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Tuesday, April 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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CAREER MOVES

Jungblutt, Considine join Billings law firm

Wendy Jungblut and Molly Considine have joined Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green PLLC in Billings.

Jungblut’s primary area of practice will be bankruptcy. She previously owned and operated her own firm, Matriarch Law, where she practiced family law. Prior to that, she worked as a staff attorney at Montana Legal Services Association. Jungblut graduated from Billings West High, Montana State University Billings with a bachelor’s degree in history, and from University of Montana School of Law where she received her juris doctor. She is admitted to practice in Montana. Jungblut may be reached by calling 406-252-8500 or by emailing wjungblut@ppbglaw.com

Considine’s primary areas of practice include tax controversy, guardianship and conservatorships, debtor’s bankruptcy, estate and trust administration, and estate planning. She previously worked at Crowley Fleck PLLP. Considine graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology with honors. She then graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with her juris doctor, magna cum laude. She is admitted to practice in Montana and in North Dakota. She may be reached by calling 406-252-8500 or by emailing mconsidine@ppbglaw.com.

McMurry, Kecskes join Uda Law Firm in Helena

Uda Law Firm, PC is pleased to welcome Chris McMurry as a senior associate, and Anna Kecskés as an associate with the firm.

McMurry, a California native, attended the University of San Francisco where she received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and philosophy. After college, she obtained her J.D. at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduation, she relocated to Helena to begin her legal career.

Since joining the Uda Law Firm, McMurry has been active in the firm’s renewable energy practice. She has been involved in energy litigation in Montana and Minnesota as well as in cases before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A Montana native, Kecskés grew up in Helena, and graduated from Capital High School. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, graduating with degrees in history and French. She made the choice to become a “double Zag,” attending Gonzaga University School of Law for her J.D. She graduated summa cum laude and received the Pro Bono Award for her service hours logged while a student.

After graduating and passing the bar in Montana, Kecskés clerked for Justice Jim Rice on the Montana Supreme Court, and then litigated for almost two years in criminal and civil defense as a public defender in Lewis and Clark County. She recently joined the Uda Law Firm as an associate attorney, and practices family and employment law.

Martin joins Montana AG’s Appellate Services Bureau

The Montana Attorney General’s Office at the Montana Department of Justice welcomes Damon Martin as a new Assistant Attorney General in the Appellate Services Bureau.

Prior to starting at the Attorney General’s Office, Martin was a reference librarian with the State Law Library in Helena. He is a 2011 graduate of the Appalachian School of Law and a 2006 graduate of the University of Montana, where he earned degrees in history and psychology.

HONORS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Lund elected to Owners’ Counsel of America

Owners’ Counsel of America has elected Hertha Lund to serve on its board of directors for 2019.
Lund is the owner of Lund Law in Bozeman. She represents landowners in matters involving eminent domain, property rights, water rights and wind energy development across the state of Montana. She has argued numerous cases before the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, various federal circuit courts and the district courts in Montana. She also served as law clerk to Chief Judge Loren A. Smith at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

While in law school, Lund served as co-editor-in-chief of the Montana Law Review. She studied animal science, range management and pre-veterinary medicine at Montana State University.
Lund was one of three accomplished eminent domain attorneys chosen for the board. The others are Casey Pipes with Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, PC in Mobile, Alabama; and Joseph Suntum with Miller, Miller & Canby in Rockville, Maryland.

APPOINTMENTS

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

  • Helena attorney Ann Brodsky was appointed to the Montana Commission on Human Rights.
  • Tim Tatarka of Billings was appointed chair of the Montana Commission on Human Rights.
    LeRoy Schramm of Helena was appointed to the State Board of Personnel Appeals. Schramm is retired after being chief legal counsel for the Montana University System, and he serves as a neutral arbitrator on labor related arbitrations.
  • Karl Englund of Missoula was appointed chair of the Montana Board of Investments. Englund is in private practice at Karl J. Englund P.C.
  • Melissa Hornbein of Helena. was appointed as a public member of the Montana Borad of Environmental Review. Hornbein is an assistant United States attorney, for the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Matt Thiel, of Missoula. was appointed to the Montana Facility Finance Authority. Thiel is in private practice and owner of Thiel Law Office, PLLC.