Tal joined DRM’s Education Unit in 2015 after over five years in private practice with an established medium-sized Missoula law firm. Tal’s private practice focused on family law, real estate and small business matters using a variety of dispute resolution methods including mediation, Collaborative Law and litigation. The sibling of an adult with Cerebral Palsy, Tal has a deep understanding of the impact positive support and strong advocacy can have on individuals with disabilities.
A graduate of the University of Montana School of Law (UMSL), Tal enjoyed numerous accolades there, including honorary membership in the Order of Barristers and awards for courtroom and appellate advocacy. Tal served on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team twice, where his brief on international humanitarian rights was awarded top ten honors in the Pacific Region. Tal was a semi-finalist in the ABA Pacific Region client counseling competition and served on the board of the Student Bar Association. An avid student of constitutional law, Tal engaged in extensive related coursework and was a graduate teaching assistant in the core constitutional law course. Tal co-coached the UMSL Jessup Moot Court Team for three years and has presented at UMSL, continuing education programs, the State Bar of Montana and the Montana Legislature in the area of family law, the Collaborative Law Process and Landlord-Tenant Law. Tal is licensed to practice law in both Montana and Washington.
In the public sector, Tal worked in development and later in prosecution at the Kings County District Attorney's Office (KCDA) in Brooklyn, New York. Tal served in the KCDA Executive Bureau as a researcher and grant writer for youth alternative-to-incarceration programs and later assisted in prosecuting perpetrators of child abuse and child homicide in the KCDA Crimes Against Children Bureau.
Tal's experience in project development, design and management, helps him bring a unique, problem solving approach to the practice of law. Prior to his legal career, Tal had an active career as a freelance art director, project manager and scenic/production designer for film, television, theatre and live events. Tal’s design work appeared throughout the U.S. and internationally in projects for MTV Networks (Nickelodeon, Spike TV, MTV, Comedy Central), NBC, ABC, CNN, the McGraw-Hill Companies, on Broadway, at regional theatre companies and in various film festivals. Tal earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude in Entertainment Design and Technology from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at the State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase College.
Tal is the past president of the Western Montana Bar Association and a 2013 fellow of the New Leader’s Council. In his spare time, Tal enjoys cooking, playing piano, spending time with his family, and all things Saint Bernard.