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Monday, February 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Ball

Shaules

Tunning

CAREER MOVES

Moulton Bellingham announces new associate, 2 new shareholders

Moulton Bellingham PC is pleased to announce that Keturah Shaules has joined the firm as an associate attorney, and Afton Ball and Adam Tunning have become shareholders in the firm. 

Shaules practices in the areas of commercial and business transactions, bankruptcy, civil litigation, estate planning and administration, as well as real estate. She is a member of the State Bar of Montana, and is licensed to practice in both Montana state and federal courts.

Shaules was born in Billings and grew up on her family’s ranch north of Roundup. She later moved to Absarokee, where she graduated as co-valedictorian. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Rocky Mountain College in 2015, and she subsequently earned her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Montana in May of 2018.

Ball primarily practices in civil litigation with an emphasis in employment law, discrimination claims, Title IX compliance, business defense, and farm and ranch disputes. She also advises and assists clients with employment questions, agricultural related issues, and other real property disputes including conflicts related to homeowners’ associations and covenants. She has drafted and/or reviewed employee handbooks, termination and severance agreements, agriculture leases, and other documents related to her practice areas.

Tunning primarily practices in employment law, insurance defense, commercial litigation, and general transactions. He has represented a diverse group of organizations in litigation, including oil and gas companies, banks, governmental entities, and insurers, in both contract and tort actions. He is also experienced defending employers from discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. He negotiates and mediates disputes on behalf of his clients and has tried cases in both Montana state and federal courts.

 

 

 

 

 

Milanovich

 

Milanovich opens new constitutional litigation, election law firm in Butte

Anita Y. Milanovich is pleased to announce the opening of Milanovich Law, PLLC, in Butte.  The firm is a national practice of constitutional litigation and election law compliance, serving both Montanans and others across the country protecting constitutional freedoms.  

Milanovich has litigated constitutional issues for nearly 15 years in over 20 states nationwide, including judicial candidate speech regulations, political committee requirements, campaign finance restrictions, religious liberty, false speech, compelled speech, privacy, and due process infringement.  She is admitted to the Montana and Indiana state bars and their respective federal district courts, nearly all federal appellate circuit courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has authored or co-authored numerous law review articles on First Amendment and other constitutional issues. 

She is a first generation American and great-granddaughter of recipients of The Righteous Among the Nations award for their courageous aid to Jews during World War II. She is a graduate of Calvin College and Valparaiso University School of Law. She has lived in Montana since 2012.
Milanovich Law can be reached at 406-589-6856, aymilanovich@milanovichlaw.com, and www.milanovichlaw.com.

Duerk

Roberts

 

Burns


Knight Nicastro welcomes Roberts, Duerk and Burns to firm’s Missoula office

Knight Nicastro has welcomed three new attorneys to the firm’s Missoula office, including a former senior general attorney for BNSF Railway and a former assistant United States attorney. James Roberts joins the firm as a member, Adam Duerk joins as a senior attorney and Benjamin Burns joins as an associate. 

Roberts brings extensive experience in civil litigation, primarily railroad litigation and insurance defense, and substantial jury trial experience. He joins the firm from BNSF Railway Company where he served as Senior General Attorney and General Director, Claims, where he was responsible for the investigation, management and resolution of casualty events. Additionally, he oversaw BNSF’s casualty litigation, including FELA, grade crossing and third-party claims. Roberts has served as the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s regional vice president and as a member of NARTC’s Executive Committee and Trial College.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Montana State University.

Duerk is a practiced trial lawyer, having tried cases to verdict before juries in state and federal courts, for both plaintiffs and defendants. Prior to joining Knight Nicastro, he served as an assistant United States attorney, a special assistant United States attorney, and a special attorney to the U.S. attorney general. During these appointments he prosecuted complex environmental and criminal fraud cases, as well as defending civil actions brought against the U.S. under the Federal Tort Claims Act. 

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College in Indiana.

Burns’ practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, transportation law, torts, construction law, insurance defense and insurance coverage litigation. He has clients in a wide variety of complex legal matters and has tried multiple jury trials and bench trials to verdict. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from Montana State University. 

Delans

Terrazas Henkel welcomes Delans to firm

Kathryn Delans has joined the team of attorneys at Terrazas Henkel, P.C. in Missoula. 

Delans’ practice consists of Domestic Relations and Family Law, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Insurance, Probate, Real Estate and Real Property, and Employment with 75 percent of her practice devoted to litigation. Delans graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2017 following her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. 

Prior to her legal career, Delans worked with the critical care unit as a child protective investigator for Lee County in Florida, where she investigated extreme cases of domestic violence, drug abuse/manufacturing, homicides, and severe child abuse. She volunteers for Soft Landing in Missoula and has given her time and expertise to the clients at the Missoula Self-Help Law Center. 

Contact Delans at Terrazas Henkel, P.C., 406-541-2550.

Meredith

Meredith joins Doney Crowley in Helena

Doney Crowley P.C. is pleased to announce that Rachel Kinkie Meredith has joined the firm at its Helena office.

Meredith’s practice serves clients across the state in all aspects of water rights adjudication and permitting, real property, natural resource, and agriculture law. She was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana, and has been practicing law since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest and Range Resource Management from the University of Montana, Missoula, and graduated from the University of Montana School of Law. 

In her spare time, Meredith serves on the board for the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association Education Institute, volunteers with Big Hearts under the Big Sky, and sits on the council for the Water Law Section of the State Bar of Montana. You can contact her at 406-443-2211 or rmeredith@doneylaw.com.

Stacey

Stacey & Funyak welcomes Alex J. Stacey

The Law Firm of Stacey & Funyak in Billings is pleased to announce that Alex J. Stacey has joined the firm as an associate attorney. 

Alex Stacey grew up in Billings and graduated as a valedictorian from Billings West High School in 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science with highest honors in 2015 from the University of San Diego and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana, in May of 2018. While at Notre Dame, he participated on the Journal of Legislation, earned a Dean’s Award for excellence in Intensive Trial Advocacy and made the Dean’s List for his spring 2018 semester.

Prior to joining Stacey & Funyak, he interned prior to the start of law school with Justice Michael Wheat of the Montana Supreme Court as well as with the Honorable Susan P. Watters of the United States District Court, Billings Division after his first year of law school. He is admitted to practice law in all Montana state courts and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Montana after successfully passing the July 2018 Montana Bar exam. 

Stacey will be involved in the firm’s general civil litigation practice including plaintiff’s and defense litigation. He can be contacted at astacey@staceyfunyak.com or 406-259-4545.

Carl

Carl joins Guza  & Associates as associate attorney

E.J. Guza & Associates has announced that Lance Carl has joined the firm as an associate attorney. 

Carl grew up in Missoula. He first attended the University of Washington where he participated in the decathlon for the UW track and field team. During his junior year, he transferred to The University of Montana where he played two seasons with the Montana Grizzlies football team and graduated with degrees in economics and political science. Also as an undergraduate, Carl interned with the Missoula law firm Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind where his passion for law began, ultimately leading him to attend the University of Oregon School of Law.  

During law school, Carl was a member of the Moot Court Board and was the senior staff editor for the Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation. He also worked as a teacher’s assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program. 
Upon graduating law school in 2016, he returned to the Missoula Valley where he worked as an associate attorney at Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind and at Cotner Law. In January of 2019, Lance joined E.J. Guza & Associates where his practice focuses on general civil litigation, business law, commercial and business transactions, entity formation, construction law, and family law. As the son of a small business owner, he enjoys serving and protecting the interests of local businesses. 

Carl is admitted to practice in Montana District Courts, the Montana Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court, District of Montana.

When he is not serving his clients, you can find him spending time with family on Flathead Lake, skiing powder at Big Sky, or enjoying a beer with friends in downtown Bozeman.

Heenan

 Cook

Heenan and Cook open new firm in Billings

John Heenan and Joe Cook are proud to announce the formation of HEENAN & COOK PLLC.  

Heenan is a 2003 graduate of the University of Montana and clerked for the Honorable Richard Cebull following graduation.  He was previously a partner at Bishop, Heenan & Davies.  Heenan practices consumer law and has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel on several successful consumer class actions, recovering over $50 million on behalf of consumers in Montana and throughout the United States.  He ran for Congress in 2018.  

Cook is a 2009 graduate of the University of Montana and clerked for the Honorable Sam Haddon following graduation.  He was previously a partner at Ragain & Cook PC.  Cook helps people who have been physically, emotionally and financially injured stand up to wrongdoers, insurance companies and corporations to level the playing field.  He has recovered millions of dollars for Montanans against corporations and insurance companies.  

Randy Bishop and Gene Jarussi are Of Counsel to the firm and lend their collective experience in trial practice.

They can be reached at HEENAN & COOK, 1631 Zimmerman Trail, Billings, MT 59102; 406-839-9091; www.lawmontana.com.

Bishop

HONORS

ABOTA gives national recognition to Bishop

L. Randall Bishop is a co-recipient of the ABOTA Foundation’s Professional Education Award. This national recognition is given to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to the Professional Education programs of the ABOTA Foundation by making a major contribution to a special program through planning, participation or special effort.  The 2018 award was in recognition of work undertaken by Bishop and Randy J. Cox in connection with ABOTA’s Masters in Trial program.