T. Thomas Singer

Of Counsel

Tom Singer was raised in northern Wyoming and educated in Montana and Massachusetts.  After law school, he returned west, where he worked for the Wyoming Legislature, managed a congressional campaign in eastern Washington, and taught at Gonzaga Law School before settling in Billings.  For the last 35 years, Tom has been defending transportation companies and product manufacturers, and counseling and representing businesses and individuals through employment and business litigation.

Tom speaks regularly at seminars hosted by the International Association of Defense Counsel, the State Bar of Montana, and other organizations.  He is known for incorporating game theory, neuroscientific research, and karaoke into presentations about legal ethics and trial advocacy, and he also enjoys expostulating about employment law, covenants not to compete, product liability, and civil procedure.

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1985
  • Wyoming, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Billings Office

175 North 27th Street
Suite 1101
Billings, MT 59101


JD: Harvard University Law School, 1978, cum laude
BA: Eastern Montana College, 1975, Speech Communications and Theater Arts
AA: Northwest College, 1973, Communications



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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2021-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, 2008-2024
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2008-2023
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of The Year” in Billings, MT for Employment Law-Management, 2022
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of The Year” in Billings, MT for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, 2016, 2019
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2008-present; Barrister, Order of Juris; Advocate, Order of Certus
  • George L. Bousilman Professionalism Award, State Bar of Montana, 2002
Professional Associations
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 1999-present
  • State Bar of Montana, Professionalism Committee, 1992-present; Chair 1998-2004
Business & Community Service
  • Riverstone Health Clinic Board of Directors, 2010-present; Chair, 2018-2021
  • Billings Symphony Artistic Advisory Committee, Chair, 2005-present
  • Billings Symphony’s “Concert Cues,” Host, 2015-present
  • Northwest College Alumni Association, Board Member, 1996-present; Chair, 2017-2019
  • Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Former Director
  • Billings Depot, Inc., Former Director
  • Billings Preservation Society, Former Director
  • Red Lodge Music Festival, Former Director
  • NAMI-Billings, Former Director
  • Tumbleweed Runaway Program, Former Director
  • Billings Studio Theatre, Former Director
Other Activities
  • In his spare time, Tom likes to read, hike, ride bikes, paddle rivers, act in community theatre productions, play guitar, and sing with the Symphony Chorale and other ensembles. He lives in Billings with his wife, a retired school psychologist and transition coach. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Presenter, “Ain’t It a Shame (How Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality),” ALFA International’s Virtual International Client Seminar, March 2021
  • Presenter, “It’s How You Tell the Tale,” ALFA International Webinar, July 2020
  • Speaker, “Condemned if You Do, Doomed if You Don’t – Advocating in the Age of Social Media,” ALFA International’s 2020 International Client Seminar, March 2020
  • Speaker, “Safe Spaces at Work: Bullying, Intimidation, Firearms, and Threats of Violence,” The Seminar Group’s Montana Labor & Employment Law Conference, March 2019
  • Program Chair, “The Game Is On: Are You In?  You Have to Play or You’ll Never Win,” ALFA International’s 2019 International Client Seminar, March 2019
  • Moderator and Presenter at dozens of interactive seminars addressing issues of ethics and professionalism through the State Bar of Montana’s Professionalism Committee, January 1996 through May 2018
  • Speaker, “Championship: Rights, Fights, and Popular Opinion,” ALFA International’s 2018 International Client Seminar, March 2018
  • Speaker, “Loyalty Has Limits,” The Seminar Group’s Montana Labor & Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • Speaker, “Teaching a Lawyer to Fish: The Karaoke Session,” ALFA International’s 2017 International Client Seminar, March 2017
  • Speaker, “What the Heck Happened?,” ALFA International’s 2016 International Client Seminar, March 2016
  • Speaker, “Creating an International Practice No Matter Where You Are,” Annual Business Meeting, ALFA International’s Annual Business Meeting, October 2015
  • Speaker, “Tribalism in the Courtroom: What Lawyers Need to Learn from Neuroscience about Bias, Loyalty, and the Behavior of Groups,” State Bar of Montana, January 2015; ALFA International’s 2015 International Client Seminar, ALFA International, March 2015; The Seminar Group’s Montana Labor & Employment Law Conference, March 2015
  • Speaker, “How and Where Your Business Can Be Sued in the U.S.,” ALFA International’s Asia Regional Seminar with Product Liability and IP/IT, May 2014
  • Speaker, “Honesty is Such a Lovely Word:  Is It Too Much to Ask?,” State Bar of Montana, January 2014; ALFA International’s 2014 International Client Seminar, January 2014
  • Speaker, “Protecting Rights or Picking Fights:  What Should Lawyers Really Be Doing for Their Clients?,” ALFA International’s 2013 International Client Seminar, March 2013
  • Speaker, “Implicit Bias,” The Seminar Group’s Montana Labor & Employment Law Conference, March 2012
  • Speaker, “Non-Competes and Other Baggage of Relationships Past,” State Bar of Montana’s Beat the Deadline CLE, May 2011
  • Speaker, “Strategies for Working with Evidence at Trial and Attacking Opposing Evidence,” NBI’s Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices Seminar, February 2011
  • Speaker, “FLSA and Wage and Hour Issues and Non-Competes and Other Post-Employment Obligations,” Lorman’s Employment Law From A to Z Seminar, January 2011
  • Speaker, “Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality,” The Seminar Group’s Montana Labor & Employment Law Conference, March 2009
  • Speaker, “Post-Courtal Separation Anxieties:  What Can Go Wrong After the Verdict Is In,” State Bar of Montana, January 2009
  • Author, “To Tell the Truth, Memory Isn’t That Good,” 63 Montana Law Review 337, 2002
  • Speaker and Mentor on Trial Skills and Legal Ethics, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, July 2001
  • Speaker, “Appellate Brief Writing,” State Bar of Montana, October 1989
  • Author, “Reappraising Reapportionment,” 22 Gonzaga Law Review 527, 1988