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Briana E. Kottke

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Stack & Kottke, PLLC
Owner/Member
Criminal Defense
234 E. Pine St.
Missoula
MT
59802
(406) 284-1860
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Bio

Briana was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. She graduated from C.M. Russell High School in 2001. After high school she attended the University of Great Falls. In 2005, Briana was selected to be an intern with the United States Senate Committee on Finance in Washington DC. Briana graduated in 2006 with high honors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies with a minor in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history. She was also Secretary of the Board of Directors for CASA-CAN of Great Falls, a nonprofit organization that provides guardian ad litem services to abused and neglected children in court proceedings.

After graduation, Briana worked as a paralegal at an insurance defense firm in Great Falls and then as a paralegal at the Office of the State Public Defender in Great Falls.

In August of 2008, Briana began law school at the University of Montana School of Law. While attending law school, Briana was a staff member and then an editor on the MONTANA LAW REVIEW. While on the Law Review, Briana, as Symposium Editor, orchestrated a two-day Symposium on the Montana Constitution, which was heralded as one of the best Symposia that the Law Review has held to date. She was also a member of the UM Trial Team during her second year and a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic during her third year. Additionally, she was Professor Cynthia Ford’s research assistant in the areas of Evidence and Civil Procedure.

Between Briana’s first and second years of law school, she was again selected to work for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, but this time as a law clerk. Between Briana’s second and third years of law school, she worked at the Federal Defenders of Montana where her passion for criminal defense was reaffirmed. After graduating with honors from UM Law in May of 2011, Briana moved to Helena to clerk for Justice Jim Rice of the Montana Supreme Court.

After clerking for Justice Rice for a year, Briana was hired at Smith & Stephens P.C. as a member of its elite criminal defense team.  In June of 2015, Briana and current law partner Katy Stack joined forces to create Stack & Kottke, PLLC, where they specialize in providing high caliber criminal defense.

 

Associations:

Member of the Montana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Member of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Member of the Criminal Law section of the State Bar of Montana

Member of the State Bar of Montana

Member of the Western Montana Bar Association

Board Member for the Humane Society of Western Montana's Legislative and Advocacy Committee

Volunteer for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra

Admitted to Practice before:

All Montana city, municipal, state district, and Montana Supreme Courts

Federal District Court for the District of Montana

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Honors:

Judicial Law Clerk for Justice Rice of the Montana Supreme Court

Published Author, see below

Editor on the MONTANA LAW REVIEW

Research Assistant to Professor Cynthia Ford in the areas of Evidence and Civil Procedure

Graduate of the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program sponsored by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association

CALI award recipient in Child Advocacy

 

Articles:

Is the Government in My Pocket? An Overview of Government Location Tracking of Cell Phones Under the Federal System and in Montana, 72 Mont. L. Rev. 261 (2011).

Vitae

Briana E. Kottke

Stack & Kottke, PLLC

234 East Pine St., Missoula, MT 59802

(406) 284-1860

briana@stackandkottke.com

 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

Active status in:

Montana State District Courts and Montana Supreme Court

Federal District Court for the District of Montana

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

EDUCATION

University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, MT – 2011

JD, with honors, cumulative GPA of 3.74, 11/88 class rank

MONTANA LAW REVIEW, 2010-2011 Hon. James R. Browning Symposium Editor

Trial Team

University of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT – Undergraduate – 2006

BA, high honors, Paralegal Studies, Political Science, Minors Business Administration, History

On Dean’s list all semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.89

 

EXPERIENCE

Stack & Kottke, PLLC, Owner/Member, Criminal Defense - June, 2015 to present

Meeting with and counseling clients

Performing legal research and drafting motions, briefs, petitions, responses, and replies

Attending court hearings, trials, and plea negotiations in both federal and state court

Editing documents

Smith & Stephens, P.C., Associate Attorney, Criminal Defense – July, 2012 to June, 2015

Meeting with and counseling clients

Performing legal research and drafting motions, briefs, petitions, responses, and replies

Attending court hearings, trials, and plea negotiations in both federal and state court

Editing documents

Montana Supreme Court, Law Clerk for Justice James A. Rice, Jr., Helena, MT – August, 2011 to July, 2012

Drafting proposed majority opinions, dissents, and concurrences

Performing legal and legislative history research on Montana law and U.S. constitutional law

Marshalling oral arguments

Checking briefs to ensure compliance with Montana Rules of Appellate Procedure

Criminal Defense Clinic, University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, MT – August, 2010 to May, 2011

Attending court hearings and representing clients under the Student Practice Rule

Meeting with and counseling clients

Preparing motions, briefs, petitions, and responses and conducting legal research

Negotiating plea agreements

Federal Defenders of Montana, Law Clerk, Missoula, MT – Summer 2010

Drafting district court and appellate briefs

Performing legal research on various topics including federal sentencing guidelines

Drafting sentencing memoranda

Editing documents

Research Assistant to Professor Cynthia Ford, Civil Procedure and Evidence, Missoula, MT – February, 2010 to May, 2011

Performing a multitude of research tasks

Editing Professor Ford’s legal scholarship

Drafting example pleadings and briefs for Professor Ford’s classes

Assisting with trial preparation when Professor Ford acted as special prosecutor

United States Senate Committee on Finance, Law Clerk, Tax Team, Washington DC – Summer 2009

Performing legal and legislative history research

Reading and summarizing bills

Attending committee hearings

Drafting memoranda

Office of the Montana State Public Defender, Paralegal, Great Falls, MT – June, 2006 to August, 2007

Performing legal research and drafting legal documents

Preparing trial notebooks and organizing exhibits

Dealing with recalcitrant individuals and maintaining confidentiality

Navigating clerk of district court computer systems

Smith, Walsh, Clarke & Gregoire, PLLP, Paralegal, Great Falls, MT – October, 2005 to June, 2006

Drafting discovery responses and summarizing medical records and bills

Preparing settlement brochures and setting up depositions

Interviewing clients and witnesses

Obtaining law enforcement records

Cascade County Public Defender Office, Legal Assistant (temporary position), Great Falls, MT – July, 2005 to October, 2005

Calendaring/tickling

Filing

Drafting legal documents

Conducting bail interviews at the Cascade County Jail

United States Senate Committee on Finance, Intern for the Tax, Heath, and Social Security Teams, Washington DC – Spring Semester, 2005

Monitoring Senate floor and tracking various bills

Copying and organizing documents and preparing briefing books for Senator Max Baucus

Creating tables and charts to be used on the Senate floor during presentations

Researching at the Library of Congress

Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Server, Great Falls, MT – June, 2002-August, 2008

Memorizing menu ingredients and guest orders

Working under extreme pressure and timelines and exercising teamwork

Multi-tasking and thinking on my feet

Counting and carrying money

Smith’s Food and Drug, grocery bagger, cashier, stocker, bakery and customer service attendant, Great Falls, MT – 1999-2002

Exhibiting excellent customer service and capable of answering an array of customer questions

Using multi-line telephones and making announcements

Being responsible for money and tills

Bagging groceries, collecting carts, organizing, and cleaning

 

HONORS

Law review article on cell phone location tracking published, 72 Mont. L. Rev. 261

CALI award in Child Advocacy

Trial Team, scored second regionally in TYLA competition

Graduate of the Advanced Trial Advocacy School hosted by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association

University of Montana School of Law Scholarship (two-time recipient)

State Bar of Montana Scholarship

Hon. James Battin Scholarship

Friends of the University of Montana School of Law Class of 1936 Scholarship

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