William J. Speare

Bill was born in Billings, Montana, on July 23, 1969. In 1991, he received his degree in Political Science from Montana State University in Bozeman with high honors. In 1994, he received his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law with honors.

After graduation, Bill worked as a law clerk at the Montana Supreme Court for a year for Justice John C. Harrison and Justice W. William Leaphart. Bill then returned to Billings and has been engaged in the practice of law with an emphasis on civil litigation since 1995.

After practicing with two larger firms for more than a decade, Bill opened his own practice in January of 2007. From Bill’s various employments he has gained a variety of experience; from prosecuting criminal matters, to researching and writing draft opinions for the Montana Supreme Court, to trying complex civil matters before juries and arbitrators.

Bill is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the federal bar of Montana, and the Yellowstone Bar Association (YABA). He has served as treasurer of YABA, and served as a board member of YABA for several years. Bill has also served on the board for the Billings Studio Theatre, the Bishop Fox Company, and served on the vestry of his local church.
Bill enjoys life with his wife Lisa and their daughters Julie and Mary. When not practicing law or trying to keep up with the girls, Bill enjoys golf, hiking, and fishing.


Lisa A. Speare

Lisa was born in Roundup, Montana in 1970. In 1992, Lisa graduated from the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana with a degree in History. In 1995, she graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law.

After graduation, Lisa served as a law clerk at the Montana Supreme Court. She then began her career as an associate then a partner at one of the larger firms in Montana. Although experienced in a wide range of civil litigation, Lisa’s current civil litigation practice focuses on defense of physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, mid-levels, dentists and therapists.

Lisa is past president of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association and is a member of the Montana Supreme Court’s Advisory Commission on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure. Lisa is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts of Montana as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.