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Calli J. Michaels

Senior Associate Attorney
Dillon, Montana
Ph 406-683-8795

Calli Michaels graduated from the University of Montana School of Law with high honors. In law school, she was President of the Rural Advocacy League, Executive Editor of the Montana Law Review, and a recipient of the Margery Hunter Brown Law Assistantship. She also worked as a summer intern for the Montana Department of Agriculture, which gave her insight into the state government framework. After law school, Ms. Michaels clerked for the Honorable N. Randy Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she gained an understanding of appellate practice and experience conducting in-depth legal research.

Ms. Michaels holds an undergraduate degree in Range Science. Prior to law school, she worked for sheep and cattle ranches, first as a ranch hand and later as a Natural Resource Specialist for a private consulting company. As a range scientist, Ms. Michaels conducted rangeland vegetation sampling in six western states, documented grazing use on public lands, developed rangeland management plans, and provided litigation support for permittees. She proudly hails from Melville, Montana.

Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Property Law
  • Public Land Use
  • Water Law
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
Bar Admissions
  • Montana, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana: Juris Doctorate – 2015
  • Principia College, Elsah, Illinois: Bachelor of Science – 2008
    Major: Range Science / Minor: Political Science
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Fifth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Water Law Section of Montana Bar
  • C.J. Michaels, Three Alternatives for Managing Free-Roaming Horses and Burros: A Legal Reform, 58 Nat. Resources J. 365 (2018)