DOJ: News Release

McGrath Appoints Butte Man as State Solicitor

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath has hired Brian Morris, an attorney with the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, as solicitor for the Department of Justice.

Before accepting the United Nations position in January 2000, Morris was a partner in the Bozeman law firm of Goetz, Madden and Dunn for five years.

In 1992, Morris graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where he served as associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. His varied legal experience includes serving as a law clerk to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, to Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John Noonan, Jr. in San Francisco, California.

“I’m very pleased to be able to bring someone with Brian’s outstanding legal credentials and experience back to Montana,” McGrath said.

Morris was born in Butte and attended school there before attending college in California. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, he played varsity football for Stanford for five years.

McGrath said he asked Morris to join his staff because of his interest in constitutional law, especially appellate advocacy.

As state solicitor, the 37-year-old Morris will concentrate on complex civil litigation matters in state and federal court. He will earn $72,500.

Morris succeeds Clay Smith, who took a similar position with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office in February.

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