Jason Ritchie

Recognized as one of the preeminent labor and employment attorneys in Montana, Jason Ritchie works intimately with businesses on every aspect of the employment relationship.  He regularly counsels clients in their day-to-day operations, conducts workplace investigations, and handles complex disputes in courts and administrative proceedings.  Jason also has extensive litigation experience in other areas, including:

  • Construction Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Bank Bad Faith and Lender Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Agriculture
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Duties and Shareholder Derivative Suits
  • Healthcare
  • Will and Estates Issues

Jason grew up farming in southern Idaho and then played football at Carroll College in Helena.  He was a partner at Holland & Hart LLP in Billings before joining Ritchie Manning Kautz PLLP.

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  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law—Management—Billings, Montana
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law—Individuals, Employment Law—Management, Labor Law—Management, Labor Law—Union, Litigation—Labor and Employment
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Employment & Labor

Admissions and Education

Bar Admissions

  • Montana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Montana
  • All Montana State Courts


  • University of Montana School of Law
    • J.D., 2004, With Honors
  • Carroll College
    • B.A, Business Administration, 2001

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “New DOL Overtime Rule,” Yellowstone County CPAs, October 2016
  • “New DOL Overtime Rule,” Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, October 2016
  • “New DOL Overtime Rule,” Rocky Mountain Bank, September 2016
  • “What You Need to Know as an Employer in the Bar Business,” Montana Tavern Association, September 2016
  • “Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Training,” 2013-2016
  • “Workforce Union Organizing Training,” July, 2016
  • “FLSA Training,” 2015, 2016
  • “FMLA Master Class” 2011-2016
  • “FMLA Update: Tricky Compliance Issues,” The Seminar Group Annual L&E Seminar March 2016
  • “Discipline, Documentation and Discharge – Avoiding Claims and Lawsuits,” 2011-2016
  • “Avoiding Wrongful Discharge,” 2005-2016
  • “What Employers Need To Know About Discrimination,” 2007, 2011, 2015
  • “Employment Law Update,” 2011
  • “Medical Marijuana at Work,” 2010 and 2011
  • “The New FMLA Regulations that Affect Your Workplace,” 2011


  • “50 Employment Laws in 50 States,” Montana sections, M. Lee Smith Publishers and Printers, Contributing Author, 2004 – Present
  • “Top Cop’s Wrongful Discharge Case Busted,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, August 2016
  • “Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow – Tips For Negotiating Employee Separations,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, July 2016
  • “An Employer, Employee, and Union Walk Into A Courtroom: Five Lessons Learned,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, July 2016
  • “Getting Rid of a Manager in Montana,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc. – MT, May 2016
  • “Five Tricky Wage and Hour Questions,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, May 2016
  • “Insurance Liability When Employee Injured Using Personal Vehicle,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, April 2016
  • “Fired HR Manager Has FLSA Anti-Retaliation Claim,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, April 2016
  • “Ten Tricky Montana Wage and Hour Questions,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, March 2016
  • “Public Sector Union Agency Fees Still Alive,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, March 2016
  • “HR Manager Fired After Complaining to Supervisors About Pay Practices Has FLSA Anti-Retaliation Claim,” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, February 2016
  • “Unique Montana Employment Laws (reworked parts of other articles/memos),” Business and Legal Resources, Inc.- MT, January 2016
  • “Montana Q&A,” Lexology Navigator – MT, January 2016
  • “Top Tip For The New Year: Train Your Supervisors,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, January 2016
  • “Do’s and Don’ts of Documentation,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, July 2015
  • “FMLA Self-Audit: Are You in Compliance?” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, May 2015
  • “FMLA Regulations to Be Revised to Include Same-Sex Spouses on Place of Celebration,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, July 2014
  • “Hot Tips for FMLA Compliance and Curbing Abuse,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, May 2014
  • “Keep Good Payroll Records to Defend Wage Claim,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, April 2014
  • “Overtime Pay Exemptions to Change Pursuant to President Obama’s Directive, Employers’ Lawyers Blog, March 2014
  • “Montana Supreme Court Stresses Right of Privacy in Employment Records,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, November 2013
  • “Statute of Limitations for Wage Claims, Punitive Damages for Constructive Discharge Claims and Supervisor Liability Clarified by Montana Supreme Court,” Employers’ Lawyers Blog, December 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Montana, Member
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association, Member