Virginia McGuire Fitz ’25


University of Montana School of Law, Class of 1925


Born:

+++++30 June 1903, in Anaconda, Montana

Parents:

+++++James P McGuire and Katherine Corcoran

Education:

  • Anaconda High School 1920
  • A.B., University of Montana 1925

Legal Education:

+++++LL.B., University of Montana School of Law 1925

Employment:

  • Legal Department, W. A. Clark, Butte (before law school)
  • W. I. Lippincott, Butte
  • Assistant Bill Clerk, Montana State Senate, 1927 & 1929
  • Associate Attorney, Rocky Mountain Pacific Oil Company, Billings
  • Private Practice, with Senator Keeley, Deer Lodge 1929 (“It is understood that Miss McGuire will handle much of the detail or office work.” Montana Standard 19 March 1929)

Married:

+++++Esper W. Ritz

Died:

+++++15 October 1973, in Seattle, Washington


“Miss Virginia Marie McGuire possesses the mental resources, the energy and interests that would have made her successful in almost any vocation. She is one of the talented woman lawyers of Montana, and she is now practicing at Deer Lodge. . . .
+++++She graduated from the Anaconda High School in 1920, and in 1925 took the A. B. and LL. B. degrees at the University of Montana. In the meantime she had been gaining some practical experience in certain phases of legal work, having been employed in the legal department of the W. A. Clark interests at Butte, and for a year and a half was in the office of Attorney W. I. Lippincott at Butte. She was assistant bill clerk of the State Senate in 1927 and again in the session of 19929. Miss McGuire for two years brought the qualities of an expert mind and a searching legal knowledge to her work as associate attorney for the Rocky Mountain Pacific Oil Company of Billings, investigating and examining and passing upon abstracts of title coming from the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Since locating at Deer Lodge Miss McGuire has been associated in practice with Senator Keeley.
+++++She is Republican in politics, and the party has given her some important responsibilities in campaign work. She is a member of the Catholic Church, and is the youngest member of the Montana State Bar Association.”

+++++F. Raymer, Montana: The Land and the People 284-285 (1930)


+++++“Woman Lawyer is Oil Co. Officer

+++++Miss Virginia McGuire who graduated from the law department at the University of Montana with the class of 1925 has been connected with the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Oil Company at Billings for the last year and one half in a legal capacity.  that she is making good in her line of endeavor is evidenced by the fact she was recently elected to the office of vice president of the firm.”  Independent Record 19 March 1928


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