Billings deputy attorney tapped for Yellowstone County District Court bench

Gov. Greg Gianforte on Monday tapped Billings city deputy attorney Thomas Pardy to take the District Court bench in Yellowstone County. 

Pardy will succeed District Court Judge Michael Moses following Moses’ retirement on July 1.

The Howard, South Dakota-raised lawyer has been a civil attorney for the city of Billings office since 2015. He twice operated his own firm in Billings, with a stint as Mountain West Bank’s staff attorney in between. 

Thomas Pardy, 2018 file photo. 

Although a civil attorney at the city of Billings, roughly 50% of Pardy’s private practice included criminal defense, according to his application submitted to the governor’s office. The other 50%, Pardy said, was handling family law, real estate, banking, human resources, contracts, bankruptcy and appeals. 

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Pardy graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1998 and in 2018 retired from the Army National Guard with the rank of Master Sgt. after 32 years of service.

In 2018 Pardy campaigned for District Court judge in Yellowstone County, losing out to Judge Collette Davies. Pardy said then

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