Frederick F. Sherwood

Rick is a third generation Montanan who has practiced law since 1977. He was counsel to the Montana Human Rights Commission from 1978 to 1982, and has been in private practice in Helena ever since. He has been a partner in this firm since 1989.

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Civil Rights and Discrimination
  • Commercial
  • Banking and Secured Transactions
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer
  • Other complex civil litigation


  • Stanford, B.A. 1974 (with distinction)
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt School of Law, J.D. 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Montana Supreme Court 1977
  • U.S. District Court of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State of California (inactive) 1978


  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1st Judicial Bar Association

Selected Cases

Martinez v. Yellowstone County
192 Mont. 42 (1981) (race discrimination)

Taliaferro v. State
235 Mont. 23 (1988) (political belief discrimination)

Link v. City of Lewistown
253 Mont. 451 (1992) (age discrimination)

Tracy v. City of Missoula
Missoula County Cause No. DV-849 (2001) (reporters’ shield law)

Earls v. Chase Bank of Texas
2002 MT 249 (foreclosure relief)

Swensen v. ASARCO, Inc.
U.S. District Court Cause No. CV-02-07-H (2004) (ERISA)

Swingley, et. al. v. Montana Highway Patrol
Lewis & Clark County Cause No. ADV-98-98 (2005)
(class action for overtime wages)

Fenno v. Mountain West Bank, N.A.
2008 MT 267 (employment & banking law/federal preemption)

Jaksha v. Butte-Silver Bow County
2009 MT 263 (employment & constitutional law)

Gersack v. Wel-Life at Kalispell and Lantis Enterprises
Flathead County Cause No. DV-09-019C (2010) (wrongful discharge)

MEA-MFT et al. v. McCullough
2012 MT 211; 366 Mont. 266 (constitutional law)