Donald Murray

Contact at: (406) 755-6919

Don Murray grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended public schools.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Albion College in Albion, Michigan in 1972, studying abroad at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria in 1970-’71.  After college he spent several years working and traveling in Australia and New Zealand and upon his return moved to Montana, eventually attending law school in Missoula. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree (with honors) from the University of Montana School of Law in 1979. 

In the forty-plus years since his graduation from law school Don has been engaged in private practice in Kalispell; first with the venerable firm of Murphy, Robinson, Heckathorn & Phillips where he practiced for twenty years until the firm’s merger with Montana’s largest law firm, Crowley, Haughy, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich (now CrowleyFleck).  He spent twelve years with the Crowley firm before making the move to the much smaller Hash, O’Brien, Biby & Murray where he currently practices.  His practice has always been for the most part a general practice – a blend of civil litigation, insurance defense, real estate transactions and development, subdivision matters, easements, environmental protection and private land conservation, natural resource and environmental law, and water law, as well as an array of transactional work, including basic estate planning and small business support.

Don is a past president of both the State Bar of Montana and Northwest Montana Bar Association, and a former Chair of the State Bar of Montana’s Board of Trustees.  He is also a former chair of the State Bar’s Professionalism Committee, a committee on which he still serves (and has for more than twenty-five years).  Don served seventeen years on the Board of Trustees for Kalispell Public Schools, including three as the Board’s chair.  He is also actively involved with the Flathead Land Trust having served for many years on its board of directors, including three as president.  He currently serves on the board of directors for the Montana Justice Foundation.  Don has been honored as Flathead County’s pro bono lawyer of the year, and with the Flathead Land Trust’s Conservation Leadership Award.  

Don and his wife of forty-five years, Barbara, have two children – Abby, a 1999 graduate of Flathead High School and a 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University, and Mike, a singer/songwriter who graduated from Flathead High in 2003.  Don and Barbara have two grandchildren, Audrey, age 6 and Isla age six months.