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Wendy Holton - Helena, MT

Helena Criminal Defense Lawyer
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7 West 6th AveSuite 4NHelena, MT 59601
Wendy HoltonLawyer Overview

Wendy received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 1984 and then went to Georgetown University where she was a Prettyman Fellow, receiving her L.L.M. in Advocacy in 1988. After completing a clerkship with the Honorable Gordon R. Bennett, she hung out her shingle in 1989. Her practice is limited to criminal defense in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level with an emphasis on defending persons charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Wendy received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 1984 and then went to Georgetown University where she was a Prettyman Fellow, receiving her L.L.M. in Advocacy in 1988. After completing a clerkship with the Honorable Gordon R. Bennett, she hung out her shingle in 1989. Her practice is limited to criminal defense in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level with an emphasis on defending persons charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Wendy served as President of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 2010-2011 and, by appointment of the Montana Supreme Court, on the Montana Criminal Jury Instructions Commission (1988-2012), and the Montana Evidence Commission (2001-2012). She served on the Montana Public Defender Commission from 2005-2008, the Conference Executive Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2006-2009, the Ninth Circuit Advisory Rules Committee from 2004-2007, was a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2003-2006, and was President of the Montana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2004-2005. She is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs.

Wendy is AV rated, and has been selected for inclusion in the Mountain States Super Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers top 100 Trial Lawyers in Montana since 2013. She was honored by the Montana Innocence Project with its 2013 Defender of Justice Award and by the Montana Justice Foundation as a Champion of Justice in 2014.

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Practice Areas
Criminal Defense 50%DUI Defense 50%
Litigation
100%
Current Employment Position(s)
Sole Practitioner
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Montana, 1984U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1987U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1990U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
Other Affiliations
State Bar of MontanaFederal Bar Association, 2004 - 2005 (President Montana Chapter) Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers , 2010 - 2011 (President) State Bar of Montana, Criminal Defense Section National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersNational College for DUI DefenseNational Trial Lawyers
Education
University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana, 1984
J.D.
Honors: With High Honors
Honors: AmJur Award for Excellence in Labor Law
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988
LL.M., Master of Law(s)
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
B.S.
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Outstanding Accounting Major 1978
Major: Accounting
Past Positions
The Honorable Gordon Bennet, Law Clerk, 1988Georgetown University Law Center, Prettyman Fellow, 1984 - 1986Missoula County Attorney’s Office, Intern, 1983 - 1984Montana Criminal Law Information, Research Assistant, 1982 - 1983Eastern Montana College, Instructor of Accounting, 1981 - 1982
Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer Attorney for the Montana Innocence Project, 2013 - 2015
Classes and Seminars
Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Federal Defenders of Montana, Annual Conference, March 2015 – DUIFSFSTHGN: Alphabet Soup – Defending the Drinking Driver
State Bar of Montana, June 2014 – New Lawyer Workshop
Montana State Public Defenders, October 2014 – Cross-Examination of the Expert in a DUI Case; Cross-Examination of the Cop in a DUI Case
U.S. Attorney’s Office/Montana Attorney General’s Office, 2014 Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Program, May 2014 – Evidence and Evidentiary Foundations
Montana State Public Defenders, October 2013 – Jury Instructions
Montana State Public Defenders, August 2012, Defending DUI Cases in Montana – Voir Dire
Montana Bar Association, May 2012, DUI Cases: From Stop to Appeal – The Defense Perspective
Montana Bar Association, October 2009 – Rookie Camp
Montana Judicial Institute, February 2008 – Anatomy of a Criminal Case
Montana State Public Defenders, July 2007 – The Art and Science of DUI Defense in Montana
Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, March 2007 – How to Keep Your State Court Client Out of Federal Court
Montana State Public Defenders, February 2007 – What State Defenders Need to Know About Federal Criminal Law
Montana Bar Association, September 2005 – Rookie Camp
Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice Twentieth Annual Seminar, February 2005 – Ethics
Montana Bar Association Annual Meeting, September 2004 – Moderator, Federal Sentencing Guidelines Panel
Montana County Attorney’s Association Summer Training Conference, July 2004 – Panel Discussion – Admissibility of the Preliminary Breath Test
Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice Nineteenth Annual Seminar, February 2004 – Ethics 101 for the DUI Practitioner
United States District Court, Montana Chapter Federal Bar Association, and the Federal Practice Section of the Montana State Bar, Federal Practice Program, September 2003 – Criminal Panel, Preparing and Conducting Criminal Litigation in Federal Court
State Bar of Montana CLE Institute, June 2002 – Capital Crimes Defense CLE, Appellate Practice, The Montana Perspective
State Bar of Montana CLE Institute, March 1997 – Criminal Defense CLE, Finding the Truth Through the Use of Pretrial Motions and Jury Instructions
Montana Law Enforcement Academy – Presentations on courtroom demeanor and moot court exercises for law enforcement officer trainees
Law Day – Presentations at area high schools in recognition of Law Day
Fraternities and Sororities
Phi Kappa PhiTau Pi Phi
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Honors
Montana Justice Foundation – Champion of Justice, 2014Montana Innocence Project – Defender of Justice Award, 2013Martindale Hubbell – AV RatingMountain States Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014, 2015National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Montana Lawyers
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7 West 6th AveSuite 4NHelena, MT 59601
Phone
406-442-9349
Fax
406-443-4829
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