William V. Ballew, III


William V. Ballew, III

He has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas

  • General litigation
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Insurance defense
  • Railroad defense


Texas, 1984
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1990
New Mexico, 1999
Montana, 2005


University of Houston, J.D., 1984
Williams College, B.A., 1980

Associations & memberships

State Bar of Montana
American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New Mexico
Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Biographical details

Research Editor, Houston Law Review, 1983-1984
Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Personal information

Will was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Williams College in 1980 with a degree in history. He attended the University of Houston Law Center where he was a Research Editor of the Law Review and received his J.D. in 1984. He began his law practice in El Paso,Texas, with the law firm of Scott & Hulse, P.C. where he remained for 20 years and became a senior shareholder. He specialized in medical malpractice defense and railroad defense. He moved to Montana with his family in 2004 and is member of the Montana State Bar Association, the Montana Association of Defense Attorneys, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. Will is licensed to practice law in Montana, Texas and New Mexico, and is admitted to practice in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Will joined the firm of Spoon Gordon Ballew, PC in 2008. His law practice is entirely related to litigation. He is very experienced in insurance defense, medical malpractice, personal injury and construction litigation. He is also very experienced in railroad cases of all kinds (Fela, Grade Crossing, Haz Mat and Cargo) as well as Workers’ Compensation, Physician Peer Review, Employment and Securities litigation. He has tried over fifty jury trials in his career. As a Texas lawyer, he was Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Law. Will has given numerous lectures, seminars and presentations on litigation issues and taught at the University of Montana School of Law in the Trial Practice Course.

Before moving to Montana, Will was active with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, serving as the Board Chairman for two years and serving on the Texas Tech University School of Medicine Institutional Review Board. Over the years, Will has served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics and since moving to Missoula Five Valleys Land Trust.

When he’s not practicing law, Will enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs, fishing, hunting, and playing tennis.