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November 2017 Member and Montana News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Former State Labor & Industry Commissioner Bucy joins Taylor Luther Group

The Taylor Luther Group is pleased to announce former Montana Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy will be joining the firm as a new member.  Taylor Luther Group is a boutique law/government relations firm.  Bucy will be specializing in business, employment, and administrative law as well as election and campaign finance law and strategic communications.

Bucy graduated from Rocky Mountain College earning degrees in English, political science and history.  She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana School of Law.  In law school, she wrote for the Public Land and Resources Law Review and participated on the Jessup International Moot Court Team.

Upon graduation, Bucy worked as a Deputy County Attorney for Lewis and Clark County for several years before moving on to the Montana Department of Justice where she spent nearly eight years as the Executive Assistant Attorney General for Attorney General Mike McGrath.  Bucy’s work at the Attorney General’s office focused on criminal, elections, and constitutional issues.  Bucy also directed the agencies legislative agenda.

Bucy comes to the firm after her recent tenure as the Commissioner of the Department of Labor & Industry following her appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock. As Commissioner, Bucy administered the work of over 900 state employees and provided policy and legal advice on all aspects of Montana’s economy including employment, unemployment, worker’s compensation, professional and occupational licensing and high-level economic development.  Bucy also worked as an associate attorney for the law firm of Luxan & Murfitt, PLLC, where she specialized in business and employment law and strategic communications.

Pam was born and raised in Townsend. During her free time, she can be found floating, hunting, boating or hiking with her family somewhere in Montana.

You can reach her at

Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams in Great Falls welcomes 2 new attorneys

The law firm of Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys.

Burt Hurwitz has rejoined the law firm as a shareholder attorney.  

Hurwitz was raised on his family’s ranch in Meagher County. He attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings for undergraduate then the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula. His proudest accomplishment in law school was co-founding the Rural Advocacy League, a student group dedicated to raising awareness of legal issues affecting rural Montanans.

In 2007, Burt graduated from law school and received four awards, the Outstanding Law Student Award, the Dean’s Award in Recognition of Outstanding Student Leadership, the Carol Mitchell Award given to a senior for understanding and commitment to mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award.

Hurwitz began his legal career in Great Falls as an associate with Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams. His practice focused on real property litigation, trust and estate litigation, and water law. In 2011, Hurwitz and his wife moved to Billings, where he practiced with the firm of Felt, Martin, Frazier & Weldon. There, his practice focused on all aspects of civil litigation, primarily representing local and regional banks, school districts, and small businesses.  In 2014, Hurwitz and his family moved to the family ranch in White Sulphur Springs where he practiced as a solo attorney. 

Now that Hurwitz has returned to Church Harris, his practice will continue to focus on civil litigation, including real property litigation, trust and estate litigation and water law.  He will maintain an office in the lower level of the Meagher County Courthouse, 15 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs.

Marin Keyes has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Although Keyes was born in Washington, her family soon moved to Billings, for a change of pace. After high school, she attended the University of Montana and graduated with a B.A. degree in sociology. She continued on to the University of Montana School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in May 2017.  As a law student, Keyes was a staff member and editor of the Montana Law Review.  Her clinical placement was with the federal district court in Missoula, working as an intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch.

Keyes is a member of the firm’s tax and transactional practice group and intends to focus her practice on estate planning, taxation, and real property and business transactions.  She is admitted to practice in Montana state court and is a member of the State Bar of Montana.  When not working, She enjoys hiking with her dog, camping, and spending too much time at the library finding a good book to read.

Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C. is a full-service law firm with locations in Great Falls, Helena and White Sulphur Springs Montana. The firm has been serving quality business and individuals, in a wide range of legal disciplines, since 1949. Please visit our website at for more information. Both Keyes and Hurwitz can be reached at 406-761-3000.

Enrooth joins as associate at Vicevich Law in Butte

Vicevich Law, P.C., of Butte is excited to announce that Matthew C. Enrooth has returned home and joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Enrooth was born and raised in Butte where he attended and graduated from Butte High School. After high school, he attended Montana State University where he graduated with a B.A. in neuroscience and cell biology in 2008. After finishing his undergraduate degree Matthew attended law school at the University of North Dakota, where he received his Juris Doctor, cum laude. While attending law school Matthew received multiple awards including the Burtness Scholar award in property law, being inducted into the Phi Delta Phi legal honors society and being inducted into the National Order of Barristers for having exhibited excellence and attaining high honors through the art of courtroom advocacy.

Prior to joining Vicevich Law, Enrooth was a law clerk for the Honorable Ray J. Dayton in Anaconda. Most recently he worked for the Montana Office of the Public Defender in Bozeman. While working for the public defender’s office he represented hundreds of clients with issues ranging from misdemeanor DUIs and domestic violence charges, to felony aggravated assault and felony methamphetamine and heroin drug possession charges. 

Enrooth is excited to be back home and working for the people in his home town community of Butte. His primary areas of practice include litigation and criminal matters.

MLSA welcomes Reed, Valencia for elder justice, agricultural worker programs

Montana Legal Services Association is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys.

Erick Valencia has joined Montana Legal Services Association as MLSA’s inaugural agricultural worker staff attorney, based in Missoula. As a staff attorney, he is assisting agricultural and migrant workers who face civil legal problems. Valencia attended law school at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law after serving two terms at MLSA as a Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps member. During law school, Erick interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and worked as an Agricultural Worker Outreach intern at MLSA.

Katy Reed has recently joined Montana Legal Services Association as an Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in Missoula. She joins MLSA’s Victim’s Legal Assistance Network (VLAN), and will be providing services to low income senior Montanans facing civil legal issues. Katy served two terms as a Justice for Montanans member at MLSA prior to attending law school at the University of Washington.  In law school, Katy participated in the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic. She also advocated for low-income clients as an intern with the Bellingham Public Defender and at the Washington Appellate Project.

Brown Law Firm welcomes Dunn to firm’s Billings office

The Brown Law Firm, P.C., with offices in Billings and Missoula, announces that Aaron M. Dunn has joined the firm as an associate at the Billings location.

Dunn, originally from Spokane, Washington, graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University in 2014 with a degree in political science and a minor in criminal justice.  He worked as an intern at Brown Law Firm in the summer of 2016.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law in May 2017. 

His practice area focuses on civil litigation defense, with an emphasis on insurance disputes.

Wambgans, Braun open Bozeman family law practice

Sheryl Wambsgans and Maggie Braun, both formerly of Element Law Group, have opened a new practice, Bridger Law, with an office located in downtown Bozeman.  The small boutique family-oriented law firm practices throughout Montana.  Bridger Law offers additional services in misdemeanor criminal defense and various civil litigation matters.

Wambsgans graduated from the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law in 2008. She practices in the areas of criminal defense and family law and serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Bozeman, Montana.

Braun graduated from the University of Montana School of Law and has been practicing in and around the state of Montana since 2010, in civil litigation and family law.  Maggie is an active community volunteer through the Thrive CAP program and the Bozeman public library. 

For more information, please visit

Anne Sherwood joins Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson & Deola as associate attorney

The Helena law firm of Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson & Deola, PLLP, is pleased to announce that Anne Sherwood has joined the firm as an associate.

Sherwood graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 2017. She received her master’s degree in communication with an emphasis in rhetoric from the University of Montana in 2014. As a law student, Sherwood received the American Bar Association’s Steiger Fellowship in consumer protection law and was one of 15 women nationally to be selected for the ABA’s “Ms. JD” Student Fellowship in 2016. As a legal intern, Sherwood worked for the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices and in the Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection Division. She was also a member of the National Moot Court Regional Championship team in 2016.

As a Helena native, she is happy to be returning home to practice law alongside her father, Rick Sherwood, and intends to focus her practice primarily on consumer protection, campaign finance, employment, personal injury, intellectual property, and constitutional law.


Pagnotta elected president of Montana Defense Trial Lawyers

Nicholas J. Pagnotta was elected president of the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers at the organization’s annual meeting in Missoula.

Pagnotta is a partner in the Williams Law Firm, Missoula and Bozeman, managing the firm’s Bozeman office. He specializes in complex civil litigation, including professional liability, product liability, construction defect, insurance coverage, trucking liability, personal injury and wrongful death.

Pagnotta is a fourth-generation Montanan. He grew up in Bozeman and Billings. He graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his J.D. from the University of Montana. He has received the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell. He is admitted to the state bars of Montana and California, the U.S. District Courts of Montana, Southern California and North Dakota, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He has tried numerous cases in California and throughout Montana, and has appeared and argued appeals before the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.

Pagnotta has served on the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Board of Directors and as an officer. He is actively involved in the Defense Research Institute, and has been selected as a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.

Pagnotta and his wife, Melissa, live in Bozeman with their two children, Mallory and Fiona.