The firm of Luxan & Murfitt, PLLP, is a professional limited liability partnership. It is a successor to Luxan & Scribner (1955-62) and has operated under its present name since 1962, when H. J. Luxan (1918-1984) and Walter S. Murfitt (1930-2002) formed the present firm.

The attorneys at Luxan & Murfitt span several generations, and are dedicated to serving our clients and serving the local and statewide community. Dale Reagor, of counsel, joined the firm in 1978 after graduation from law school and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Candace Payne, the firm’s senior partner, joined the firm in 1995, after three years with the Doney Law Firm. Gregory Gould was with the firm from 1998 to 2004, and rejoined the firm in 2010, after serving as in-house counsel for the state’s largest health insurer. Mark Lancaster joined the firm in 2010 after working in a litigation firm in Great Falls.

The experienced attorneys at Luxan & Murfitt place a high premium on effective legal representation. While the firm has a strong track record of winning cases at both the appellate and trial level, we avoid costly litigation bringing whenever possible. Whether bringing or defending a lawsuit, restructuring a business organization, or representing a health care provider in a reimbursement dispute, we make every effort to resolve our clients’ legal matters in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Our firm provides the capable, competent, and thorough legal services each client would expect from a reputable, business-oriented law firm. Our attorneys give each matter a high degree of personal attention. We understand that each client’s affairs are pressing and we work hard to respond to client needs by promptly returning phone calls and providing ready access to your attorney.

In our experience, close collaboration between the attorney and the client is essential to the successful resolution of legal matters. We believe it is important for the client to understand the key issues involved in the case, as well as the pros and cons of pursuing various legal strategies. We work with our clients to create the effective working relationships that are critical to handling their legal matters.

Our attorneys practice statewide, routinely appearing in all state and federal trial courts including the Montana Water Court, the Montana Supreme Court, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A number of our attorneys also have extensive experience appearing before the legislature as lobbyists, and before various state and federal administrative agencies as legal counsel.

DarAnne Dunning

Attorney, Associate

DarAnne is a fifth-generation Montanan, raised on her family’s cattle ranch in a beautiful area of southeastern Montana near Otter where her family has ranched for 130 years.  She received her undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Communication Studies (Rhetoric and Public Discourse emphasis) with high honors from the University of Montana, and stayed in Missoula to receive her law degree with honors (Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate).  She also served as editor-in-chief of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review.  DarAnne specializes in estate planning and probate, real property, environmental and natural resources, and business formation.  When not in the office, she and her husband chase their twin daughters and black lab around Helena’s trails, and she still tries to find time to paint and do photography.

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Gregory G. Gould

Attorney, Partner

Greg was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and History/Political Science (1980) and a law degree (1983) from the University of Montana. Greg has broad legal experience representing individuals, government agencies and businesses, including health care providers, lenders and health insurers.  He has 11 years of experience as in-house counsel at Montana’s state Medicaid agency, 6 years of experience as in-house counsel for Montana’s largest health insurer, and over 12 years in private practice.  His areas of practice include health care, housing finance, government and administrative law, insurance, real property, business and commercial law and litigation.  Greg is active in the community, serving on community, professional and service organization boards.  Greg’s hobbies include skiing, outdoor recreation and performing in local bands on vocals and guitars.

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Mark I. Lancaster

Attorney, Partner

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Mark has a Business Degree from Montana State University – Bozeman (University Honors) and went to Law School at the University of Montana. He is glad to have made it back to Helena, where he grew up.  Mark’s practice focuses on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in court. He works with many areas of civil law, and prefers to work together with a client to determine the best means to meet that specific client’s goal. Mark practices in all state and federal courts in Montana, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  A lifelong Montana resident, Mark spends his time away from work playing cards with family and friends, floating rivers, climbing mountains, and volunteering with community non-profits.

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Candace C. Payne

Attorney, Senior Partner

Candace is a fourth generation Montanan. She was born in Big Timber and raised in the Billings area, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Montana College in 1989 and her law degree from the University of Montana in 1992.  She has been in private practice in Helena since being admitted to the Bar in 1992, and at Luxan & Murfitt since 1995.  Candace’s areas of practice include government relations, civil practice, administrative law, business law, and real estate. Candace has served on a number of community boards and is the Past President of the Helena Kiwanis Club. For recreation, Candace spends her time fly fishing with her husband. She also plays bass and fiddle in a local Blue Grass band.

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Dale E. Reagor

Attorney, Of Counsel

Dale graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. After serving in the military, he went to law school at the University of Montana, receiving his law degree with honors. While at law school, he was the editor-in-chief of the Montana Law Review. Dale has served on a number of community boards and has been president of the Helena Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Club. His spare time is devoted to church, family, and outdoor recreation.

24 West 6th Ave., Helena, Montana

 

Luxan & Scribner (1955-1962) first opened its doors in the Union Bank & Trust Company building, known today as Wells Fargo on Last Chance Gulch.  In 1981 Luxan & Murfitt moved in the fourth floor of the Montana Club building, which it continues to own and occupy today.

The Montana Club is the oldest, private social club in the Northwest. Located in the heart of historic downtown Helena, members enjoy fine dining, elegant ambiance, special events and use of the Club for private dining and meetings, parties and weddings.

The Montana Club was organized as a private men’s organization in 1885. In those days, because of gold mining in the vicinity, it was said that Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city. In 1891, a subscription drive was launched to construct a club building and a triangular lot was purchased in the center of the business district. By 1903, a six story building of gothic architecture was in use by club members.

Unfortunately, the Club burned to the ground in April, 1903, leaving only the foundation and the stone arches on the first floor. Insurance covered only half of the loss, but members immediately launched a subscription drive to rebuild. Within two weeks after the fire, Cass Gilbert, a renowned St. Paul and New York architect with ties to Helena agreed to draw plans for the new building. Six weeks later preliminary plans had been prepared and construction began in March, 1904. The new building (cost, $125,000) was ready for use in June, 1905. There were “boarders” rooms during that era on the 5th floor in which out of town or Helena members resided. The sixth floor ballroom features twenty five stained glass windows designed to represent “the progress of civilization in Montana” of Indians and early settlers, miners, ranchers, farmers, timbermen and railroad expansion.

By the 1970’s the Club building was deteriorating and badly needed remodeling. A major fund drive provided moneys to add a second elevator, safety and fire code requirements were dealt with, and portions of the building were placed in condominium. The main dining room and kitchen are located on the second floor. The 6th floor ballroom is heavily used, and when the state legislature is in session every other year, lawmakers frequently patronize the club.

For more information visit:  http://mtclub.org/

Special thanks to Drumlummon Press for historical assistance.