Firm Secures $1.7 Million Judgment in Case Involving Stolen Valor

Posted June 2019

Attorneys represented a successful businessman in the Flathead Valley against a man who misrepresented himself as a Marine veteran in order to procure a large investment. Mr. and Mr. successfully tried the case to a jury in Flathead County District Court. The jury ultimately found the defendant liable for fraud and ordered him to repay the stolen investment of $224,000 and awarded $1.5 million in punitive damages.

Reep, Bell & Jasper, PC has been named to the 2018 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report.

Reep, Bell & Jasper, PC has been named to the 2018 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report. The firm is regionally ranked in Corporate Law. According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”, achieving such rankings are “based on a rigorous evaluation process.


Elderly exploitation case upends family ties, criminal statute

Posted on September 1, 2018

In a case with statewide implications, Missoula County State District Court agrees that elder exploitation statute is unconstitutionally vague; Dismisses case against firm client. The firm’s lawyers successfully established that Montana’s recently-amended elder exploitation statute is unconstitutionally vague and improperly renders lawful estate planning activities criminal. The case was followed closely by local news media due to the constitutional issue and the high profile status of some of the involved parties.

Attorneys Jasper and Bell secure court approval of $925,000 settlement arising from closure of Monarch School in Heron, MT.

Posted on August 1, 2018

Attorneys Lance Jasper and Robert Bell represented a group of families impacted by the sudden closure of Monarch School in Heron, MT. The lawsuit alleged that the school’s owners unexpectedly closed down the school without notice to families, and without refunding tuition to parents and their children. The lawsuit sought damages for economic losses and other effects of the closure. The defendants denied liability. Following a period of litigation discovery and settlement negotiations, the parties agreed on a $925,000 settlement. On July 24, 2018, the Sanders County District Court approved the settlement, specifically authorizing payments to the families and their minor children.

Firm serves as local counsel in obtaining victory for backcountry cyclists.

Posted on July 2, 2018

Robert Bell of Reep, Bell & Jasper, PC served as local counsel in a lawsuit challenging the Bitterroot National Forest’s travel ban on vehicles in the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas. On June 29, 2018, federal Judge Dana Christensen declared the agency’s decision as unlawful with respect to backcountry bicycle use. The Court declared the agency decision unlawful and ordered it to reopen public comment to hear objections to closing approximately 110 miles of trail to bicycle use. Following the decision, Mr. Bell stated, “We are very pleased to have played a role in maintaining this important backcountry opportunity for cyclists. As the use of public lands becomes more regulated, it is critical to fight for Montanans’ recreational opportunities.”

RBLS&J supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula at bowling fundraiser

Posted on December 5, 2016

Reep, Bell & Jasper, PC was a lane sponsor for the 2016 Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the year’s major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula. The nonprofit group pairs community members with children who are facing adversity. The strong and enduring bonds formed between “Bigs” and “Littles” change both the adults and the children for the better, forever.

The November 13 event at Westside Lanes featured five-person teams of both community members and Bigs and Littles. Fun, bowling and plenty of pizza were all part of the day. Every dollar raised will stay in Missoula, and will help support new matches, the recruitment and screening of new Bigs, current matches and future activities for Bigs and Littles.

Reep, Bell & Jasper, PC is proud to support this essential community organization and its ongoing work for our children and their future.