Max A. Hansen, CES, Program Co-Chair, is Managing Director of Accruit LLC. He joined Accruit after 27 years as President and CEO of American Equity Exchange, Inc., one of the first Section 1031 qualified intermediary companies in the Rocky Mountain Region. For over 40 years, Max has helped taxpayers and real estate professionals successfully complete property exchanges.
Gage Hart Zobell, Program Co-Chair, is the Manager of Land & Government Affairs, Cattle Division, at Farmland Reserve, Inc. He handles large agricultural and natural resource land transactions, land management, siting and permitting of renewable energy sites, environmental compliance, public lands access, natural resource management, and government affairs.
Reneé L. Coppock is a partner with Crowley Fleck PLLP, practicing in the areas of agricultural law, water law, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, commercial transactions and environmental law since joining the firm in 1987. She has substantial experience representing landowners in disputes with government agencies.
Dash DeJarnatt is an attorney with the Bryan Law Firm PC and is licensed to practice law in Montana and Washington. His areas of practice include business law, tax law, trademarks, copyrights, and regulatory compliance with an emphasis in alcohol law. While attending law school, Dash served as the President of the Wine and Beverage Law Society.
Christian P. Dietrich is an attorney and co-founder of Neilson Swanson Dietrich PLLC. He advises clients on conservation real estate transactions, laws relating to tax-exempt organizations and their donors, and related areas. He specializes in perpetual conservation easement transactions and on serving the legal needs of land trust organizations.
Elizabeth W. Erickson, an attorney at Worden Thane PC, is passionate about all things related to land, water and natural resources. Her transactional practice focuses on land use, property law, access and easement issues, real estate transactions and conservation real estate, estate planning, water law, and environmental and natural resources matters.
Malcolm H. Goodrich is a partner with Goodrich & Reely PLLC. He focuses his practice on commercial transactions, ranch sales, foreclosures and business bankruptcies. He represents business debtors in workouts and reorganizations, business clients in commercial transactions and ranch sales, and business and banking creditors in all bankruptcy chapter matters.
Judd Jensen is a shareholder at Browning Kaleczyc Berry & Hoven PC. He maintains a broad-based practice, primarily including real estate; trusts and estates; agriculture, farming and ranching. His practice is focused on resolving complex agricultural matters for farmers, meat processors, insurers, grain companies, and other agricultural businesses.
Aaron Oxarart is the Vice President of Montana Livestock Ag Credit, Inc., covering the Hi-Line area of Montana. Aaron came to work for Montana Livestock Ag Credit out of college as an Intern and has been an Assistant Vice President since 2006. He has also served as a board member for the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance since 2013.
Robert J. Phillips is a partner at Garlington Lohn & Robinson PLLP. He practices in insurance defense, including coverage opinions, coverage litigation and bad faith defense. He has tried numerous civil jury trials in automobile, trucking, railroad, products liability, professional liability, construction defect and insurance bad faith, in State, Federal and Tribal courts.
Joel E. Silverman, founder of Silverman Law Office PLLC, focuses on assisting individuals and businesses with business law, tax, succession planning, employment issues, wills, trusts, property transactions, liquor and gambling law, and oil and natural gas law. He has been coaching and consulting various businesses to deal with the new world of marketing and business practices.
Michael S. Swan is the Owner & Managing Broker at Swan Land Company. He has been a licensed agent since 2002, handling premier properties and complex transactions. With this extensive skill set he has established a reputation for representing multifaceted ranching and farming operations throughout Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Peter B. Taylor is an attorney at Crowley Fleck PLLP practicing in the areas of NEPA compliance, CERCLA, the Endangered Species Act, water law, and agricultural litigation. Prior to entering the practice of law, he spent over sixteen years in production agriculture operating a commercial cow-calf operation. He is an intense advocate for all aspects of Montana agriculture
Laura E. Walker is a member of Jardine Stephenson Blewett & Weaver PC. She works closely with her clients, which include corporations, small business and individuals, to develop and implement strategies to achieve their goals. She regularly assists her clients in planning for death or disability, transitions and sales of businesses, and real estate transactions.