Kate McGrath Ellis

Kate McGrath Ellis
Email: kate@cplawmt.com
Phone: 406-442-3690

Kate McGrath Ellis’s practice primarily focuses on litigating cases on behalf of defendants in the areas of employment law, personal injury defense, and insurance law. She represents and counsels large and small businesses, employers, and state agencies in both state and federal district court and administrative proceedings. Her cases have been diverse, and include the following: representation of employers, including businesses and state agencies, in district court involving wrongful discharge claims; representation of a large governmental entity in obtaining insurance coverage for mass tort claims; representation of a large, mental health provider with locations throughout Montana in administrative proceedings involving unemployment insurance and discrimination claims, and in district court involving personal injury claims; representation of former employee in district court involving noncompete covenant; representation of small and large businesses in personal injury cases, including wrongful death and survival actions; representation of developers, contractors, and homeowners in construction cases; evaluation and consultation of employer’s employment policies and procedures; and review of subpoenas for the compulsion of healthcare information for medical providers.

Kate is also active in the State Bar, and serves on the State Bar of Montana’s Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board, and is the Trustee liaison for the Women’s Section of the State Bar and the CLE Institute. Prior to entering private practice, Kate clerked for the Montana Supreme Court for two years. Before entering the legal profession, Kate worked for a decade as a park ranger for the National Park Service, and had the pleasure to serve in Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks.

Practice Areas

Labor & Employment Law
Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

Montana, 2008
Oregon, 2009
U.S. District Court, Montana, 2009


1993 – B.S., Biology, Baker University, KS
1996 – M.S., Environmental Biology, Emporia State University, KS
2008 – J.D., University of Montana School of Law

Community Involvement

Trustee, State Bar of Montana, 2011 to present
 · Trustee Liaison, Women’s Section
 · Trustee Liaison, CLE Institute
 · Member, Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board
 · Member, Finance Committee for State Bar of Montana
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Co-chair, Annual Meeting Committee, State Bar of Montana, 2011
President, First Judicial District Bar Association, 2010
Member, Montana Medical Legal Panel

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana
Oregon State Bar
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
First Judicial District Bar Association
Montana Defense Trial Lawyers
American Bar Foundation