Tim Fox was born in 1957 as the fifth child of a hard-working Montana family. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in geology (1981), Juris Doctorate (1987), and Master in Public Administration (2018).
As Montana’s 24th Attorney General, Tim has successfully advanced legislation tackling repeat DUI offenders, cracking down on drug trafficking and synthetic drugs, improving the state’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry, and more. He has taken bold steps to defend Montana’s interests against federal overreach and out-of-state environmental groups, working often with his fellow attorneys general in other states. When media sought the name, address, date of birth, driver license number, and employer of every Concealed Weapons Permit holder in Montana, Tim refused those requests and protected the privacy and gun rights of Montanans. In 2014, Tim settled a dispute between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Missoula County Attorney over the handling of sexual assault cases. His intervention prevented an unprecedented overreach by the federal government into local affairs, while putting into action a statewide Montana-based plan to improve the state’s response to sexual assault. Tim also serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General, having been appointed to that position by the organization’s president in 2014.
Prior to being elected attorney general, Tim was a geologist in the oil and gas industry, and he practiced law in both the public and private sectors. He served as a law clerk to Montana Supreme Court Justice L.C. Gulbrandson, served as a public defender for the City of Billings, worked for the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana.
In 1999, Mountain West Bank, a Montana-based national bank, hired Tim as vice president and legal counsel. He served in that position for several years before joining one of Montana’s oldest law firms: Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman.
In his 31 years of experience as an attorney, Tim has litigated numerous complex cases for individuals and businesses. He has devoted considerable time to providing pro bono legal services to Montanans who cannot afford counsel, as well as to charitable and faith-based organizations. In one case, Tim helped the Alliance Defending Freedom defend a local church and its pastor when the state prosecuted them for teaching their beliefs from the pulpit. Tim also represented the Goldwater Institute in fighting the federal government’s efforts to invalidate one of Montana’s gun rights laws.
A dedicated philanthropist, Tim has served in leadership positions on the boards of directors for numerous charitable, educational, and faith-based organizations in Montana.
Tim is an adopted member of Montana’s Apsaalooke Nation (Crow Tribe), and his Apsaalooke name is Akchiwakii Xalusshish (Spiritual Runner).
Tim and his wife, Karen, have four children and six grandchildren.