethnographer in northwest Alaska. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Biology from the University of Wyoming and Master of Science degree with high honors and an emphasis in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Montana.

Jory earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana where he served as Editor of the Public Land and Resources Law Review and as a member of the law school's competitive negotiation team. Before beginning his civil litigation practice, he did legal work for the United Nations Environmental Programme in Nairobi, Kenya; for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, Montana; and for a host of non-profit, environmental protection groups throughout the west.

Jory has published natural history writing, ethnographic essays and natural resource law articles. His legal publications include: Toward a Law of the Land: the Clean Water Act as a Federal Mandate for the Implementation of an Ecosystem Approach to Land Management, Jory Ruggiero, Spring 1999 Public Land and Resources Law Review; and Politics and the Columbia Basin Assessment Learning from the Past and Moving to the Future, Jack Ward Thomas and Jory Ruggiero, Fall 1998 Public land and Resources Law Review.

Jory chooses to make his home in Bozeman, Montana for the skiing, boating, fly fishing, backpacking and other wilderness recreation opportunities.

Jory Ruggiero