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Biography of Wade Dahood


Biography of Wade Dahood



Wade J. Dahood is a senior partner in the Anaconda law firm of Knight & Dahood, where he practices in the areas of condemnation law, personal injury, products liability, criminal law and workers’ compensation. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Montana Law School in 1951. Mr. Dahood was an Army Judge Advocate General Officer during the Korean War and was assigned to the Pentagon as a Defense Appellate counsel arguing cases before the United States Court of Military Appeals. He returned to Montana where he has practiced law continuously since 1952.

Mr. Dahood is a founder and past president of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, a former member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Montana School of Law, a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was on the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has been listed in the edition: “Best Lawyer in America”.

In 1969 Mr. Dahood was one of four members appointed by the Montana Supreme Court to the sixteen member Montana Constitutional Revision Commission that had been authorized by the Montana Legislature to compile information on the need for revision of the 1889 Montana Constitution. That Commission reported its results to the 1971 Legislature and the information became the basis for delegates to work on once the Convention was convened. In late 1971 he was elected delegate to the 1972 Constitutional Convention by the voters of Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Granite & Powell Counties. At the 1972 Convention Dahood was Chair of the Bill of Rights Committee, which produced the most outstanding Bill of Rights (Declaration of Rights) in any state in the nation, expanding both individual and collective rights. It enumerated 35 rights, 17 of which did not even have a parallel in the US Constitution. He remains in active legal practice today.

Publication Date

Winter 2016

Biography of Wade Dahood