Mr. Doherty earned his B.A. in 1975 from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1984. While at the Law School, he was the Research & Developments Editor of Environmental Law. After graduation, Mr. Doherty joined the Portland, Oregon law firm of Spears, Lubersky, Campbell, Bledsoe, Anderson & Young as an associate. He later returned to Montana and joined the firm of Graybill, Ostrem, Warner & Crotty. He was a partner at Smith & Doherty in Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Doherty’s practice concentrated on Indian law, civil litigation, personal injury, civil rights, and representation of Reservation school districts and tribal housing authorities. He is a member of the State Bars of Montana and Oregon and the Federal Bars in those states. He served in the Montana State Senate from 1991 to 2003. He was the chairman of the Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission of Montana, 2005-2009. He recently left the active practice of law and was appointed Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior for the Northwest region.
He is a recipient of the following awards: Montana Environmental Information Center, Conservationist of the Year 2002; Montana Trial Lawyers Association; Eleanor Roosevelt Global Fellowship 2001; Northwest Energy Coalition Conservation Eagle Award 1999, among others.