The Firm

Established in 1995, the firm is an outgrowth of the founder’s life long relationship with the construction industry.  From structural steel and pressure vessels for the oil refining and power industries to residential and commercial buildings, construction has been his life.  Making it the focus of a law practice was simply the next step down a road which started in the jungles of Venezuela.

Meet the Team

Clifton W. Hayden

Founder & Principal

Born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,1963

Admitted to the Montana District and Supreme Courts and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 1993


  • Montana State University (B.S., 1988)
  • University of Montana (J.D., with honors, 1993).
  • Vice-Magister Phi Delta Phi (1992-1993)


  • Co-Author: “Montana Construction Law: What to Do When. . .?” NBI.

Memberships & Associations

  • State Bar of Montana
  • American Bar Association
  • American Collectors Association: (1995-2006)
    • Member Attorney Program
    • Collection Notice Review Counsel
  • Member Northwest Montana Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law–Contract, Negotiation, Mediation & Litigation
  • Real Estate Law–Transactions, Mortgages, Liens, Title & Litigation
  • Specialty Lines Defense Litigation –Engineers, Architects & Surveyors
  • Municipal Law–General, Special and Criminal Counsel
  • Creditor Rights



Cynthia Granmo


A native of Whitefish, Montana, Cindy has an extensive legal background–from litigation support to research.  Prior to Joining HLO, Ms. Granmo was Claims Technical Examiner at National Flood Services, Inc


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