Kate McGrath Ellis

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

Kate litigates cases in the areas of employment law, insurance law, real estate, and personal injury, primarily on behalf of defendants. She represents and counsels large and small businesses, employers, and state agencies in both state and federal district court, administrative proceedings, and alternate dispute resolution. Her experience is diverse, and includes cases involving wrongful discharge claims,  non-compete covenants, unemployment insurance claims, and discrimination claims; insurance coverage for mass tort claims; personal injury claims, including wrongful death and survival actions; and evaluation and consultation of clients’ employment policies and procedures.

Kate is also active in the State Bar of Montana as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and a member of the 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
Insurance Law
Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

Montana, 2008
Oregon, 2010
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

Chair, Board of Trustees, State Bar of Montana, September 2018 to present
 · 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