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John Doubek

John Doubek is Attorney in Helena and AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas

Personal injury law

Commercial litigation

Workers’ compensation

Products liability



Montana, 1976

U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 1976

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1977

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1978

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1988



St. Louis, Missouri

John Doubek was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved

to Helena, Montana as a young teenager.


University of Montana, J.D., 1976

Carroll College, B.A., with honors, 1973


Associations and memberships

First Judicial District Bar Association

State Bar of Montana

Montana Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice


Biographical details

Instructor, Business Law, Carroll College, Helena,

Montana, 1984-1987, 1991

John Doubek attended Carroll College and received his law degree from the University of Montana.

Out of law school, John Doubek handled some 80 trials and contested cases on behalf of the Montana Consumer Counsel, which represents the interests of the people of Montana against public utilities and railroads. These trials were held before the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC).

In 1978, John Doubek joined the law firm of Small & Hatch and has remained in private practice since then. The law firm of Small & Hatch became Small Hatch Doubek, Pyfer, then Doubek & Pyfer, then Doubek, Pyfer & Fox, then Doubek, Phyfer, Fox & Storrar and finally Doubek, Pyfer & Storrar, PLLP. Since 1981, the firm has exclusively represented plaintiffs. John Doubek primarily represents people who have suffered severe injuries as a result of car crashes, defective products, medical negligence, work injuries, slip-and-falls, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury and other accidents.

John Doubek has been Selected as the 2017 Best Attorney in Helena by Best of Helena. You can see this selection Here (Pg. 10). To reach Mr. Doubek, please visit our Contact page.




Pilot error and manufacturing defects on Embraer aircraft operated by Comair ($6 million)

Defective jet engine causing multiple deaths; evidence spoliation ($8.9 million from

multiple defendants)



Breach of fiduciary obligations and contract regarding an eye clinic ($1.1 million)

Breach of stock contract and fiduciary duties ($1.2 million)

Failure to adequately fund business and wrongful termination of credit ($1.5 million)

Improper termination of operating line of credit

Violation of corporation borrowing regulations

Violation of SEC rules regarding secondary stock offer disclosures ($15 million)



Failure to advise patient of consequences of latex exposure ($1 million)

Breach of standards regarding spinal fusion surgery and technique

Failure to monitor coagulation problems after prostate surgery

Failure to properly monitor patient during spinal anesthesia

Failure to properly treat glaucoma

Failure to properly treat ER patient with infectious respiratory illness

Failure to properly treat retinal detachment

Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer

Failure to timely diagnose colon cancer

Failure to timely diagnose prostate cancer

Failure to treat post-operative complications following cataract surgery

Injury to optic nerve during surgery

Failure to properly treat macular degeneration

Injury from misplaced screw during spinal fusion

Medical negligence resulting in injury to vagus nerve

Negligent handling of tissue for transplantation surgery ($2.2 million)

Negligent treatment post-CT myelogram complications

Negligent treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and catheter insertion

Failure to monitor clotting issues post surgery of lower extremity resulting in death

Misdiagnosis of biopsy resulting in unnecessary kidney removal

Failure to monitor post surgery medication reaction resulting in death




In re: Montana Power Company (1979) 180 Mont. 385, 590 P.2d 1140: Ruling establishing law that original cost depreciation is to be used in rate base calculation, not fair value.

State Bank of Townsend v. Maryann’s (1982) 204 Mont. 21, 664 P.2d 295: Ruling permitting use of financial projections to establish damages.

State ex rel. Dep’t. of Public Service Regulation v. Montana Irrigators (1984) 209 Mont. 375, 680 P.2d 963: Ruling establishing basic concepts for use in ratemaking.

Montana Power Company v. Montana Public Service Commission (1984) 214 Mont. 82, 692 P.2d 432: Ruling establishing Public Service Commission’s use of discretion in setting utility rates.

Kimes v. Herrin (1985) 217 Mont. 330, 705 P.2d 108: Ruling requiring exclusion of evidence when its probative value outweighed by prejudice.

State Fund v. Chapman (1994) 267 Mont. 484, 885 P.2d 407: Ruling that Workers’ Compensation Court could not set aside its own judgment entered more than two years earlier.

Dagel v. Farmers Insurance Group (1995) 273 Mont. 402, 903 P.2d 1359: Ruling permitting pursuit of underinsurnace proceeds without exhausting underlying policy limits.

Bueling v. Swift 1998 MT 112: Ruling preventing multiple defendants from each having four peremptory challenges unless hostility is established.

Harding v. Deiss 2000 MT 169: Ruling that comparative negligence is not an appropriate defense in medical negligence case.

McCauley v. Thompson-Nistler 2000 MT 215: Ruling regarding evidence necessary to establish public prescriptive easement.

Dyess v. Meagher County 2003 MT 78: Ruling stating EMT trainee was not an employee for purposes of determining workers compensation exclusivity.

Edie v. Gray 2005 MT 224: Ruling stating that a tenant need not give a landlord notice of unsafe conditions and that failure to provide fit and habitable living space is violative of the Montana Residential Landlord Tenant Act as a matter of law.

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