District Court Candidate Profile: Judge David Grubich

Judge David Grubich is a District Court Judge in Cascade County and seeks to retain his seat in November. He brings a unique and broad background to the court. He was appointed in July 2021 by Governor Gianforte. Before that, he served three years in a judicial position as the District Court Standing Master, hearing primarily family law cases including divorce and parenting plan proceedings. He also served as judge for the Veterans and Drug Treatment Courts assisting Judge Greg Pinski.

David is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was stationed at Malmstrom AFB, where he served honorably in the Security Forces. Following his military service, David served a ten-year career in law enforcement rising from patrol officer to detective.   

While still in law enforcement, David and his wife, Valerie, opened a coffeehouse, which they successfully operated for five years. They sold their business and used the proceeds and savings to put themselves through law school. David graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law and worked at the Ugrin firm in Great Falls as a civil litigator practicing in a wide range of civil law areas.

David and Valerie have remodeled many homes in Great Falls together, doing most of the work themselves. David loves working with his hands, getting dirty, and creating quality homes for others. He and Valerie received the NeighborWorks Great Falls award for most improved rental 2020-2021.

David actively supports our community through community service, which has included leadership positions in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Great Falls, the Cascade County Law Clinic (providing access to justice to low-income residents), the Cascade County Bar Association, Eagle Mount – Great Falls (current Board member), The Fortnightly, and is a current member of Rotary Electric in Great Falls. David actively promotes and practices volunteerism.   

Judge Grubich’s judicial philosophy is simple. Apply the law as it is written, protect the Constitutional rights of those appearing before him, and do not overstep the authority given to him as a judge. He has no political background and believes politics has no place on the bench. His judicial decision-making is driven by a desire to make decisions in strict accordance with the law. He is truly unbiased and independent. He is known for his integrity, character, work ethic, and his even-tempered, respectful, and common-sense approach to addressing people and cases.

David’s judicial experience presiding over family law cases ensures we have a judge well-versed in protecting the best interests of the children in our community. He brings dignity to the bench, and you can trust David will do his job as you would expect a judge to do it. He seeks justice and will protect our community.   

David lives in Great Falls with his wife, Valerie, and son, Evan. They enjoy dancing and all the wonders Montana has to offer. His love for his family inspires and fulfills him. His love for this community drives him to serve as judge for as long as Cascade County will have him.

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