James G. Edmiston
  • Partner






Jim was born and raised on a ranch in the Flathead Valley and attended school in Columbia Falls, Montana. In 1979, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in accounting/business administration from the University of Montana. In 1982, he received his law degree with honors from the University of Montana School of Law. Jim began practicing law in Billings in 1984. In 1988, he opened his own office. In 1999, Shane Colton joined the firm, which later became Edmiston & Colton.

Jim has two grown children Katie and Gray. He coached their youth baseball, softball, basketball and soccer teams. Jim's interests include all things fly-fishing, golf, skiing, backpacking, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the scenic back roads of Montana.

Jim is a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association), the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the Montana Bar Association, and the Yellowstone County Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in Montana State Courts, and the United States District Court for the District of Montana, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury 20%
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff 20%
  • Medical Malpractice 20%
  • Workers Compensation 20%
  • Wrongful Death 20%

Areas of Practice

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1982


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Montana
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Accounting/Business Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Montana Bar Association, Member
  • Yellowstone County Bar Association, Member