MSUB Alumni selected as 40 Under Forty winners

Ross McClinden

Psychology, 2004


general counsel, Avitus Group


Ross McLindenAlthough he practices law in Montana, Ross McLinden has become quite familiar with employment laws in many other states.


McLinden is general counsel for Avitus Group, a Billings-based firm providing a variety of business-related services for clients throughout the country. Before McLinden arrived, Avitus Group relied on outside attorneys. The fact that he has gone to work full time for the company is one measure of how the company has grown since its founding in 1996.


Describe how you got where you are in your work today: An inherent drive to work hard (whatever the task may be).


What’s the biggest challenge you face in your job? Time management. There are only so many hours in a day.


What’s the best business advice you have received? Own your mistakes and then learn from them.


Who gave you that advice? I don’t recall, but it is often-repeated advice that is much easier said than done.


Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: Get more people actively involved on nonprofit boards that they feel strongly about.


Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? How consistently the desired result is obtained, regardless of the task.


Which living person do you most admire? My father


What do you consider your greatest achievement? I am hopeful that it is yet to come.


I’m happiest when I … see my baby daughter smile.


Article credit: Billings Gazette
Photo credit: James Woodcock, Billings Gazette


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