Alanah Griffith is a fifth-generation Montanan born and raised in the Four Corners area of Bozeman, Montana. She left Montana for college, but came back to the state after her travels assured her that Montana was her home. She graduated summa cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology and an honors minor in History of Ideas. After traveling and working for a few years, Ms. Griffith attended law school at the University of Montana School of Law. There she was the symposium editor of the Montana Law Review and a member of the award winning Negotiation Team. She graduated in 2002 with honors.
After law school, she was employed by Gallatin County Judge Mark Guenther as his law clerk. She spent two years in that position. As many know, Judge Guenther passed away in office after a battle with cancer, leaving Ms. Griffith and his staff to attempt to find judges throughout the state to help with the already bursting legal docket. In her position, Ms. Griffith worked for 24 different district court judges, learning first hand how judges from around the state each ran their own courtrooms. She was one of the members of Judge Guenther’s staff who was honored by the Montana Supreme Court for her work during this time.
After her clerkship was completed, Ms. Griffith entered private practice. She has a general civil practice and provides both legal and mediation services. In addition to mediation she currently focuses on the legal areas of contract law, business law (including organizing various business organizations, purchase and sale of organizations and litigation) real estate law (including real estate development, sales, easements and litigation), construction law, property owners’ associations, guardianships and conservatorships and adoptions.
Ms. Griffith is actively involved in the Montana legal community. She is the past President of the New Lawyers Section. This section connects new lawyers to their community through community service projects in the schools. She also is a current member of the Professionalism Committee of the Montana Bar Association. This committee focuses on promoting professionalism within Montana’s legal community through education. She also volunteers for many local legal assistance programs including the Community Mediation Center, the Gallatin Legal Assistance Clinic and the Gallatin County Justice Court’s Project Settle.
When not in the office, Ms. Griffith can be found playing with her husband, her son and her Siberian Husky. They play on Montana’s rivers whitewater kayaking and rafting, climbing on some rock, hiking and camping, or in the mountains backcountry skiing. She is currently a Board Member for Reach, Inc., a non-profit corporation serving adults with disabilities by helping them attain their individual goals and aspirations for living life to its fullest.
Mindy T. Cummings is a general civil attorney whose practice focuses on real estate, land use, contract and community association law. Ms. Cummings attended law school at the University of Montana School of Law and received her law degree from the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law with a certification in environmental and land use law. She is licensed to practice in Montana and Florida (inactive).
Ms. Cummings has extensive experience in large and small scale development and for seven years was in-house counsel for a large homeowners’ association. She spent 8 years as a member and chair of the Gallatin Canyon/Big Sky Zoning Advisory Committee and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Gallatin County Planning and Zoning Commission. She conducts presentations for homeowners’ association boards and the State Bar of Montana and is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in urban and regional planning.
Ms. Cummings is an active civic volunteer with various community and housing groups and was named Volunteer of the Year by the Big Sky Community Organization in 2014.
Liz Leman is an associate attorney whose practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate, construction, land use, contract and community association law. Ms. Leman received her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law where she graduated magna cum laude in 2017. She is licensed to practice in Montana and the District of Columbia.
Ms. Leman finished a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Anthony C. Epstein, the Deputy Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, in 2019. She made the decision to return to Montana to practice after working in Helena with the Montana Legal Services Association prior to law school.
Ms. Leman has worked as an intern and fellow at several legal aid organizations and has experience with client representation.