At Murphy Myers, we've been told our expectations may be too high, but you'll find those expectations mean we accept nothing but the best from our team. Our founders set a mission to achieve superior results for each and every client, which means our team members represent you in the way we would want to be represented: aggressively, creatively, and effectively.
Brooke B. Murphy
Brooke Bradley Murphy focuses her practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, commercial and insurance defense, class action litigation, and products liability litigation. She has served as lead counsel in a number of litigated cases ranging from medical malpractice matters to commercial contract disputes and tried cases in both state and federal courts. Brooke instills confidence in her clients through her thoughtful, strategic approach to cases, her dynamic and persuasive courtroom presence, and her finely tuned sense of judgment on the most challenging legal decisions.
It is not surprising that the legal community has taken note of Brooke. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America in the fields of Products Liability Litigation and Commercial Litigation yearly since 2009. In 2018, she was selected as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Products Liability Litigation - Defendants. Brooke has also been named a Mountain States Super Lawyer or Rising Star every year since 2008. She was recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women" lawyers in the Mountain States in 2018, and one of the "Top 100" lawyers in the Mountain States overall. Brooke enjoys an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating the highest level of professional excellence.
Brooke is an advocate for women and diversity in the legal profession and is currently a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, and her state and local bar associations. She is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Litigation Counsel of America. Brooke is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Brooke obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Montana School Of Law and is admitted to practice before all Montana state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following law school, Brooke joined the law firm known as Matovich, Keller & Murphy, PC and became a shareholder in January of 2006. In 2018 she founded MurphyMyers PLLC with Jesse Myers, focusing her talents on providing personal, practical, and cost-effective representation to her diverse clientele.
Brooke has a deep sense of community and is very active civically. She serves as the president of the Alberta Bair Theater Board of Advisors and is also on the Board of Visitors for the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Brooke is married to Gavin Murphy, and together they have three incredible children. When not in the office, Brooke enjoys coaching and/or attending her kids’ sporting events and traveling with her family.
Jesse Myers focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation matters, including insurance defense, insurance coverage and extra-contractual claims, and personal injury defense. He also represents clients in product liability litigation, employment matters, and contract disputes. Regardless of the specific industry or area of law involved, if Jesse has not already studied and engaged in litigation on the subject, he is dedicated to mastering it to be the best partner to his clients.
Jesse's diverse background allows him to bring a unique level of creativity, clear and strategic thinking, and intense focus to representing his clients. He is passionate about his clients’ cases and causes and takes pride in personally working up all facets of litigation—from briefing, fact and expert discovery, through trial and, if needed, appeal. Jesse’s experience brings his clients better courtroom results and also better settlements because adversaries know he will not back down from litigation, but will always take the course most advantageous for his client.
Jesse recognizes the most important thing about a legal matter is not its size or complexity, but the way it affects the people and businesses involved in it. For this reason, direct client communication and immediate response to client needs are core values to Jesse. He will often tell his clients: "If you find yourself losing sleep about your case, call me, we may not find the perfect solution at 2:00 a.m., but at least you’ll know your attorney is there for you and thinking about the case with you."
Jesse graduated from the University of Montana School of Law and received his LL.M. from the University of Washington. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and admitted to practice before all Montana state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.
Following law school, Jesse worked for the Office of the State Public Defender where he defended and tried numerous cases involving allegations ranging from DUI to deliberate homicide. In 2012, he transitioned to a civil insurance defense practice before representing a national transportation company on a variety of claims and lawsuits, including some of the biggest litigation exposures in Montana. Jesse founded Murphy Myers with Brooke Murphy in 2018 to provide full service, first-class legal services spanning the spectrum of litigation and related areas.
Jesse’s busy practice does not stop him from serving the Billings community. He teaches an undergraduate section of business law at Montana State University – Billings as an adjunct professor, serves on the board of directors for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and supports several local non-profit organizations with his wife.
Janna M. Wittenberg
Janna M. Wittenberg focuses her practice on civil litigation matters, including insurance defense, employment matters, guardianships, and contract and property disputes. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts as lead counsel, second chair, and local counsel.
Janna obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where she was a teaching assistant for legal research and writing and appellate advocacy classes, helped draft a water law textbook, and earned a concurrent M.A. in Environment and Natural Resources. Before law school, she obtained a M.S. in Psychology from Montana State University.
Janna is admitted to practice before all Montana state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. She is also admitted in North Dakota and Colorado (inactive).
Janna came to Murphy Myers following a clerkship with the Montana Supreme Court, before which she was a public defender in Billings (doing mostly guardianships and involuntary commitments), an associate with the Billings office of Axilon Law Group, PLLC (a civil litigation defense firm), and an associate drafting oil and gas title opinions in Denver.
Janna has lived in cities across the United States and is confident communicating and working with clients of all backgrounds. Janna is currently vice-president of the women’s section of the Montana Bar. For fun, she volunteers with the Yellowstone Art Museum and Habitat for Humanity, plays the cello, and enjoys spending time with her dog, Dash.