Michael McKeon

For Butte District Court Judge

My Pledge

As your District Court Judge, I pledge to uphold the Montana Constitution and the rule of law with the utmost respect and fairness. I promise to bring to the court a balanced perspective, shaped by years of legal experience and a deep understanding of the challenges our community faces. Justice, in my courtroom, will not just be a concept; it will be a lived reality, accessible to all.

- Michael McKeon

Growing Up Butte

I am one of the lucky few in this world to say I was born and raised in Butte, Montana. In 1981, my parents, Mick McKeon and Carol (Stosich) McKeon, brought me into this proud heritage, at St James Hospital. My mom is a lifelong Butte resident, raised by lifelong Butte union members, Margret (Markovich) and Tony Stosich. My father, a long-time Butte trial lawyer was born and raised in Anaconda where he proudly served as a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention.

I was part of the first kindergarten class at Butte Central in 1987, graduating with the class of 2000. Throughout my time growing up here, I was involved in most sports Butte had to offer. I was a member of the Butte Tarpons swim team, the Butte Blues hockey team, as well as Butte Central football, swimming, and tennis. I was All-State in swimming but was cut from the golf team. Butte and its history, have always been a large part of my life. My breakfast tenure at the M&M began when I was 2 with my grandpa. I rode the carousel at Silver Bow Pizza, watched our Lady of the Rockies get helicoptered to the top of the east ridge from my grandparents’ house on Grand Avenue and I still miss a sandwich from the Deluxe.

Academia

My academic pursuits took me to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I attended Villanova University. There, I delved into the particulars of communication, emerging in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree that honed my ability to articulate and advocate effectively.

Following in the footsteps of my father, the call to law was a natural progression for me, leading me home to Montana. At the University of Montana School of Law, my passion for justice and advocacy found its true calling. In 2008, I graduated with a Juris Doctorate, not just equipped with legal expertise but with a vision to make a tangible difference in people’s lives, returning home to begin my practice one week after taking the Montana Bar exam.

Career and Commitment

In my professional journey, I have tirelessly represented those impacted by the negligence and wrong doings of others. My approach is not just about legal representation; it’s about restoring dignity and justice to those I have served. Growing up, my father, a delegate to the 1972 Constitutional Convention, deeply ingrained in me a reverence for that exceptional document. He often emphasized its greatness and through that I learned our Montana Constitution is more than just a document. It champions the principles of public equality, transparency, citizen involvement in governance, respect for individual dignity, the right to a clean and healthy environment, fiscal responsibility, and safeguards against exploitation by individuals, organizations, and corporations. I believe these principles are the bedrock of a thriving human community. My candidacy for Butte District Court Judge is driven by a commitment to uphold these timeless values, and foster a positive community here in our hometown.