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Thursday, December 7, 2017  
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HONORS

Gaitis named College of Commercial Arbitrators Distinguished Fellow

James M. Gaitis of Polebridge, Montana has once again reprised his role as editor-in-chief of “The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration,” the substantially expanded 4th edition of which was released for publication in October 2017.

At the CCA’s 2017 annual meeting in October, Mr. Gaitis spoke on a panel discussion relating to emergency arbitrators in U.S.-based domestic and international arbitrations. At the college’s formal dinner that evening, he was honored for his outstanding contributions to the field of commercial arbitration by being the first individual in the 17-year history of the college to be awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

NAMES & FACES

Stack & Kottke welcomes Rogers as new associate

Stack & Kottke, PLLC, located in Missoula, is pleased to announce the addition of Abigail Rogers as an associate, joining Katy Stack and Briana Kottke as part of the firm’s criminal defense team.
Rogers is originally from Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Carroll College where she was a collegiate soccer athlete for four years. She then attended the University of Montana School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctorate in May 2017.

During law school, Rogers was selected as a member of the National Trial Team and competed in two regional competitions as an attorney. She was later awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. Throughout law school, she volunteered her time as a hearing officer for the Missoula Housing Authority. During her second year of law school, she accepted an internship position with Stack & Kottke and completed her clinic with the Montana Office of the State Public Defender.

Rogers is admitted to practice in Montana state court and the United States District Court for the District of Montana. Her primary area of practice will be criminal defense. You may contact her at 406-284-1860 or abigail@stackandkottke.com.

Faller joins as new associate at Farve & Brown Law

The law firm of Farve & Brown Law, PLLC, is proud to announce Mimi Faller, who joins the firm as a new associate. Farve & Brown is a boutique law firm specializing in land and water law. Faller will be specializing in real estate, corporate transactional law and water law and is currently working in the firm’s Bozeman office.

Faller grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and International Affairs in 2010. After taking a year off to work in a small Boulder law firm and focus on her law school applications, she attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and received her Juris Doctor in May 2014, focusing her studies on corporate and commercial law, as well as bankruptcy law. Following graduation, Faller moved to Boise, Idaho, to serve as the law clerk for the Honorable Terry L. Myers, chief judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho. In August 2015, she relocated to Jackson, Wyoming, and joined a boutique transactions firm where she specialized in real estate and corporate transactional law.

Faller joined Farve & Brown Law as an associate in September 2017. Her practice focuses on real estate and corporate matters, as well as water law. Mimi has extensive experience assisting clients in corporate matters, employment matters, licensing, commercial and residential lease review and negotiations, and all matters related to real estate. Mimi is licensed to practice in Idaho and Wyoming, and her Montana license is currently pending.

You can reach her at mimi@farvebrownlaw.com or at 406-219-0073.

Silverman Law Office welcomes 3 attorneys in Helena, Bozeman

Silverman Law Office has announced the addition of three new attorneys at its offices in Helena and Bozeman.

Joseph Passamani decided to return to his small-town roots in the Mountain West after living and working as an attorney in Florida for several years. Passamani joined Silverman Law Office because of its team and customer service approach in representing clients. Passamani is excited to become part of the Helena community, where he can use his estate planning, transactional, tax and real estate background to help Montanans achieve their personal, family, legal and business goals.

Passamani was born and raised in Prescott, Ariz. He graduated magna cum laude from Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University in 2011, and received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 2012. While in law school, Joseph received several academic accolades and awards, including awards in legal writing, tax, and professional responsibility.

Prior to joining Silverman Law Office, Pasamani worked for a transactional and business firm in Naples, Fla., where he concentrated his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, business acquisitions and development, estate planning and corporate transactions.

Passamani is an avid outdoorsman and sports fan. When not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jacqueline.  

Kathryn A. Munro has a love and passion for Montana and her clients. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but she was raised in Montana, where both of her grandfathers homesteaded in the early 1900s. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Montana State University, her Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law in 2003, and a Master’s in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law in in 2004.

Munro’s joy for working with businesses and individuals began when she moved to Havre and started working as a tax preparer, including handling payroll.

After receiving her Masters in Taxation, she moved to Flagstaff, where she worked with clients in the legal fields of school law, nonprofit law, and estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships and probate law. However, the draw to return to Montana, and spend more time with her family and friends, became too much for her to withstand.

Munro was drawn to join Silverman Law Office by its focus on clients and the ideals of customer service. She believes that clients are like family, not mere customers. She also appreciates the team focus in working with clients in estate planning, probate, guardianships and conservatorships.
Her practice areas include school contracts, both employment and acquisitions (including finance leases); nonprofit setup and compliance; estate planning, probates, and guardianships and conservatorships. She especially enjoys trust and estate administration.

When not working, Munro enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and being outdoors. She and her two cats are also avid jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts.

Jordan Feddes was born and raised in Southern California, in a charitable-minded family. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics in 2011), law degree at Pepperdine University School of Law (2015), and Masters of Law in Taxation from Loyola Law School (2015), Jordan coached gymnastics and volunteered with nonprofits whenever possible. Her passion to work with people inspired her to undertake estate, gift and succession planning, and charitable organization classes during her Masters in Taxation. Jordan continues to passionately serve businesses, families and charities while helping them reach their long-term goals today with the Silverman Law Office, PLLC team.

Jordan moved to the Gallatin Valley in June 2015 after marrying her husband, Mark, a Bozeman native. Her first two years of private practice were with a well-regarded boutique firm in Bozeman, assisting clients with business, tax, and estate planning, including wills, trusts, and real estate transactions. Jordan transitioned to Silverman Law Office in the Fall of 2017, to continue her passion of working closely with clients and providing excellent service through a team and client-oriented approach.

When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with Mark and their cat, Marty, and dog, Maisie. She can often be found cheering on the Cal Bears, doing yoga, playing trivia, or enjoying the outdoors while hiking, skiing, or soaking in hot springs.

She is licensed to practice law in California and Montana.

Myers rejoins Matovich, Keller & Murphy

Jesse Myers has rejoined Matovich, Keller & Murphy as an associate after spending four years representing a national transportation corporation on a variety of claims and lawsuits.  
Myers focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation matters, including insurance defense, insurance coverage and bad faith, and personal injury defense.  He also represents clients in product liability litigation, employment matters, and contract disputes.  Myers is a Montana native and received dual degrees in psychology and biological science from Washington State University.  
He graduated from the University of Montana School of Law and received his LL.M. from the University of Washington.  Before first joining the firm in 2012, Myers worked at the Office of the State Public Defender.  He can be reached at 406-252-5500 or via email: jmyers@mkmfirm.com.

Musick opens criminal, family law practice in Bozeman

Elizabeth Tipton Musick, formerly of Guza, Nesbitt & Putzier, is pleased to announce the opening of her new practice, Musick Law Firm, with an office on West Dickerson near the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman.

Musick Law Firm specializes in criminal defense and family law matters. Musick, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from Clemson University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Education. She earned her JD from the University of Montana in 2015, and has been practicing in Bozeman since that time.

For more information, please visit www.musicklawmt.com.

Smith Oblander law firm announces new shareholder, new associate, new name

Smith Oblander law firm in Great Falls has announced a new shareholder and a new associate attorney at the firm.

Matt Meade, who has worked as an associate attorney at Smith Oblander since 2013, has become the newest shareholder at the firm, which will now be known as Smith Oblander & Meade, P.C.

Meade was raised in Belgrade and attended the University of Montana and Gonzaga University School of Law. He joins Stephanie Oblander and Gregg Smith as shareholders in the firm which was first established in 1993. Meade practices primarily in personal injury litigation, both on the plaintiff and defense side. He served as secretary of the Cascade County Bar Association from 2014-2016.

Kaitlyn McArthur was raised in Everett, Washington, and graduated from Henry M. Jackson High School in 2011. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Great Falls (now University of Providence) summa cum laude. During her time at the University of Great Falls, she was a member of the women’s basketball team. She also interned as a file clerk at Smith Oblander, which ultimately led her to law school.

McArthur graduated from the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law in 2017. As a law student, she interned with Milodragovich, Dale, and Steinbrenner, P.C., and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office. She was also an active member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Student Chapter.

McArthur has a diverse practice spanning myriad areas, including transactional work, construction-related litigation, wills and estates, personal injury, and personal injury defense.

APPOINTMENTS

Molloy appointed to Montana State Fund board

Helena attorney Jim Molloy was appointed to the board of directors of the State Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund.

Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Molloy, a partner with Gallik, Bremer & Molloy P.C., to the board Nov. 17. Molloy has previously served as senior adviser to Gov. Bullock and as chief consumer protection counsel in the Montana Department of Justice.

Gov. Bullock also appointed Cliff Larsen of Missoula to the State Fund board.