Firm: Avignone, Banick & Williams, PLLC
Address: 3825 Valley Commons Drive, Suite 6
Bozeman, MT 59718
Membership: State Bar of Montana; State Bar of New Jersey; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member); Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Founding Lifetime Member; President, 2009).
University: Montclair State University, B.A., 1971; Seton Hall University, M.S., 1976; Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.B.A., 1980, Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 1984
Admitted: 1984, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1991, Montana; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2008, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Al Avignone is generally regarded as one of the most effective trial attorneys in Montana. Since being admitted to practice in 1984, Mr. Avignone has successfully represented numerous defendants in high profile felony criminal cases and tried many major and complex criminal and civil jury and bench trials in New Jersey and Montana. In 2003, Mr. Avignone was named the Montana criminal defense lawyer of the year by the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.Mr. Avignone has received an AV preeminent rating in Martindale Hubbell indicating that his peers and judges believe he has achieved the highest level of professional excellence.Mr. Avignone lives and practices law in Bozeman, Montana with his law partner and wife, Lisa Banick. Al and Lisa are avid alpine skiers and fly fishers. They can often be spotted skiing the powder of the local ski area, Bridger Bowl, or wading and fishing one of the many blue ribbon trout streams located around Bozeman.Graduate: Justice J. Brennan, Jr., Inn of Court (Trial Lawyer Program, 1987-1989). Prosecutor, Orange, NJ, 1985-1988; New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, 1991-1992. Gallatin County Public Defender, 1994-1996. Montana Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2003; State and federal court approved for appointment in capital cases.