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Local briefcase published June 29

Names and faces

Windermere Real Estate-Helena is pleased to announce the addition of sales associate Jared Engels to its Helena office.

Engels initially came to Helena to attend Carroll College. While here, he found a passion for the great outdoors and all that Montana has to offer. He can’t wait to work with the people in the community that he has gotten to know so well over these last few years.

Tetra Tech announces the hiring of Travis Dunkle in the Helena and Butte offices. Dunkle graduated from Montana State University in May 2013 with a degree in chemical engineering and a focus in environmental engineering. He received his Engineering in Training certificate in January 2014. Dunkle has experience with particulate control systems, wastewater treatment, groundwater remediation systems and environmental sampling and monitoring through his education and previous work experience. For Tetra Tech, he will primarily provide engineering and technical support for the operations and maintenance of the Montana Pole Treating Plant in Butte.

Montana Department of Revenue’s Cleo Anderson has retired from the agency after 36 years of service in state government. Her last day was June 27. Most recently, Anderson served as chief security and disclosure officer in the department’s legal services unit. Anderson began her public service career in 1974 at the state Department of Agriculture as a legal assistant working on freight rate cases and administrative rules. In the late 1980s when the nation was experiencing difficult economic times, Anderson served as the Revenue Department’s bankruptcy agent. She helped investigate Montana’s first drug tax case, which ultimately became a bankruptcy case, and was later appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three different governors presented Anderson with the Governor’s Award for Excellence

The Helena Law Firm of Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson Deola PLLP announce that Harley R. Harris, Scott Peterson, and Rob Farris-Olsen have joined the Firm.

Harris is joining the firm as a senior associate. He was recently general counsel for MATL LLP, developer of the Montana Alberta Tie International Transmission Line. Prior to that Harris was a partner at Luxan Murfitt PLLP, an assistant attorney general and a Supreme Court Fellow for the National Association of Attorneys General. He is also a member of the board of directors of Intermountain. Harris has over 25 years of experience in representing and advising clients in the areas of water rights, property, commercial, environmental, renewable energy, public utility, oil and gas, and administrative law, as well as in complex civil litigation. He will be focusing his practice on helping individuals, organizations, and Montana businesses to find effective solutions to complex legal and regulatory problems.

Peterson is joining the firm as an associate. He graduated with honors from the University of Montana Law School in 2011, where he served as the articles editor for the Montana Law Review and competed in National Moot Court. After law school, Peterson served as a Montana Supreme Court law clerk for the Honorable Brian Morris. Before joining the firm, Peterson worked for Erik Thueson on a series of insurance class actions and FELA trials and is excited to continue his legal career at the firm. Peterson’s practice will focus on insurance disputes, bankruptcy, personal injury and consumer protection.

Farris-Olsen, a Helena native, is also joining the firm as an associate. He graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 2011, where he participated in the Environmental Law Group and the International Law Students Association. He also served as the MontPIRG board chair. After law school, Farris-Olsen clerked for the Honorable Michael Wheat of the Montana Supreme Court. Following his clerkship, Farris-Olsen worked for Montana Legal Services Association helping Montana homeowners avoid foreclosure and protecting consumer rights. Farris-Olsen’s practice will focus on bankruptcy, consumer protection, criminal defense, environmental protection, foreclosure defense and family law.


Honors and awards

FedEx Corporation held the 2014 Montana State Truck Driving Championship in Billings on

June 14. Tracey James, of Jaybird Delivery Company domiciled out of the FedEx Ground station in Helena, won the first-place trophy in the Step Van class. James was also awarded the Rookie of the Year award.

James and other top competitors will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2014 NTDC, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” Aug. 12-16 in Pittsburgh. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.

Article source: http://helenair.com/business/local/local-briefcase-published-june/article_cfcb850a-ff54-11e3-8e6f-001a4bcf887a.html

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