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Thursday, November 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Suenram joins Kovacich Snipes as associate
The Law Firm of Kovacich Snipes, P.C. in Great Falls, Montana is pleased to announce that Jacy D. Suenram has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Suenram received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology in 2014 from the University of Montana and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law - University of Montana in 2017. 

Prior to accepting the associate position with Kovacich Snipes, she clerked in the United States District Court, Great Falls Division, for the Honorable Brian Morris. She is admitted to practice law in all Montana state courts and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Montana.

Her professional efforts will be focused on the firm’s plaintiffs’ civil litigation practice, including personal injury, wrongful death, toxic tort, workers’ compensation, and environmental litigation.



Tyson McLean joins McLean Law Firm

Kris A. McLean Law Firm in Florence is pleased to announce that Tyson A. McLean has joined the firm after graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School and successfully passing the July 2018 Montana bar exam. 

During law school, Tyson McLean interned at the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic. He was also an associate editor for Lewis & Clark Law School’s law review publication, Environmental Law. 

He is a Montana native and grew up in the Bitterroot Valley. He attended Washington State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and was a founding member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He then obtained his Master of Arts degree in sociology at the University of Montana where he also worked for its Criminology Research Group. 

He served Montana for over six years working for the University of Montana and then the Montana Department of Justice before he moved to Portland, Ore., to attend law school. He is excited to be back in Big Sky Country. His practice areas will include general civil litigation, business law and criminal law. You can contact him at; or 406-360-4956.



Harby is a shareholder at St. Peter Law Offices

Jason Harby has become a shareholder at St. Peter Law Offices. Harby is a 2015 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and a Montana native. He obtained a Master of Law in Taxation (LL.M) with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2016. He graduated with high honors from the University of Montana in 2010 with a degree in economics. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of for-profit and nonprofit developers in the acquisition and construction of affordable multifamily housing projects financed through Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, HUD and RD Loans, and other financing sources.

His practice also includes general estate planning as well as federal estate tax, gift tax, and generation skipping transfer tax planning, estate and trust administration, entity formation and taxation, business planning, corporate and commercial transactions, real estate transactions, employee benefits, general tax planning, and tax controversies and procedure.

Harby is admitted to practice before the Montana Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the State of Montana, and the United States Tax Court. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, fly fishing, hunting, rafting, and spending time with his family. He can be reached at 406-728-8282 or



Sarabia joins Brown Law Firm’s Billings office

The Brown Law Firm P.C. has announced that Michael P. Sarabia has joined the firm as an associate at its Billings location.  

Sarabia grew up in Billings and graduated from in 2004 at Montana State University – Billings.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Iowa in 2008, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in 2012 as well as a Ph.D  in English Literature in 2015, also from The University of Iowa.  
Prior to joining Brown Law Firm, he clerked for the Honorable Michael G. Moses of Montana’s Thirteenth Judicial District, and went on to practice commercial, business, and general civil law for two years at another firm in Billings.  At Brown, Sarabia primarily practices in the area of civil defense litigation. 

The firm has offices in Billings and Missoula.







4 Montana attorneys inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers

Randy Bishop, Sean Goicoechea, Matt Hayhurst, and Tim Racicot have become Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

Bishop is a partner at Bishop, Heenan & Davies and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law. Goicoechea is a partner at Moore, Cockrell, Goicoechea and Johnson, P.C. in Kalispell. Hayhurst is a partner at Boone Karlberg P.C. in Missoula. Racicot is an assistant United States attorney in Missoula.

The induction ceremony took place during the ACTL’s 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. 

Fellowship in the college is by invitation only after careful investigation, to experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years’ trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship.

Membership cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The college maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. 



Gray elected as fellow of American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Kyle Anne Gray has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. 

Gray is an attorney at the Billings office of Holland & Hart. One of only four AAAL members in Montana, she was inducted at the AAAL’s 2018 Annual Meeting in October.

Membership in the AAAL is by invitation only, limited to 500 members in the United States, and offered to experienced appellate attorneys who have demonstrated the highest excellence in appellate service and integrity. 


Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed the following people to state boards and commissions: 

Missoula attorney Bob Minto to the Montana Family Education Savings Program Oversight Committee.

Minto is the founder of attorney malpractice insurer ALPS Corporation and the owner of Minto Management and Consulting. He was appointed based on his knowledge, skill and experience in accounting, risk management, investment management or as an actuary.

Hal Harper of Helena to a new four-year term on the Montana Supreme Court’s Judicial Nomination Commission. 

Harper is one of four governor-appointed lay members on the commission, which also consists of two lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court and a district judge elected by the district judges.

Missoula attorney Kristina Lucero to the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole.

Lucero was appointed for her extensive work experience in corrections, the criminal justice system or criminal law, and her expertise and knowledge of American Indian culture. She has been a member of the board and has been an assistant public defender, tribal prosecutor and a reviewer for the Children’s Bureau.