2021 RIPL Fellows
Jessie M. Wiles, Wiles Law Office, PLLC
Jessica M. Wiles graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School, with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, in 2010. She began her legal career as an associate attorney at Hobbs, Straus, Dean, and Walker, LLP, in Portland, Oregon, where she advised tribes and tribal organizations on a variety of legal matters including tribal self-governance contracting and compacting and tribal housing. Ms. Wiles next worked as an Attorney-Advisor for the Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor, in Billings, Montana. At the Solicitor’s Office, she advised the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other client agencies on topics including grazing, oil and gas, mineral title and trespass, torts, administrative law, and water law. She also represented BLM in litigation before relevant administrative boards. Upon moving to Helena, Montana, Ms. Wiles worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) providing legal advice and representation to the DNRC Trust Land Management Division. In 2019, she established her own solo practice with a focus on natural resources, Indian law, estate planning and probate, and Indian wills. Ms. Wiles is proud to be a 2019 Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA), RIPL fellow, and is excited to work with MLSA to expand access to justice for modest means Montanans throughout the State by providing full representation, limited scope, phone advice, and pro bono legal services in a wide variety of practice areas. She proudly hails from Lander, Wyoming, and when not in the office, spends her time with her incredible husband, their two children, Jasper (4) and Eliza (1.5), and their red heeler Ginger.
Christopher Fisher, Montana Families PLLC
Christopher Fisher is an attorney licensed to practice in both Montana and Wyoming. Christopher was raised in Helena MT, and after a brief stint as an aircraft mechanic, he studied economics at Montana State University and later law at the University of Oregon. Passionate about helping families, Christopher returned to Montana to begin his legal practice. Very quickly, he became acutely aware of the many financial and regional limitations families face when seeking legal assistance in Montana. Now, partnering with Montana Legal Services Association through the Rural Incubator Project for Lawyers (RIPL), he is leveraging available technology and the RIPL Fellowship to help families that may become otherwise been unable to find legal assistance. Christopher’s legal practice focuses on finding and implementing practical legal solutions for everyday Montana Families. When he isn’t preoccupied with the law, he spends time with his family and friends enjoying frisbee, kickball, hockey, and snowboarding. You can reach Christopher at [email protected]
MALCOM & PIERS PLLC
Before law school Chase Rosario drove double-trailered semis for harvest, drove buses of fire-fighting crews up mountains, ran a YNP guide company, taught business English to foreign professionals, and a variety of other odd jobs. In law school, she experienced everything she could, including writing on to two law reviews, publishing in one, arguing as a member of the international moot court team, and serving as the elected law school representative to the American Bar Association. She designed an independent study program based on the premise that basic legal concepts and research techniques could be included in regular English and Civics high school classes. After graduating, she worked 4 years clerking for a district court judge, did misdemeanor trial work for 3 years and then appeals to the Montana Supreme Court for 3 years. In private practice, she spent the last 7 years focused on representing children in the foster care system, and assisting the disabled in hearings before the Social Security Administration. She recently married and left Great Falls to join her husband in Lewistown, where they live with her two children. Chase continues to serve her passion for children in foster care by serving as the state coordinator for the National Association of Counsel for Children, a position that enables her to advocate for continuous improvement in the quality of representation of children in Montana’s foster care system. Contact Chase here - https://www.alawcarte.lawyer/
Kathy Coleman, Coleman Law, PLLC
Kathy is licensed to practice law in both Montana and North Dakota. She grew up in Havre, MT and then lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest before deciding to go to law school at mid-career. Kathy graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie, WY and began her legal career as a public defense attorney in North Dakota. Kathy established a private practice in Miles City, MT in 2019 and currently practices in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Kathy’s legal practice focuses primarily on family and criminal law along with availability for additional areas of civil practice. She is honored to participate in the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) RIPL program to provide limited scope representation, sliding scale fees, telephone advice and pro bono services in an effort to make legal representation affordable for a greater number of families and individuals. Kathy thoroughly enjoys spending her free time with her husband Mike and their little dog Rusty.
Shyne Law Group, PLLC
Danielle Shyne is the owner of Shyne Law Group, PLLC. Danielle is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to opening Shyne Law Group, PLLC, Danielle worked for Montana Elder Law and clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Mike McGrath and the Honorable Michael Wheat of the Montana Supreme Court. Danielle’s professional life has been dedicated to helping others through her work at the Montana Governor’s Office, the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service, and the non-profit Thrive. During law school, Danielle supported the Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project and the Women’s Law Caucus. Additionally, Danielle fought for her clients at the Unemployment Law Project and interned for the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, Honorable Mary Fairhurst. Danielle has two wonderful children and a miniature schnauzer with her husband of 10 years, whom she met while earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Montana. She enjoys hiking and swimming, spending time with her large extended family in Bozeman, and exploring the small towns of Montana.
Morgan Handy Law
Morgan grew up in Billings, Montana. She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Music at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 2013. She attended law school at the University of Montana School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2017. During law school, Morgan was a member of the Montana Law Review and the National Cultural Heritage Moot Court team. Following law school, Morgan clerked for the Honorable Luke Berger of the Montana Fifth Judicial District Court and the Honorable Justice Jim Shea of the Montana Supreme Court. Morgan is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the RIPL fellowship and expand access to justice for Montanans by providing full representation, limited scope, and pro bono legal services in the areas of family law, estate planning, and landlord/tenant law. Outside of work, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle, their two children, and new puppy.
Anna Rose Sullivan
Anna Rose Sullivan was born in Butte, America. She resides in Nashua, MT, where she serves as city attorney for Glasgow, Wolf Point and the Town of Fort Peck. Anna has worked in municipal law for four years. Prior to that she worked as the supervising public defender for the Fort Peck Tribes and deputy county attorney for Roosevelt County. Anna has also worked as a litigator and thrives in a court setting. Anna owns her own Glasgow-based firm and was recently awarded a fellowship with the Montana Legal Services Foundation Rural Incubator Project for Lawyers. In her spare time, Anna enjoys collecting artwork by female Montana artists, visiting the Fort Peck Reservoir, and enjoying a fire at home with her two dogs.
Gregory M. Worcester - Aspen Law MT
Gregory M. Worcester grew up in Norris, MT. He attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the same building and had a graduating high school class of 10 people. He attended Gonzaga University, where his transcripts say he was supposed to have been studying Political Science and Criminal Justice. He left after 4 years with no degree, and the following spring enlisted in the United States Army Military Police. Gregory has had 6 years of active-duty service, including deployments to Afghanistan and Kosovo, and 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Drill Sergeant. In 2013 he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Military Leadership at Western Kentucky University. In 2017 he completed a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Montana School of Law. Gregory worked for the Montana Office of the State Public Defender in 2018, and then spent some time as a stay-at-home father. In 2020 he opened his law firm Aspen Law P.L.L.C. in Helena, MT and has handled cases in family law, consumer protection, First Amendment law, contract law, and just about any other kind of case that comes through the door. Gregory is committed to being an attorney who cares more about whether a person needs a lawyer than if they can afford one, and his selection as a Fellow in Montana Legal Services Association’s Rural Incubator Project for Lawyers has been invaluable in advancing his access-to-justice mission. Gregory and his wife of 17 years, Cynthia, have three children—Summer (13), Liam (5) and Vivian (3).