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John C. Doubek, III

Mr. Doubek is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for his professionalism
and ethics.

Practice areas


  • Montana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1988


  • University of Montana, J.D., 1976
  • Carroll College, B.A., with honors, 1973

Associations and memberships

  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice

Biographical details

  • Instructor, Business Law, Carroll College, Helena, Montana, 1984-1987, 1991–


  • St. Louis, Missouri

Mr. Doubek was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Helena, Montana as a young teenager.
He attended Carroll College and received his law degree from the University of Montana.

Out of law school, Mr. Doubek handled some 80 trials and contested cases on behalf of the Montana Consumer Counsel, which represents the interests of the people of Montana against public utilities and railroads. These trials were held before the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC).

In 1978, Mr. Doubek joined the law firm of Small & Hatch and has remained in private practice since then. The law firm of Small & Hatch became Small Hatch Doubek, Pyfer, then Doubek & Pyfer, and finally Doubek, Pyfer & Fox. Since 1981, the firm has exclusively represented plaintiffs. Mr. Doubek primarily represents people who have suffered severe injuries as a result of car crashes, defective products, medical negligence, work injuries, slip-and-falls, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury and other accidents.



  • Pilot error and manufacturing defects on Embraer aircraft operated by Comair ($6 million)
  • Defective jet engine causing multiple deaths; evidence spoliation ($8.9 million from
    multiple defendants)


  • Breach of fiduciary obligations and contract regarding an eye clinic ($1.1 million)
  • Breach of stock contract and fiduciary duties ($1.2 million)
  • Failure to adequately fund business and wrongful termination of credit ($1.5 million)
  • Improper termination of operating line of credit
  • Violation of corporation borrowing regulations
  • Violation of SEC rules regarding secondary stock offer disclosures ($15 million)


  • Failure to advise patient of consequences of latex exposure ($1 million)
  • Breach of standards regarding spinal fusion surgery and technique
  • Failure to monitor coagulation problems after prostate surgery
  • Failure to properly monitor patient during spinal anesthesia
  • Failure to properly treat glaucoma
  • Failure to properly treat ER patient with infectious respiratory illness
  • Failure to properly treat retinal detachment
  • Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer
  • Failure to timely diagnose colon cancer
  • Failure to timely diagnose prostate cancer
  • Failure to treat post-operative complications following cataract surgery
  • Injury to optic nerve during surgery
  • Failure to properly treat macular degeneration
  • Injury from misplaced screw during spinal fusion
  • Medical negligence resulting in injury to vagus nerve
  • Negligent handling of tissue for transplantation surgery ($2.2 million)
  • Negligent treatment post-CT myelogram complications
  • Negligent treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and catheter insertion
  • Failure to monitor clotting issues post surgery of lower extremity resulting in death
  • Misdiagnosis of biopsy resulting in unnecessary kidney removal
  • Failure to monitor post surgery medication reaction resulting in death


Doubek, Pyfer & Fox PC serves clients throughout Western Montana.