Ryan P. McLane, Program Co-Chair, is an attorney at Franz & Driscoll PLLP, where the bulk of his practice is in water law. He previously served as legal counsel to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Dana Elias Pepper, Program Co-Chair, is the owner of River and Range Law PLLC. Her practice is focused on water rights, real estate and agricultural law. She served for 6 years as a Water Master at the Montana Water Court.
Abigail R. Brown is the founding attorney for ARB Law Group. She practices primarily in the area of water law adjudication proceedings in the Montana Water Court and enforcement proceedings in Montana district courts.
Hon. Stephen R. Brown is the Associate Water Judge of the Montana Water Court. He was previously a partner at Garlington Lohn & Robinson PLLP in Missoula where he practiced environmental, natural resources, and energy law.
Barbara Chillcott serves as the Water Rights Bureau Chief with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Previously, she worked as an attorney for the agency, primarily focused on water-related litigation.
Holly J. Franz recently retired from Franz & Driscoll PLLP where she practiced in the areas of water rights and government relations. She is now enjoying unlimited vacation time and is not responsible for anyone’s concerns except her own.
Breeann M. Johnson is a managing partner at Western Roots Law PLLC. Her practice focuses on water rights, agricultural law, land, oil/gas, Indian law, and general civil litigation. She is a member of the MT Bar’s Technology Committee.
Amanda Kaster is the Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The DNRC oversees a wide range of issues pertaining to natural resources, including managing state trust lands and water resources.
Molly Kelly serves as legal counsel to the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation. She has been providing legal support on implementation of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Compact.
Kyle Mace is a water resource specialist at WGM Group, Inc. He has more than 10 years of experience in water right research, report writing, mapping, water measurement, new appropriations, and other natural resources permitting.
Vicki Marquis is an attorney at Holland & Hart LLP. She provides counsel to clients on natural resource and environmental litigation and permitting matters, specializing in water quality, endangered species, and environmental review.
Hon. Russ McElyea was appointed to the Montana Water Court in 2012. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a partner with Moore O’Connell & Refling PC, and COO of Moonlight Basin. He has been practicing law since 1989.
Justice Laurie McKinnon was elected to the Montana Supreme Court in 2012. She worked to develop the Early Resolution and Mediation Program (ERAMP) to provide low-income parents with assistance in mediating their disputes.
Jason Mohr is a research analyst for the nonpartisan Montana Legislative Environmental Policy Office (LEPO). He also serves as staff for the Water Policy Interim Committee. He has worked for the Montana Legislature for 12 ½ years.
Lucas J. Osborne, PE, is a professional engineer with 22 years’ experience in civil and water resources engineering. As the owner and President of HydroSolutions, he is responsible for technical services and project development.
Bina R. Peters is an attorney and partner at River and Range Law PLLC. Her practice focuses on water and property law and she occasionally serves as a mediator. She previously worked as a Water Master at the Montana Water Court.
Ryan Rusche is an Attorney at Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. Previously, Ryan was an Attorney at Fort Peck Tribes as well as a Roosevelt County Attorney. He is the chair of the Montana Human Rights Commission.
Mark L. Stermitz is of counsel with Crowley Fleck PLLP. He represents clients in projects and lawsuits implicating federal and state environmental laws including air and water quality, NEPA, CERCLA and endangered species.
Susan B. Swimley has a private practice emphasizing land use, road and access issues, real estate and litigation. From 1991-2000 she was with the Gallatin County Attorney’s office, for three years as Chief Deputy County Attorney.
Richard C. Tappan is an attorney at Bloomquist Law Firm PC. His legal practice is focused on water law, natural resources, oil and gas, and private and public lands issues, appearing before both state and federal courts.
W. John Tietz is a shareholder in Browning Kaleczyc Berry & Hoven PC and a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources and Litigation Practice Groups. His practice concentrates on water law, permitting and compliance.
Madeleine Weisz is currently a Senior Water Master with the Montana Water Court, adjudicating water rights throughout the state. While at law school she co-founded the Water Association of Law and Policy student organization.
Arne Wick is the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation’s Compact Implementation Program Manager. He attends to the State's obligations under compacts through a wide range of technical and administrative duties.