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Jacqueline R. Papez

Jacqueline R. Papez

Shareholder since January 1, 2017
Red Lodge, Montana

Law Practice 

Ms. Papez is a fourth-generation Montanan, growing up on her family’s Carbon County ranch outside of Belfry. Ms. Papez joined the firm as an associate in 2010 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law. She is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Montana and Idaho, and represents clients in a variety of proceedings before administrative agencies, state courts, and federal courts.  Her practice areas focus on real property transactions and litigation and regulatory practice involving environmental, natural resource, real property, water, administrative law, business, and insurance coverage issues.  When not practicing law, Ms. Papez tries to keep up with her husband and two young children and all of the activities they pursue, and assists her family in ranch operations.

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, 2011
  • Montana, 2010


  • University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho
    • Juris Doctorate - 2010
  • University of Montana
    • Bachelor of Arts - 2002
    • Major: Biology (Ecology Emphasis)
    • Major: Anthropology

Published Works

  • Native (Hydro) Power: Alternate Avenues for Achieving Native Control of Natural Resources on Tribal Lands, with Focus on Hydropower Dams, 46 Idaho Law Review 671, 2010
  • Over 100 Years without True “Home Rule” in Idaho: Time for Change, 46 Idaho Law Review 587, 2010
  • Ownership of Streams, Beds, Banks, and Islands , 11th Annual Montana Water Law Seminar, 2011
  • Introduction to Easements, Montana Land Laws Seminar, 2013
  • Identifying, Classifying, and Locating Easements, Determining Land Ownership and Access Rights Seminar, 2014
  • Legal Update for the Solid Waste Industry, Montana Solid Waste Contractors Association Annual Meeting, 2015 - Present
  • Methods for Shifting Environmental Liability, Natural Resources and Environmental Law CLE, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Montana State Bar - Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Section
  • Montana State Bar - Water Section
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, YWCA of Helena, 2011
  • Board Member, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, 2018 - Present

Contact Information

Diamond Block Building 
44 West 6th Avenue, Suite 200
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 800-639-9850
Fax: 406-449-8443
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Red Lodge Office
23 North Broadway Avenue
Suite 206
Red Lodge, MT 59068
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