Voters in Yellowstone County have an opportunity to elect, as district judge, William “Bill" Speare, whom I have known since he began his legal career with my law firm. Speare is now a successful partner in his own law firm, and I have watched him mature into an exceptionally capable and respected lawyer in the following years.
Very few lawyers are able to discern the relevant issues in a legal matter as well as Speare. In addition, Speare very capably expresses and analyzes those issues, both orally and in printed legal documents.
Besides being a strong advocate, I know Speare to be a man of high principle and very concerned with maintaining the highest ethics of his profession. Even in the most zealous advocacy, Speare is never tempted to undermine the ethical principles that are essential to maintain the integrity of the legal profession. He has much experience in mediation and no doubt will, as a district judge, be a supporter of alternative dispute resolution in order that citizens of Yellowstone County will be able to more quickly resolve legal controversies.
Speare enjoys the respect of both the legal and lay communities, having been active in a variety of bar and local altruistic and cultural organizations. Speare is a man devoted to his family and very involved in the raising of his two daughters. I strongly believe that Bill Speare would bring respect, knowledge and integrity to the Yellowstone Court.
Brent R. Cromley