Attorney at law

145 Commons Loop, Suite 200
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: 406-751-6000
Fax: 406-756-6522
Email: dcockrell@mcgalaw.com

Practice Areas

Dale R. Cockrell

Dale was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation, Dale worked for oil and gas exploration and geological consulting firms prior to attending law school. Since graduating from law school, Dale has developed a litigation practice and has tried cases in federal and state courts. Dale moved to Whitefish, Montana in 1995 and joined the firm in 1996. Dale and his wife, Judy, have raised one son and two daughters in Whitefish and are active in various community projects such as the North Valley Food Bank and Stumptown Art Studio.


  • 1979 – B.S., Geology, Oklahoma State University 
  • 1985 – M.S., Geology, Oklahoma State University
  • 1989 – J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, cum laude Professional Activities & Honors

Professional Activities & Honors

  • AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • Co-author, American Bar Association Property Tax Deskbook, South Dakota Chapter (2002-2012)
  • Presenter at CLE seminars on insurance bad faith and environmental matters

Community Activities

  • Stumptown Art Studio
  • North Valley Food Bank

Personal Interests

  • Bicycling
  • Skiing
  • Hiking

Bar Admissions

  • 1990 – State Bar of South Dakota
  • 1994 – U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • 1995 – U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • 1996 – State Bar of Montana
  • 1996 – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuit
  • 1998 – U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • 2000 – State Bar of Colorado
  • 2001 – U.S. Supreme Court