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Montana Federal Prosecutor Inducted Into American College Of Trial Lawyers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

HELENA-Assistant United States Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard was inducted today in London, England, into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Thaggard was inducted during the group's annual meeting, which was held in London this year.

Thaggard is currently the Criminal Chief of the District of Montana United States Attorney's Office. Membership in the College is by invitation only and involves a rigorous selection process. Fellowship is limited to one percent of the lawyers in any state, and to those who have distinguished themselves in trial practice for at least 15 years. Thaggard joins the ranks of a select group of Montana lawyers, which includes six federal court judges.

It is an honor to be nominated and I am humbled to join such distinguished company," said Thaggard. "Today represents a profound accomplishment for Joe and our office," said Michael Cotter, United States Attorney for the District of Montana. "Joe exemplifies the highest levels of what it means to be a trial attorney, prosecutor and leader. This august distinction is well-deserved and we applaud the hard work, fortitude, and countless courtroom hours that this distinction represents."

Thaggard is a graduate of the University of Montana law school, and began his practice in 1989 as a Deputy County Attorney in Richland County, Montana, and an Associate Attorney at the Sidney Law firm of Koch and Carter. From 1990 through July 2002, Thaggard served as an Assistant Montana Attorney General in the Montana Department of Justice. Since July 2002, Thaggard has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Montana United States Attorney's Office, recently becoming the office's Criminal Chief. Thaggard has prosecuted a wide variety of cases during his career, including several complex murder and drug cases. He recently convicted Robert Farrell Armstrong, aka, "Dr. Bob," the leader of a significant Bakken drug trafficking organization. Thaggard has served as trial counsel in an estimated 700 cases over the course of his career thus far.

Updated January 14, 2015