Governor Greg Gianforte today announced his appointment of Thomas Pardy to serve on the Thirteenth Judicial District in Yellowstone County.

Pardy will fill the vacancy created by Thirteenth Judicial District Judge Michael G. Moses’ retirement, effective July 1, 2023.

“Thomas is an accomplished attorney who is committed to the fair, consistent, and objective application of the law and who will interpret laws, not make them from the bench,” Gov. Gianforte said. “I look forward to his service to the people of Yellowstone County on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court.”

Pardy graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1998. He has run his own practice, Pardy Law Firm, P.C., for 8 years, and served as Billings Deputy City Attorney since 2015.

Governor Gianforte announced an advisory council of attorneys and community leaders in Yellowstone County to assist in identifying and reviewing qualified candidates to fill the district court judge vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District.

The governor concluded, “I thank the members of advisory council for serving their community and giving their time to review and recommend highly qualified nominees to serve as the new district court judge.”

On May 18, the advisory council held a public meeting to consider applicants and review Montanans’ public comments. The advisory council forwarded two nominees to the governor.

The governor interviewed the two candidates advanced by the advisory council.